Cannavoices Team's Posts (196)

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. In the end, there was no infraction of the rules and his gold medal was reinstated.

Fast-forward to today where 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, which is a direct nod to his past: Ross’ Gold. Ross whisks us around Whistler showing us how he’s fully embraced and integrated cannabis into his life and diet. Consuming cannabis helps to fuel his body by increasing his appetite, essentially giving him the Munchies and enabling him to consume the calories he needs to actively perform and function as a faster and stronger athlete. (Source)

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN, joined Dr. Staci Gruber, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, for a discussion on medical marijuana. Gupta spoke of his experience studying the effects of medical marijuana and recounting stories of patients using the substance for its health benefits. Gupta described how his opinion has changed on the subject as a result of these encounters and the growing evidence to suggest its potential ability to treat neurological problems. Gupta and Gruber also spoke to the concern of giving medical marijuana to children and whether there are lasting negative effects of marijuana usage, both medical and recreational in adolescents under the age of sixteen. (Source)

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Bong Appetit, a new show about the wonders of weed-infused drinks and beverages. Throughout the series, the show will be introduced to the many uses of marijuana—from curing the body to just smoking it for a good time.

In the first episode, host Matt Zimbric heads to a secret Californian medical marijuana garden run by Nonna Marijuana, a 91-year-old grandmother who cooks classic Italian with a twist. Using buds grown by her own daughter, Nonna teaches Matt a foolproof method for infusing cannabis into butter, then guides him through preparing Chicken "Pot-cciatore" and gnocchi in ganja butter. Along the way, she explains how and why she recommends medical marijuana to those in need—without ever getting high on her own supply. Matt, on the other hand, may regret going back for seconds. (Source)

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First-generation agricultural entrepreneur Sanvar Oberoi is re-instating the super crop Cannabis sativa (Industrial hemp) long marginalized for its association with Cannabis indica (Marijuana). Oberoi's Bombay Hemp Company is working closely with farmers and the government to realize the 2.4 billion rupees opportunity for India with Industrial hemp. Ultimately Oberoi wants to make agriculture more lucrative and sexy for young entrepreneurs. [Source]

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The National Marijuana News' Todd Denkin sits down with former NFL running back and recent inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame, Ricky Williams. In this tell-all interview, Ricky goes into great detail about his past and present views and actions regarding marijuana. [Video]

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Harry Smith examines the issue of cannabis in the workplace, as Colorado employers work to reconcile a more-open cannabis culture with workplace rules that enforce zero tolerance.

The most touching parts of the documentary revolve around medical cannabis, in which Smith talks with families who have moved to Colorado because that’s the only way to get drugs they feel represent a last and/or best hope for their children. [Source]

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Hugh Hempel is a technology industry veteran turned health care entrepreneur. In this moving talk he discusses how medicinal cannabis has enriched the lives of his ailing 11 year-old daughters. This talk will challenge your views of medical marijuana. (Source)

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The growth of the marijuana industry may be slowing slightly, but that isn’t stopping the millions of investor dollars circling the sector. Marijuana Business Daily has forecast that marijuana sales could hit eight billion dollars by 2019, not its previous forecast date of 2018. The recently completed 2015 MBD Factbook cited issues at the state level as the cause for the the slower growth curve. California was mentioned for its struggles with regulating its cannabis industry that has resulted in the closings of dispensaries. Massachusetts and Washington were both noted for their delays in instituting their medical marijuana programs.

However, eight billions is still a huge number and for this reason investment firms are clamoring to be a part of this nascent sector. “It’s changed dramatically,” said Steve DeAngelo of the Arc View Group. Arc View helps to connect cannabis companies with potental investors and has 54 companies raise $21 million. “It wasn’t until we got into the election of 2012 that we saw a whole new wave of investors and entrpreneurs entering the industry,” said DeAngelo. “That was really a signal for people that it was a lot safer.” According to the MBD Factbook, the amount of capital for funding start-ups and expansions has risen by an estimated 900% or more. This is creating a potential bubble situation where there are too many investment dollars chasing too few worthy companies. Douglas Leighton of Dutchess Capital agrees and said, “There is too much money and too few deals.”

The strategy for these investments firms is to get in early and establish themselves as the experts in the field. While 23 states have legalized medical marijuana, investing in the group still remains somewhat taboo. The group is lumped into the “sin” category of finance that includes casinos and tobacco. Plus, it doesn’t help the group when the Securities and Exchange Commission suspends trading on several publicly traded cannabis stocks. Another concern is that some of these funds create great fanfare when they start their fund or open their venture capital firm, but then get very quiet. Still, some of these financiers are pulling in big money and scouring the field for good investments and these are some of the top names in the group.  (Read More Here)

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Cenk Uygur host of The Young Turks discusses President Barack Obamas message to advocates on 4/20. "President Barack Obama had a positive message for medical marijuana users on April 20, 2015. April 20th, or 4/20 is a celebratory day within the cannabis user subculture, much like the celebratory time is 4:20pm. (Source)

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