As marijuana legend Tommy Chong says in this short-form documentary, “Cannabis changed my life. It’s going to change the world.” It’s a sentiment shared by a growing number of people who use the plant to treat cancer and other ailments. Playboy’s Yoonj Kim looks at this discreet yet passionate populace on a mission to bring cannabis treatments for cancer and other diseases to the forefront. [Source]
Join Adelia as she speaks with the founders of Elevation VIP Co-op. Elevation VIP Cooperative is a unique medicinal marijuana dispensary specializing in premium innovative cuisine that enhances the quality of life for patients in the Los Angeles area. They focus on locally sourced organic and seasonal ingredients to produce the highest quality cuisine to be enjoyed by prescriptive clients. [Source]
Renowned cannabis investor and advisor Leslie Bocskor gives us his prescient insights into where the cannabis industry is heading in 2015 and the exciting technologies that are emerging. Leslie goes into detail as to why he believes Las Vegas will become the Silicon Valley of Cannabis very soon. [Source]
Rhiannon is our Assistant Operations Manager and Wellness Director. She ensures our organization is focused on total patient wellness. Every Friday she hosts free drop in classes to connect patients with practitioners who offer tools for managing health. Why is she motivated to do this? [Source]
Kris Lewandowski, a disabled three-term Iraqi war vet with PTSD was arrested for growing six pot plants in his garden in Oklahoma. Lewandowski began to grow pot to treat his PTSD after prescription medicine affected his liver and mental state. Oklahoma currently has one of the strictest drug laws in the country with no provisions for medical marijuana use and cultivation of any amount. [Source]
Entrepreneurs are pouring into the cannabis industry, starting new stores, testing labs and myriad of other businesses spurred by a booming cannabis economy. The industry is harnessing the power of technology as the trend towards legalization continues. Betty Aldworth is the Executive Director at Students for sensible Drug Policy. She spoke at a recent Cato event, discussing how technology can solve prohibition problems in the newly (and increasingly) legal cannabis industry. [Source]
Scott Greiper is the President and Founder of Viridian Capital Advisors, a New York based financial and strategic advisory firm dedicated to backing and building market leaders in the emerging cannabis sector. Greiper explains the hurdles that New York State Medical Marijuana lottery winners have to overcome, he also foresees biotech as the next new wave in the cannabis industry. [Source]
Tennessean Adam House served 15 months in Afghanistan with the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. He speaks powerfully of the need to legalize medical marijuana for the treatment of PTSD symptoms. [Source]
Steve DeAngelo is a national cannabis leader who has inspired millions throughout his four decade career as a cannabis activist, advocate, entrepreneur and educator. Driven by his compassion for others, Steve has founded many successful socially responsible ventures including Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world. [Source]
After years of debate and planning, medical cannabis distribution started July 1 in Minnesota.
A Golden Valley family thought they would have to wait months before their sick child would receive medical marijuana. But a doctor approved 3-year-old Harlow Hundley for the program June 29.
Harlow suffers from Dravet syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy, which causes daily seizures.
"Seizures are one of the most scariest things to watch, so to have your own child suffer from daily seizures and seeing how it impacts her ability to participate in activities is heart breaking," says Harlow's mom, Beth Hundley. "It literally takes life away from her."
Beth says Harlow has hundreds of tiny seizures a day. To keep the seizures at bay, Harlow is on five medicines a day plus supplements. Now, in addition to that, she's takes medical cannabis twice daily. Although it's only been a week of taking medical cannabis, her mom says Harlow is already showing signs of improvement.
"She was brighter, happier, more vocal," said Beth.
She also says Harlow is not having as many seizures. The family says they are cautiously optimistic.
"It's too early to know if this is going to be the new norm, but we're going to pray that it is," said Beth.
Harlow will stay on the low dose of medical marijuana for two weeks. Her parents will take notes and then report back to their doctor after two weeks. The doctor doesn't want to change any of her current medicines at this time to see if the medical marijuana is having an impact. [Source]
Watch the public city forum in Provo about the possibility of legalizing medical cannabis in the state of Utah. Hear from patients and just a few of the many Utahns who would be benefited by this legislation passing. [Source]
Joni Lane, LEED Green Associate, is a recent graduate of Boston Architectural College with a Masters in Sustainable Design Studies. She is passionate about creating valuable, sustainable and regenerative solutions by which humans can continue to live without threatening to render our planet uninhabitable. She believes great design has the power to change the world and has decided to focus her energy on healing our built environment with bio-based materials, specifically Hempcrete. Focusing on addressing indoor contaminants and their effect on our health, She strives to advance education and awareness of this very important public health issue to promote safe and healthy buildings.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Hempcrete/Responsible Design [Source]
In a city with dispensaries as common as coffee shops, Denver is undoubtedly the epicenter of the legal marijuana movement. And if you’re in the business of bud, it’s a good place to be: Colorado accounted for a third of the country’s 2.7 billion dollar marijuana market last year.
But with being America’s fastest growing industry, comes growing pains. Marijuana is still illegal on the federal level, which has led to conflicting state laws, restrictive regulations, and endless problems for cash-only marijuana business owners and operators.
VICE News meets the investors cashing in on the green rush and finds out how fractured marijuana laws are causing the American market to miss out.
In this extra scene, VICE News takes a tour of the grow operation at Medicine Man, one of Denver's most well-known marijuana cultivators and dispensaries. [Source]