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Ricky Williams Takes the High Road [Film]

Ricky Williams discusses marijuana in SI film, magazine story

The film, “Ricky Williams Takes the High Road,” is the first in-depth look at Williams’s life today, five years after his NFL career ended. He reflects on his clashes with the NFL drug testing program, his support of marijuana as a medicinal tool in the NFL and the anguish he felt as his image was tarnished because of his public support of the drug

“It’s kind of true, but not the way that people see it, that I quit football to go smoke weed,” Williams says in the film.

The film also examines how Williams has become an entrepreneur in the marijuana industry. SI’s cameras followed Williams in several different locations, including the 2016 “Spannabis” World Cannabis Conference in Barcelona and the Williams family home in Austin, Texas. 


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The word “Mendocino” on a cannabis product label may soon carry as much weight as the word “Napa” does on a bottle of wine.

In what is likely the first such endeavor in the country, Mendocino County is being divided into cannabis appellations, or specific regions, for the purpose of protection and promotion of the county’s cannabis.

“Appellations can be really powerful because they can be a means to protect everything from the intellectual property, to the labor force, to the culture and history. They can be very rich vehicles for promotion, protection, and rural development,” said wine legal expert Richard Mendelson.

For the last 30 years, Mendelson has been a key player in the creation of Napa County’s wine appellations, and has been sought after for advice by the group called the Mendocino Appellations Project.

The effort, which began last year, is buoyed by legislation passed in October that redefined cannabis cultivation as agriculture. Under the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act, the Department of Food and Agriculture will create state licensing requirements and address environmental concerns. The act also makes it a crime for medical marijuana to be marketed, labeled, or sold as grown in a California county when it was not. The protective rules closely resemble those put in place to protect California’s wine regions, which is regulated at the federal level.

But, unlike wine, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level. [Read More Here]

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Tech start-ups have already been flocking to the up-and-coming pot trade

 America’s burgeoning weed industry just seems to be climbing higher.

Tech giant Microsoft announced Thursday it is partnering with a cannabis industry-focused software company called Kind Financial. The company provides “seed to sale” services for cannabis growers, allowing them to track inventory, navigate laws and handle transactions all through Kind’s software systems. The partnership marks the first major tech company to attach its name to the burgeoning industry of legal marijuana.

While most big tech companies have been shy to get involved, tech start-ups have been flocking to the up-and-coming pot trade, which is fully legal for both recreational and medical purposes in five states. The marijuana industry’s specific needs for data tracking to optimize plant growth and other logistics, as well as its booming market potential, make it well-suited for tech partnerships. “Nobody has really come out of the closet, if you will,” said Matthew A. Karnes, the founder of marijuana data company Green Wave Advisors, to The New York Times. “It’s very telling that a company of this caliber is taking the risk of coming out and engaging with a company that is focused on the cannabis business.” [Read More]

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Can Cannabis Cure Autism? [Video]

Can Cannabis Cure Autism?

We don’t know, but it’s a question worth asking.

Judy A. Mikovitz, PhD

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Wednesday legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio, though patients shouldn’t expect to get it from dispensaries here anytime soon.

The bill lays out a number of steps that must happen first to set up the state’s medical marijuana program, which is expected to be fully operational in about two years. The law would allow patients to use marijuana in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions, but bar them from smoking it or growing it at home.

Kasich’s signature made Ohio the 25th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program, according to a count by the National Conference of State Legislatures. [Source]

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The Keurig of Cannabis

CannaKorp Announces World’s First Single-Use, Pod-Based Medical Marijuana Vaporizer System

CannaKorp Announces World’s First Single-Use, Pod-Based

Medical Marijuana Vaporizer System 

CannaCloud™ and CannaCup™ Automated Vaporizer System
Streamline and Revolutionize Use of Medical Marijuana

CannaKorp, Inc. announced it is developing a groundbreaking vaporizer system that will revolutionize the experience for patients taking medical cannabis. CannaKorp’s new offering that uses pre-packed pods will provide an easier, more consistent experience, from purchase to inhalation.

CannaKorpis going to upgrade the whole experience of using medical marijuana,” stated Michael Bourque, CannaKorp co-founder and president. “Our goal is to simplify and improve the medical marijuana experience for millions of users worldwide. Patients don’t always know exactly what they are buying and preparing cannabis is an archaic process today. Used together, our CannaCloud vaporizer and CannaCups solve this problem.”

Revealed at the 4th Annual Marijuana Business Expo in Las Vegas, the patent-pending CannaCloud™ system uses CannaCup™ pods that contain pre-measured cannabis, environmentally sealed and available in dozens of varieties. 

According to Dave Manly, CannaKorp CEO and former senior vice president of Keurig, “The CannaCloud system reminds me a lot of the early days at Keurig—it offers a similar consumer proposition of speed and convenience and consumers exposed to the CannaCloud really love it.”

The company does not grow or distribute cannabis, but rather partners with authorized growers and processors. These partners are aligned with CannaKorp’s high standards for growing, testing, and filling pods with medicinal-use cannabis. The CannaCloud system is planned for release in fall 2016 [Source]

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Cliff Maynard's Roach Paper Art

The leftover butt from a marijuana cigarette "or roach" has several different shades of brown on it. What Cliff does is save these paper scraps or "roach papers" and use the brown tones as jis "palate". He tears or trims away the unwanted bits and uses just the parts he likes. It's a lot like working a jigsaw puzzle, but way harder and far more time consuming.

​All of Cliff's original artwork is made from just roach papers and nothing else. No pen, marker, or paint of any kind is used during the process. He is always on the look out for new raw materials so feel free to save-em up and he'll use them in his next project.

You can view Cliff's work at  [Video Source]

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Chris "The Herbal Chef" Sayegh must prepare a dinner for his influencer guests with one major hitch: He has no idea what ingredients he'll have until it is time to cook! That is, except for the surprise ingredient he brought, which will either disrupt or elevate the entire experience. Oh, and he is super baked the entire time. 

“The thing I love most about Pot Pie is that I get to be my goofy self and have fun,” says Sayegh about the new series. “I [normally] never get high and cook for my diners. I have so much to do that I need to be laser focused, but Pot Pie allows me to show that I can loosen up. Not to mention, I'm working with comedians and celebrities who make it so much fun to film.”

In this first episode, influencers Aristotle and Adrienne Airhart join The Herbal Chef in the kitchen. [Source]

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Laura Lagano, MS, RDN, CDN is an Integrative Clinical Nutritionist based in New Jersey. She has advanced training in functional medicine, which has her positioned her to become one of the first certified RDNs with the Institute of Functional Medicine. Boasting years of experience in food, nutrition + wellness communications, as well as in health curricula and continuing medical education development, Laura possesses a unique combination of science and communications savvy.

Laura is co-founder of the

Holistic Cannabis Summit:


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"When The New York Times says we should legalize marijuana, I think maybe I should re-evaluate my position," jokes Reason senior editor Jacob Sullum, who spoke with Reason TV about the remarkable evolution of national drug policy over the last 25 years.

During the "Just Say No!" years of the 1980s, less than a quarter of Americans supported the legalization of marijuana. Today, even presidential candidates eager to claim the legacy of drug warrior Ronald Reagan are relaxing their views on prohibition.

“When they repealed alcohol prohibition, it was left up to the states what to do with alcohol,” says Sullum. “And so you have most of the Republican presidential candidates saying the federal government should not interfere if the states want to legalize. That’s really an amazing development.”

By contrast, progressives have been critics of the war on drugs, he says. It's only when marijuana becomes an industry, run by capitalists, that the left get uneasy. Libertarians and progressives tend to spar over the nature of regulation of the drug business, not the need for or desirability of legalization itself.

In 2016, recreational marijuana reform may be on the ballot in nearly a dozen states and Sullum is optimistic. With support for recreational marijuana polling at a record-high 58 percent, it's only a question of how many states legalize in next year's elections.

Sullum believes that California, the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, is the best bet for passage and the most influential state in play. "There's a good shot it's going to pass. It's kind of surprising that California has not legalized marijuana by now," says Sullum, who is also the author of Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use, a nationally syndicated columnist, a drug-policy blogger at Forbes. [Source]

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The $1 trillion War on Drugs launched by President Nixon in 1971 created the Mexican drug cartels, now legalizing weed is killing them.

Nick Bernabe
March 4, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) The Mexican drug cartels are finally meeting their match as a wave of cannabis legalization efforts drastically reshapes the drug trafficking landscape in the United States. It turns out that as states legalize cannabis use and cultivation, the volume of weed brought across the border by Mexican drug cartels dramatically decreases — and is putting a dent in their cash flow.

A newly-released statistical report from the U.S. Border Patrol shows a sharp drop-off in cannabis captured at the border between the United States and Mexico. The reduction in weed trafficking coincides with dozens of states embracing cannabis use for both medical and recreational purposes.

In fact, as the Washington Post reports, cannabis confiscations at the southern border have stumbled to the lowest point in over a decade — to only 1.5 million pounds. That’s down from a peak of four million pounds in 2009. [Read More]

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If upcoming study results are positive, people with multiple sclerosis may have a marijuana gum available for treatment of symptoms by 2017. The gum is made by AXIM Biotechnology, Inc. and is called MedChew Rx.

The marijuana gum has been tested for treatment of pain and spasticity in multiple sclerosis, and the company expects the Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency to approve the product for this use. MedChew Rx contains 5 mg of cannabidiol (CBD) and 5 mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and will be available by prescription.

Cannabidiol is one of more than 100 cannabinoid chemicals found in marijuana plants. It does not make people high and has been shown to possess multiple health benefits, including an ability to treat seizures and other neurological conditions. THC, another type of cannabinoid, has psychoactive properties as well as medicinal abilities.


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