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Watch This: Various US Politicians Admit They’ve Tried Cannabis

The way politicians act, you’d think none of them have ever pulled up to the function with a joint in-pocket and a lighter in-hand. They’re so uptight; so overly serious; so ready to burn the world down all the time, but what about these trees? Are they ready to burn those down? According to this video of politicians admitting to smoking, the answer is yes.

In it you’ll find a plethora of former presidents and other political figures talking about their experiences with cannabis and how once upon a time (or multiple times), they did occasionally indulge in a little sesh. People like the GOAT Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders we already knew about, but it’s also pretty entertaining to see the Bush brothers discuss it and how they apparently can still get grounded by their parents. (Weak asses.)


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‘There is a Massive Injustice Being Done’: This Week in Cannabis Quotes

This week has brought some surprising revelations from Orrin Hatch and Jeff Sessions. Canada mourned the loss of the inimitable unofficial poet laureate of Canada and lead singer of The Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, as well as another Canadian cannabis icon, John Dunsworth, more affectionately known as Mr. Lahey on the TV show, Trailer Park Boys. Sen. Cory Booker explains why, although he’s never touched the stuff, he continues to make cannabis legalization a signature issue in his career, while MassRoots sees a shakeup in leadership.

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“It’s been this experience of seeing the hypocrisy within marijuana prohibition, and how it’s destroyed so many lives and communities who get caught up in the war on drugs, while other communities are more easily able to have their breaking of the law exonerated or overlooked. There is a massive injustice being done in a nation that believes in equal justice under the law; marijuana enforcement makes a mockery of that ideal.”

 – Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) on why cannabis is his signature issue

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“I’m very concerned about recent reports that DOJ and DEA are at odds on marijuana research, particularly when it comes to granting licenses to grow marijuana for further research. Can you clarify the position of the Justice Department regarding these applications?”

 – Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) discussing the expansion of medical marijuana research

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“We have a marijuana research system working now, but there is one supplier of the marijuana for that research. People have asked that there be multiple sources of the marijuana for medicinal research and have asked that it be approved… Each one of those has to be supervised by the DEA and I have raised questions about how many and let’s be sure we’re doing this in the right way because it costs a lot of money to supervise these events. I think it’d be healthy to have some more competition in the supply.”

 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions on expanding the medicinal cannabis supply chain

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“I am so blown away by the marijuana culture that’s out here. Seems to me and it’s seemed to me for years that the government has been so ridiculous–ever since 1923 in Canada. Hemp is so beneficial in so many ways…I mean, to make marijuana legal would cost them billions of dollars, for sure. So there’s a lot of people standing in line to make it impossible to make this a legal substance, but out here in [British Columbia], you’d never know. Out here there seems to be another kind of intelligence to me. I tell ya, wouldn’t it be nice, if Canada could learn from BC?”

 – John Dunsworth, actor known as Mr. Lahey on Trailer Park Boys, on cannabis culture in British Columbia

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“Medicinal cannabis is legal in Canada, and it already greatly benefits the health and well-being of many of our fellow Canadians. There is a commitment from the Federal Government to legalize recreational use in just over a year, and with good reason. The harm wrought by the prohibition of marijuana has been thoroughly researched and documented. This is a common-sense-policy and, in our opinion, is a change for the best.”

 – Statement released by The Tragically Hip in May 2017, announcing their partnership with a medical marijuana licensed producer in Canada

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“That is the reason we want to legalize marijuana–not because we can make money off of it. That’s the last reason. If it doesn’t pass the social justice test, you can’t talk about revenue implications, and the fact of the matter is that we have the widest white-nonwhite gap of persons incarcerated in New Jersey.”

 – Phil Murphy, New Jersey gubernatorial candidate on the future of marijuana in New Jersey

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“He refuses to meet with me and Governor Inslee, despite repeated requests. If we can’t agree on what we can disagree on, where are we? We think we have good legal arguments [and] we would defend Washington’s interests.”

 – Bob Ferguson, Washington State Attorney General, when asked about the letter Jeff Sessions sent to the state claiming failures of the Washington state legal cannabis system

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 “By far one of the toughest days of my life.”

 – Isaac Dietrich, former CEO of Massroots after being ousted from the company


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High DIY: How to Make a Cannabis Stash Box

Anything can be used as a stash box—but not everything should be. That grungy Tupperware you’ve had since college, for instance? Legal cannabis deserves a better hiding place.

Enter the homemade cannabis stash box. Your cannabis stash is personal, so your stash box should be too. Luckily, it’s easy—find a box, grab some craft supplies, smoke a bowl, and let creative inspiration take over. Here’s our step-by-step to making a DIY cannabis stash box.

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Step 1: Select Your Box

High DIY: How to Craft a Personalized Marijuana Stash Box | Leafly(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Before you shop, consider where you want your stash box to live. If you’ve got limited shelf space, measure and write down approximate dimensions to search for. Also, consider how much cannabis you want your stash box to hold. Then head to the local thrift store, Container Store, consignment boutique, or estate sale to find something that fits the bill.

Things that work well include jewelry boxes, cigar boxes, bread boxes, recipe boxes, tool boxes, or even small trunks (if you’re hoping to get all your cannabis accoutrements in there as well).

Pro tip: If you’d rather work with something simple and easy to glue and paint onto, you can also buy plain wood boxes in varying sizes from most craft stores.

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Step 2: Round Up Your Supplies

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Head to the craft store to procure any materials you desire. You can choose how fancy you want to get (on the minimal effort side of things, for instance, a cool stash box can be had with as little as a sturdy gift box, old magazines, and a glue stick). Our supply suggestions:

  • X-Acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Super glue, glue sticks, and/or hot glue gun
  • Mod Podge
  • Acrylic paint (for hand painting, detail work, nooks and crannies)
  • Spray paint (for a polished finish—better option for metallic paint)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Magazines (for decoupage)
  • Stickers
  • Decorative paper (wrapping paper or scrapbooking papers work well)
  • Velvet, brocade, or other fabric scraps
  • Ribbon
  • Beads and/or old jewelry
  • Rhinestones or sequins
  • Glitter

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Step 3: Smoke a Bowl

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Great strains for sparking creativity include Kali Mist, Chemdawg, and Berry White—and you can find many more suggestions here.

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Step 4: Make Your Box

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Now that you’re feeling relaxed and inspired, start with whatever materials call to you. You can line the box with fabric, sand and paint the exterior, add personal touches inside and out, or do just about anything you want. A few overarching suggestions:

Use Different Sections for Different Purposes

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Use smaller sections, or boxes within boxes, to hold joints and flowers to keep them from getting jostled; use larger sections of the main box to hold larger items like pipes.

Make Organization Easy

High DIY: How to Craft a Personalized Marijuana Stash Box | Leafly(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

For example, if you plan to keep concentrates in one section of your box and flower in another, you can use green and amber coloring to indicate which section is for which product type.

Make It Eye-Catching

High DIY: How to Craft a Personalized Marijuana Stash Box | Leafly(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

There’s no need to hide your stash away anymore, so give the box bright colors, personality, and plenty of glitz. 

Make It Your Own

High DIY: How to Craft a Personalized Marijuana Stash Box | Leafly(Julia Sumpter/Leafly)

Incorporate things you love—associate editor Lisa Rough, for instance, chose to feature Justin Trudeau prominently, along with a little reminder to stay high.


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The High Score: 6 Horror Games to Play Lit Up With Lights Out

Sometimes, the passive watching of horror films isn’t enough. You need full immersion into horrifying virtual worlds, where you’re fighting for your life against terrors both physical and psychological. As October rolls in with darker, drearier days, there’s no better time to begin exploring the scary titles that will startle and disturb you in the best ways possible. And what better way to sink into terrifying atmospheres than with the sensitizing effects of cannabis? Grab a bowl of whatever strain that makes your heart thump and switch the lights off—we’re headed straight into the virtual hells of these six unforgettable horror games.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

(Frictional Games)

Console: PS4, PC, Mac

Strain Pairing: Amnesia. Beyond the shared name, this mind-warping, thought-twisting sativa strain is a perfect companion for the game, plucking your mind from your body and steeping it in the disorienting, monster-infested horror-scapes of Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

Amnesia is a psychological survival-horror game that still gives me chills seven years after its original release. In it, you open your eyes to a dark mansion with zero context as to who you are, where you are, or where you’re going. Equipped only with an oil lantern that drains with use, your primary enemy in this walk-through horrorscape is insanity—a force that depletes your mental fortitude, like an HP bar, with each step into pitch darkness. Unfamiliar sounds and vague outlines in the shadows scratch away at your character’s sanity like a ghostly fingernail—and if you let yourself sink deep enough, you might find your own heart pounding at the same elevated, anxious rhythm.

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Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

(Capcom)

Console: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Strain Pairing: Night Terror OG. You’re going to need this indica for its power to soothe your screams and relax shaking hands.

It’s family fun night over at the Bakers’ plantation in the newest Resident Evil installation, Biohazard! Playing as civilian Ethan Winters, you’re no combat hero—just a sad husband searching for his missing wife in an old, blood-encrusted farmhouse inhabited by the Baker family (who have all inherited the insanity gene) along with other monstrosities called “The Molded.” Breaking away from the action-focused Resident Evil 5 and 6, this first-person survival-horror aims its efforts on exploration, item interactivity, stunning graphics, and of course, scaring the absolute shit out of you.

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Dead Space 2

(Electronic Arts)

Console: PS3, Xbox 360, PC

Strain Pairing: Alien Hallucination. This dizzying hybrid strain dishes out a trippy head high that will whip the gravity out from under you.

In this sequel to the 2008 original, Isaac Clarke is back to slice and dice more hellish aliens plaguing the Saturn space station, Sprawl. This survival-horror isn’t the latest in the series, but fans cling to this sequel for its bone-chilling ambiance that gets your heart thumping through long, dark hallways and around unpredictable corners. Taking place three year after the original storyline, the terror of Dead Space 2 is driven in part by the post-traumatic stress of the protagonist who must, once again, face extraterrestrial horrors that can only be defeated by strategic dismemberment.

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The Evil Within 2

(Bethesda Softworks)

Console: PS4, Xbox One, PC

Strain Pairing: Monster Cookies. Being chased by a giant, deformed monster with a chainsaw calls for a nice, soothing indica with panic-taming attributes.

Remember the gore-soaked nightmare that was The Evil Within (2014)? Well, the pants-poopin’ good times are back with the sequel, The Evil Within 2. Released just days ago, this grotesque third-person shooter continues the story of protagonist Sebastian Castellanos, whose sanity has gone through the wringer after his experiences at the Beacon Mental Hospital (in the original game), the disappearance of his wife, and supposed death of his daughter. This nightmarish world comes fully stocked with monsters bearing vague resemblance to something once human. A true survival-horror game dreamed up in the bottommost layer of hell, Evil Within 2 taps into our most primitive adrenal instinct of fight-or-flight while tickling the senses with sickly creative figments of psychedelic horror.

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Inside

(Playdead)

Console: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, iOS

Strain Pairing: Lucid Dream. This awakening hybrid strain brings curiosity to the senses, providing a perfect pair for this game’s artistic ambiance and darkly intriguing plot.

Let’s turn the terror down several notches: Inside is an indie puzzle-platformer that uses brilliant light and shadow effects to achieve a monochromatic but richly stunning atmosphere. From the same folks that made Limbo, this linear game suspends you into a narrative without context: You’re a nameless young boy sliding down a rocky hill into a series of surreal and strange scenarios, and the final destination is a place is one you won’t soon forget (and that is all I will say about it). Demanding only about four hours of your time from start to finish, Inside can sooner be compared to a comic book than a novel, and I can think of few better ways to spend a stoney, rainy evening inside.

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P.T.

(Konami)

Console: PS4

Strain Pairing: White Nightmare – This sativa’s stimulating cerebral effects will have your mind and heart racing while sharpening your senses to the interactive puzzles that demand both creativity and patience.

P.T. – short for “playable teaser” – makes this list solely as an honorable mention as it is sadly no longer available for download (sooo find a friend who has it). Directed by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Torro, this temporary teaser released in 2014 was intended to introduce Silent Hills, the next installment of the Silent Hill series, before all plans for the game were cancelled. P.T. was a short, first-person horror “game” that involved repeatedly walking down a single hallway and foyer. Each loop brought something new and hideously terrifying to confront, whether by sound or sight. Driven by difficult puzzles that took many players days or weeks to solve, P.T. was a psychological challenge in more ways than one.


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NFL Roundtable Discusses Cannabis and Opioids

Four former National Football League players sat down in Toronto last month to discuss old injuries sustained during their playing careers, the rampant opioid addiction now plaguing the league, and the NFL’s hesitant stance on cannabis consumption.

The players—Marvin Washington, Leonard Marshall, Eben Britton, and Grant Mattos—spoke about the pain they’ve endured both during and since their playing careers in an effort to draw attention to the issues and encourage current players.

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“Sitting together with the group of guys that spanned four decades of football and talking was therapeutic,” Washington, a former NFL defensive end, said of the experience. “Too many times we think we are going through something alone, but this will show guys that they are not. Maybe this will start conversations all around the country between former players and ultimately lead to change.”

The roundtable discussion, produced by cannabis website Herb, also delved into how cannabis has helped players cope with pain and injuries suffered from the game. Marshall, a 12-year NFL defensive lineman, talked about the benefits of CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid commonly used to treat chronic pain.

“If players are going to get NFL teams to move away from the use of synthetic pain drugs to treat injuries, I feel they need to band together and form an alliance with one another regarding the use of CBD,” he said. “The general public may think these players are just looking to get high, however, many of these players are just looking to get healthy, and that’s more than fair.”

In recent months, the NFL has begun opening up to the idea of allowing medical cannabis in the league. Officials wrote to the NFL Players Association in July, offering to work together to study cannabis as a potential pain management tool for players.

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“We look forward to working with the players’ association on all issues involving the health and safety of our players,” Joe Lockhart, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications, told the Washington Post.

Washington has spoken widely in recent years about the physical impacts of professional football. In late 2015, he wrote a piece for the Players’ Tribune revealing the pain that he endured during his career, diving into details around concussions and related conditions. The full article is available on the Players Tribune website.

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‘SLEEP’ Might Just Be the Scariest Cannabis Experience in the World

Haunted houses, creepy corn mazes where things pop out when you least expect them … the season for getting scared in the dark is upon us. Are these intentional horror experiences better or worse with cannabis? One extreme Los Angeles-based haunt thinks they’re better, and is trying high horror out for the first time this Halloween.

Cannabis produces this dissociative state that makes free association more likely to happen. You’re actively producing your own narrative out of your paranoia.

Ash Newton, performer in SLEEP

Heretic House/The Parallel, purveyors of boutique, exclusive, full-contact horror experiences, have decided to play up paranoia and dread with their first 420-friendly haunt, SLEEP. The projects are all visions of husband-and-wife team Adrian Marcato and Jessica Murder (not their real names), and to call their performances ‘haunted houses’ is something of an understatement as well as a misnomer—what Heretic House does is different.

Year-round, they creep up with elusive horror simulations, open to only a handful of guests per show. Guests must apply to attend, submit full medical evaluations in advance, and sign waivers if selected. Many of these shows take place in LA, where Marcato and Murder live, but they frequently stage shows across the US and in Europe. Some of them are particularly aggressive, with guests being dragged around in the dark by masked actors who zip them into body bags, dump prodigious amounts of fake blood over their heads, or snip away at their clothes with scissors. Yet it isn’t all senseless terror; in each production, a story is told.

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The first show I ever attended was called HEX, and it explored the uncomfortable nature of sleep paralysis. I was checked in to what was I was told would be a sleep study, before being tucked into bed on a damp mattress with my wrists duct taped together. I soon encountered demons who thrashed me about, whispered threats in my ears, and wheeled my around on a gurney while shrieking, “Don’t you want to wake up?” A second one, ISO & DREAD, poked at claustrophobia, forcing me into increasingly smaller spaces. Shows I haven’t attended include a series of events taking place in a remote cabin in the woods, just like all your favorite horror movies.

SLEEP is one of the first cannabis-friendly haunts in existence. Per the website, it is “an extreme horror experience that will challenge you psychologically.” Though not as physically aggressive as other shows such as HEX, SLEEP will place its victims inside an immersive, waking nightmare. Guests will be bound, held down, or guided throughout the hour-long experience, while simultaneously forced to watch a series of disturbing vignettes that swirl around them. In between these vignettes, guests will be moved to other rooms, where they have the option to consume cannabis in multiple forms, which may include flowers, edibles, and wax. (Guests may decline at any point if they so choose, and can stop the simulation at any time by calling a safe word, which will be written on their arms in case they forget.)

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“We’re using monsters and other creepy elements, but it’s more based on paranoia because sometimes when people smoke, that’s what gets enhanced,” Marcato said. “So we play up the paranoia a lot with heavy visuals. You can tie someone that’s high to a chair, and make them see this creepy thing in front of them that escapes behind them, and then they have to wonder when it will attack them. There’s a lot of psychological dread that we try to plant inside the guests—moments where you’re alone in the dark, where you’re seeing things, or where you’re held down.”

Murder is the one who came up with the idea for SLEEP. Originally, she had wanted to start or invest in a dispensary, and while that has yet to manifest, she later had the idea of combining the horror theater she and Marcato were already producing with cannabis. The couple visited a cannabis festival in Northern California and found the community welcoming to their ideas.

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Though they plan to expand in 2018 after California’s recreational cannabis laws have gone into effect, the 2017 show will only take place on October 30 and 31, and not everyone who applies will be admitted. All guests must be 21 or older, must possess a medical marijuana card, and must undergo a screening process, during which they discuss their medical and psychological history as well as the frequency with which they use cannabis. They must also come with a friend, who will safely drive them home after it’s over. A nurse is present throughout the entire show, the guest will be monitored at all times, and none of the actors will be high or ever come into contact with the cannabis.

Marcato said safety is important to them, and he’s not interested in replicating this experience with alcohol, saying that he’s worked security at horror theme parks that allowed drinking, and found himself having to break up fights among drunk guests. High guests are, as one might expect, a lot more chill.

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So far, SLEEP’s beta tests are working well, with participants citing an enhanced (terrifying) experience after consuming cannabis. Ash Newton, a performer in the show and a creative partner at Drencrom, an upcoming collaborative series of performances, said he thinks it’s possible the scariest moments of the show will be when the participant is alone.

“[Cannabis] produces this dissociative state that makes free association more likely to happen. You’re actively producing your own narrative out of your paranoia,” Newton said.

This ties into what one of my friends said: her mind wanders, and she creates backstories for the monsters in the haunts. What stories would a guest come up with, if left “alone” in a dark room?

Marcato predicts we’ll see more cannabis-friendly haunts and psychedelic Halloween attractions in the future. After all, people are already going to haunts and horror movies high, even though these venues may not explicitly allow it. “People are probably going to see ‘It’ high tonight,” he said.

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Lyft Rides: Are They Worth the High?

Dante Jordan determines if using the ride share service, Lyft, is an enjoyable experience while stoned, or if you’re better off walking.

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Why My Wife and I Used Our Wedding to Celebrate Responsible Cannabis Consumption

It was an unseasonably warm October evening as I walked toward the live mariachi band with my new bride, Cynthia. In between days of dreary rain and freezing snow, somehow the clouds parted and made room for a perfect wedding under the stars last weekend in Lafayette, Colorado—just north of Denver.

As the eight-piece band set off into a soaring chorus of harmonies, I couldn’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of joy. Here we were on this beautiful night in our earliest moments as newlyweds, sharing it with our family, relatives, closest friends, and more than 100 colleagues.

Why Microdoses of Marijuana Are the Perfect Addition to a Wedding | LeaflyAndy and Cynthia exchange their vows. (Courtesy of Carmely Photography)

Cynthia and I are both proud members of the cannabis industry, and in planning one of the most important days of our lives, we decided to share a key part of ourselves with those nearest and dearest to us by integrating cannabis into our wedding reception. Our guests discovered an array of locally sourced cannabis products in our specially outfitted Bud Barn—a literal barn adored with scores of elegant chandeliers hanging from the roof. There were cannabis soft drinks from Keef Cola, infused teas from Purple Monkey, and gooey, tantalizing s’mores made with cannabis chocolates crafted by Incredibles. To top it all off, budtenders were holding court in the Bud Barn, hand-rolling joints for our guests with flower sourced from our Denver cultivation facility at Medicine Man.

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By this point you’re likely thinking our wedding vows were exchanged in a haze of billowing smoke. But that’s where you’d be wrong, as we didn’t open the Bud Barn until after the ceremony. As people who are invested in the future of the cannabis industry, Cynthia and I are passionate about responsible social cannabis consumption. We believe in the power of cannabis to positively shape people’s health and well-being, yet we understand the anxiety surrounding recreational use for new adopters, which is why we decided to create a space at our wedding reception where novices and experienced enthusiasts alike could experiment on their own terms and, most importantly, relax knowing they were in full control of their high.

Why Microdoses of Marijuana Are the Perfect Addition to a Wedding | LeaflyKnowledgeable budtenders helped ensure that no one went overboard. (Courtesy of Carmely Photography)

To ensure this, all the infused cannabis products we served at our wedding were microdosed, with every serving measured to contain only a fraction of a dose of THC. This allowed every guest to effectively control their own experience. A typical microdose contains 2.5 milligrams of activated THC, which is one-quarter of the state-regulated edible cannabis serving size in Colorado and other states. Some people say it’s cannabis’s equivalent of having a glass of pinot grigio. That’s what we mean by responsible social cannabis consumption.

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We’re starting to see more cannabis businesses producing microdosed products, understanding that, sometimes, less is more. A single piece of chocolate in the cannabis-infused s’mores we served included 2.5 milligrams of THC. Each cup of tea also included 2.5 milligrams. The Keef Cola, served in champagne flutes, was measured out at roughly 1 milligram of THC, so that nobody—an experienced aficionado or first-timer—was going to have a bad experience on our watch.

It was a night of firsts for many of our 400 guests, all of whom received cards at the beginning of the night encouraging them to try something new at our celebration. For some, that meant substituting alcohol with cannabis. For others, it meant testing some new moves out on the dance floor.

Of course, not everyone at our reception consumed cannabis. Like many wedding receptions, we had a full bar stocked with beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and champagne, as well as an espresso bar, topped off with infused and non-infused options for sweetener and creamer.

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While alcohol and socializing are a culturally acceptable pairing, cannabis is still on the fringes, even when the data clearly points to it as the far safer alternative. An average of 88,000 alcohol-related deaths occur annually in the US alone, with more than 2,000 of those deaths due to alcohol poisoning, and Colorado is one of the leading states for alcohol poisoning fatalities per capita. By comparison, no cannabis overdose has ever been reported. And while Denver’s dynamic bar scene is thriving, it’s still almost impossible to legally consume cannabis in any form outside of someone’s personal residence—even though the city’s voters approved social use-centric Initiative 300 in November 2016.

Why Microdoses of Marijuana Are the Perfect Addition to a Wedding | LeaflyAndy and Cynthia share their first dance. (Courtesy of Carmely Photography)

So our hope is that our friends and neighbors will look back to our wedding as an example of responsible social cannabis use, because there are clearly certain prohibition-era relics still hanging on, even in these enlightened days.

With that, Cynthia and I raise a glass to the future, one that is more enlightened about this plant we love. Next up, Maine for the honeymoon—where we will toast the rest of our lives together in another recreationally legal state!

Cheers.


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The Rise of ‘Canna-Vlogging’: What to Expect When Creating Cannabis Video Social Media

Thanks to the democratization of video technology and ever-increasing accessibility to video content across virtually every relevant platform, video-based media is now the new normal in today’s social media landscape. Subsequently, the growing permanence of cannabis culture has afforded those interested in utilizing video-based media a megaphone to share ideas and experiences related to this burgeoning culture. Influencers who once fought to support their pro-cannabis lifestyles through social media platforms are now able to do so with much less pushback. The result? An influx of cannabis-related video content and a hungry community of likeminded consumers to support it.

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Yet, the fight is far from over for people who want to start crafting their own cannabis-themed video content. They still face an uphill battle to receive the same benefits of social media success as their peers in other genres. Learn more about how cannabis video content has permeated social media, plus glean some takeaways for those interested in exploring cannabis vlogging.

Strict, Yet Vague, Content Guidelines

Perhaps the largest setback to creators within the cannabis genre has (and still remains) stringent yet often overtly ambiguous content guidelines. These restrictions stifle creativity and prohibit information about cannabis and the future surrounding it. Entire social media platforms have been known to discriminate against cannabis-based content on the grounds that they violate user agreements and content rules established by the sites’ administrators.

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For creatives aiming to share cannabis-related content, these restrictions have become the greatest setback. Nevertheless, through perseverance, social media influencers have emerged to share their voice and, despite opposition, have persevered in growing the community to what is is today.

An important distinguisher in the emergence of the cannabis genre in video-based social media culture has been YouTube. This platform has been the epicenter of video-based content since its inception, and YouTube continues to dominate the space in terms of user acquisition and engagement.

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YouTube has emerged as a uniquely important destination for cannabis-based content due to its (passive) acceptance of creators looking to explore this unique sector. Compared to its competitors, YouTube has had a history of being notoriously soft on restricting cannabis-related content, offering creators a safer space to share their videos without fear of takedowns or other forms of censorship.

…that is, until recently.

One major aspect that separated YouTube from other video-based social media platforms has been its incentive program for creators to earn revenue though advertising. Otherwise known as AdSense, this program allows creators to collect a share of the advertising revenue that their content generates.

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A caveat to this program, one that hadn’t affected cannabis content creators until earlier this year, is that the programming must prove to be “advertiser friendly” in order to qualify for AdSense revenue sharing. Due to a series of issues involving ads playing on highly controversial (non-cannabis-related) content, YouTube has since altered not only its policy towards which content qualifies as advertiser-friendly, it’s also modified its algorithms to make this type of content much harder to search for and view. Cannabis content did not make that cut, and revenue sharing for this community has all but been lost because of this change.

Diversity in Cannabis-Related Content

Despite the fiscally devastating impact of the recent AdSense policy changes, creatives continue to persevere by sharing their cannabis-related content. Today, a vastly diverse array of cannabis-themed video creators have succeeded in amassing an impressive community of fans and enthusiasts. Their accomplishments, though shadowed by an inability to share in the financial spoils deserved to them, have not been lost on the millions of engaged fans who continue to watch, like, and share.

Here’s a look at a few accomplished influencers who have pioneered cannabis video-based content and paved the way for others to follow in their paths.

CustomGrow420

Joel, or “Jolie Olie,” as he has coined on his wildly popular YouTube channel, has amassed a following exceeding 1.4 million subscribers, making his channel arguably the most popular cannabis-themed program on YouTube to date. Since 2013 he has been cranking out weekly content ranging from smoke sessions to product reviews and event excursions.

StrainCentral

Cannabis strain reviews and educational content is the name of the game for Josh from StrainCentral. His efforts to push this sub-genre forward have succeeded profoundly, and his content is among the highest quality out there. Today , you can see StrainCentral in every corner of the cannabis space. From frequent postings on his main channel to collaborations with other creatives, Josh continues to inspire cannabis education in as many ways possible.

Crutch420

A true influencer in the cannabis space, Joe Kid has revolutionized long-format videos with his newly renovated YouTube talk show filmed out of his home in Colorado. Perhaps one of the most engaging and polished productions available, his show has gained him a popularity to be reckoned with. Tune in weekly as he and his fiancée traverse the cannabis landscape with a self-produced show that covers everything from reviews to interviews and more.

SilencedHippie

Based out of Rhode Island, canna-vlogger Sasha (also known as “SilencedHippie“) has made waves in cannabis-related video content. One of the earlier self-described “stoner-vloggers,” her channel has pushed the vlog concept to new heights. Today, Sasha is among the most recognized social media influencers in the cannabis space, where you can find her educating and engaging fans all over the country.

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How to Start Your Own Canna-Vlog

If you’re interested in creating your own cannabis-themed content, there are many ways you can get started. Here are a few tried and true sub-genres to look into if you need a little inspiration on where to begin.

Video Diaries

Chronicling your daily musings or thoughts may be the easiest place to start if you’re new to filming your cannabis lifestyle. Just turn on the camera and organically create, allowing others a window into your life’s adventures. There’s no wrong way to vlog; simply getting out there and pressing record is all you’ll need to get started. This can be anything from smoking with friends to hanging out and sharing your views and opinions on cannabis culture.

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Grow Journals

For those cultivating their own cannabis, whether at home or as an occupation, grow journalling is a terrific way to share experiences with engaging fans. This sub-genre has grown rapidly in popularity over the years, with influencers in this space amassing subscribers at incredible rates. Documenting a grow doesn’t necessarily require you to be a master grower, either—learning the ropes is a valuable element to capture for those who are looking to learn as well.

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Educational Content

If you find that you’re the kind of person who loves educating others about cannabis lifestyle and culture, producing educational content may just be for you. From performing strain or product reviews to providing tutorials, there’s no limit to the amount of content you can produce when focusing on teaching others about cannabis. Sharing knowledge is one of the most powerful tools an influencer can have in this space.

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These are just a few ideas to get you started on your path to creating quality cannabis-related video content. There are many ways you can take advantage of this growing medium, so pick an angle and give it a try. You never know what will resonate with an audience until you put yourself out there!

If you’re a fan of cannabis video content, share down below what you enjoy seeing the most and why. In the meantime, happy canna-vlogging!


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Melissa Etheridge’s Cannabis Mugshot Is Amazing

Melissa Etheridge, singer, songwriter, Grammy-winner, and cannabis advocate has blessed the world with what may be the greatest mug shot of all time, after a cannabis possession arrest at the US-Canada border.

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Etheridge smiled for the photo after her tour bus was stopped and searched with K9 units as she crossed into the US from Canada at the North Dakota border on August 17. Agents discovered cannabis oil aboard the tour bus and arrested her. According to reports, she was booked for the possession of a controlled substance and pleaded not guilty. Although the musician has a medical marijuana authorization from her home state of California, North Dakota does not allow reciprocity for out-of-state medical marijuana patients.

Just weeks later, at the same border crossing, ’70s rocker Todd Rundgren was passing through on Sept. 9 and was hit with a similar charge. Although the K9 units missed it, US Customs and Border Patrol agents found two vapes and containers with THC liquid inside. He was booked for possession of drugs and paraphernalia.

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“I continue to use cannabis to treat the lasting gastrointestinal effects of the chemo and to help me get a good night’s sleep.”

Melissa Etheridge

For her part, Etheridge has been vocal about her cannabis use in recent years, using it as part of breast cancer treatment and even acknowledging that she prefers to consume cannabis rather than alcohol with her adult kids. She’s also entered the cannabis industry as an entrepreneur, offering a line of cannabis-infused wine through her company, Etheridge Farms. She’s featured in the documentary “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed,” a film focusing on female entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry set to be released later this winter.

Etheridge is also an outspoken proponent of legalization, having recently visited Missouri to endorse a medical cannabis proposal and share her experience using cannabis to treat the side effects of chemotherapy. “Not only did it treat my nausea better than anything else I tried, it alleviated both my physical and emotional pain. I continue to use cannabis to treat the lasting gastrointestinal effects of the chemo and to help me get a good night’s sleep,” she said. “It saddens me when I think about the tens of thousands of patients in Kansas and Missouri who do not enjoy the same safe, legal access to medical cannabis that I did.”

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Beaming from ear-to-ear in her surprisingly cheerful mug shot, Etheridge reminds us of a cool, activist aunt. Her friendly, unabashed grin makes it seem like she doesn’t regret a thing.


Thank you for visiting MDMMCC.com, the premier Medical Marijuana Certification Center in Maryland. Our Mission at the Maryland Medical Marijuana Certification Clinics (MDMMCC) is to provide the certification necessary for qualified patients to obtain Medical Marijuana in compliance with the Maryland Medical Marijuana Laws in the State of Maryland.  MDMMCC will have offices open throughout Maryland.