THIS MONTH IN THE GANJA GAZETTE

We are incredibly proud and excited to roll out the ALL NEW Ganja Gazette! Take a gander at this month’s new articles. Have an idea or a story for the Gazette? Email Tim

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    The Goods
Specials and Coupons
The Goods

Every month, you will have access to awesome deals and coupons through The Ganja Gazette! Make sure you check back regularly for the sweetest deals out there.

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  • Why Florida Matters
    Why Florida Matters
    Cover Story
Why Florida Matters
Cover Story

Why Florida Matters

In 2014, Florida had an important, but failed, vote on legalizing cannabis. This vote and the future it is leading to are remarkable. Sadly, where the vote failed and weed was not legalized in the sunshine state last year, it almost was. It is this almost that matters. The reason it was an almost is because Florida requires a super majority so despite the fact that 58% of voters voted yes, overall the amendment did not receive the 60% vote yes that was necessary. The 2% missing, well that is a travesty but also a critical piece of information. It is worth nothing that this vote happened in an off, presidential-election year where generally lower voter-turn out rates are seen. Despite these factors, citizens of the state still managed to almost legalize weed.

This vote will mostly certainly re-emerge during the 2016 election and this time everyone should be watching. What happens in Florida during this election matters, not just for that state but for everyone. Here’s why. If you’ve every listened to any comedian, you already know it is fairly common that Florida is the butt of retirement jokes. Demographically, Florida is a traditionally older state. This information is reflected in the data measured from voters during the 2014 election. During the 2014 vote, 61% of Florida’s voters fell between the ages of 30-65, with another 25% of voters being above the age of 65. Only 14% of voters were 29 or under. What does not matter is that 79% of voters between the ages of 18-29 voted in favor of legalizing. What matters is that 65% of 30-44 year olds and 64% of 45-64 year olds voted in favor. Even 25% of 65 plus year olds voted yes.

Florida matters because of the recorded ages of the populations that favor legalizing and what these numbers indicate. This data shows that members of the Baby Boomers and Silent Generations are showing favor towards legalizing ganja. These numbers demonstrate we are making progress. People in Florida are seeing marijuana and the culture that surrounds it for what it really is; a business and a positive product that can contribute to society. Where that thought might be overly optimistic and many voters don’t necessarily buy into the positive powers of pot, at the very least their votes are a step forward towards ending prohibition. A step in the direction where finally the masses are recognizing that the existing perceptions around cannabis are flawed.

Where marijuana has been a part of the fabric of American society for years, the manner that it has been treated has been harsh. At least by the government and authority. Yet give the average person a chance to get high and they will. That has been abundantly evident in our culture for decades. There has never been any lack of smokers. Finally, the public persona around marijuana is revealing its true colors and where for the longest time it was demonized, now we have a chance to legalize it, make it a part of everyday conversation, make it less a taboo and more a choice similar to alcohol. Finally, within the current climate, we are having highly public conversations about pot. It is critical the voices of the more mature generations are included in these conversations.

Younger generations generally approve of legalizing weed. They are liberal, socially conscious or they don’t care. “Go ahead” they say, “make it legal.” “Its not that big a deal” the millennial voice declares. Except the problem is that historically younger generations don’t vote, evidenced in the Florida election where only 14% of all voters were under the age of 30. Where younger generations are overwhelmingly accepting of legalizing, their voice has the least impact on the conversation.

This is why Florida matters.

Florida matters because in Florida we are seeing that it is not just the socially accepting youth championing pot. It is the older generations, the ones with influence and expanded social circles, the business people with the wealth and capital that backs their voices. The people speaking up in Florida have been around for years, watching this conversation on pot happen and are now being given a chance to speak on these issues. Florida matters because what Florida shows us is that legalizing marijuana is not just a pothead, college or youth issue. Legalizing cannabis is a societal issue that everyone cares about, not just kids looking to get high in college but veterans looking to recreationally enjoy cannabis in their Eagle and Masonic Lodges while enjoying the golden days of retirement.

The progress in Florida is demonstrating countless realities. First and foremost, people with substantial capital are putting their voice into the public sphere in declarations of support for what has too long been considered dangerous or disruptive. People are putting their reputations on the line in favor of progress.

Additionally, it reinforces that legalization is not just a specific issue for only one population. Legalizing cannabis is “not an us” versus them battle because members of all populations are participating. There is no stereotypical demographic shown by the opposition. Countless demographics are vocalizing support for cannabis. Legislation is being supported by all aspects of the public arena. Young and old, college- educated and not, Republican and Democrat. Members of all parties support legalizing and Florida is one of the first heavily vocalized showings from some previously unheard populations.

The turn out from prior unengaged demographics demonstrates that it is foolish for anyone involved in the cannabis conversation to neglect the more mature voices. I am 25 years old. Personally, I do not have as much financial or social capital as someone twice my age. As much as I can advocate on behalf of an issue, my reach might be a half or a tenth of someone who outnumbers me in years. The older generations must be mobilized in their advocacy. They must be relied upon for their reputations and capital but also their consumerism and business savvy. The voices of our elders are the giants that we must call upon when shaking the foundation of prohibition.

Florida clearly highlights that marijuana is not just an issue for one population. It has significance to everyone. Florida matters because besides being a great vacation spot, a location for retirement or a source of crazy stories, Florida shows us that the public is willing to change the narrative on weed. This public isn’t just 18-25 year olds, it is the entire citizenship ranging across all generations. These older voices and these long-held frustrations cannot be neglected when building relationships, consumer bases, customers, advocating on the issue or pushing for legal change. Ask an dispensary owner and they will tell you that their customers range anywhere from 21 to 80 years old. This must also be true of those who are proactively engaged in speaking up on weed.

It is important to remember how much Florida matters because if cannabis can be legalized in the traditionally Republican, older state of Florida, it proves a point. The point that everyone is tired but that also everyone must be involved. The future of marijuana does not belong to the pothead, it belongs to and will be dictated by business people and the diverse consumers who support their industry. Any one with an investment in the business or culture of cannabis must focus on engaging all generations on the topic immediately. To neglect engaging any population, generation, or demographic is to lose a powerful voice in the conversation.

Florida matters because it is a battle grounds on this issue. The voters of the state will soon come together, making a choice. In 2016, I am confident their choice will be clear. The choice me must make however, that choice is whether or not we are going to contribute to this conversation and how we can best engage all generations in making this happen. If the entire country follows the model used by advocates in Florida in engaging all demographics, we all win. Anyone with a care towards cannabis cannot let this choice slip by.

  • Reintroduction to The Gazette
    Reintroduction to The Gazette
    Letter from the Editor
Reintroduction to The Gazette
Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor- Reintroduction to The Gazette

There is a power in stories. In fact, everything in life can be boiled down to nothing more than a story. Who you are as a person is encapsulated in a series of stories. The groups we belong to have their own unique narratives. The causes we support and the actions we take. All of these aspects of life are events that can be wrapped in tales. Humanity is defined by stories.

Yet where storytelling has power, it is something that must be done in a compelling manner. There is nothing worse than a boring story, nothing more detrimental towards the progress of cause than a mundane description spun to the point of mindless repetition. This is why, in this newest edition of The Ganja Gazette, we are reaffirming our commitment to our reader. It is our mission to retake the stories we are discussing on cannabis to create powerful tales.

For too long, the story behind the miraculous plant of marijuana has been taken away from the cannabis community. Stolen by the government and lobbyist. Wasted by half-assed movements of counter cultures. Mocked by pop culture that makes fools of consumers, painting them as lazy potheads. These outside groups have all reaped one benefit or other off of marijuana while doing no work that proactively contributes to the culture or power stemming from this herb. Many of the past stories told around cannabis have left our culture, our communities, and our society at a loss for understanding why weed is worthwhile.

At The Ganja Gazette, we are committed to claiming the power of these stories, of addressing the truth behind this substance. Whether telling stories about cannabis being used recreationally as a calming factor, personally as a source for creativity, in helping a town fund its renovations, or medically in curing a 15-year old of the seizures that have ailed him for his entire life. These are the powerful stories we can tell yet just like the growth of good bud, it takes time to cultivate them. Reframing the public story on cannabis does not happen overnight but it is a goal worth pursuing.

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For the longest time, the public story that has been told about marijuana is that it is a drug for the lazy or criminal. A detriment to society. A gateway towards dangerous addictions and harder substances. A mental retardant that smothers genius and represses natural ambition. For the longest time, the perception on pot across our our country has been formed by a government motivated by the interest of lobbies with a profitable reason to repress this plant.

In repressing the story on marijuana, in spinning a false series of fables about the subject, they were able to influence public opinion. Oppressive stories operated using fear and misinformation, relying on scare tactics and falsehoods to warp how society viewed weed. This is changing and we have an obligation to lead this change. How we tell the story of cannabis relies on two elements. Telling a meaningful story comes from the curation of the proper knowledge combined with a connection to human elements. I could provide anyone pro-cannabis information but until a human face is attached to these facts, it is easy for opponents and the average person to never care about them.

Here at The Ganja Gazette, we have a job, and a promise, in changing this. We aim to shift the popular narrative on marijuana by providing our readers stories. Meaningful stories. We will engage with purposeful content about our culture, about the people that comprise this movement. Stories from this state, this country, and this world. We will show why these stories matter and how our readers can contribute in their proliferation. We will provide our readers an outlet for positive stories, not the overdone cliches about our culture or stereotypes about smoking. We are going to address our culture, the multifaceted beast it is, by providing an insight into the happening of hemp, thoughts about THC, the growth of our ganja. We will have meaningful conversations on the current state of this powerful plant.

We, everyone one of us in this culture, we are not stoners and potheads, drop outs and druggies.We are artist and writers. Business people and doctors. Lawyers and teachers. Parents and siblings. Productive members of society with a love for our minds and a willingness to explore the world through a different lens. We have a hobby that involves pot, some of us even have a passion about cannabis, but regardless of our backgrounds, we all have unique experiences and contributions that can better society. These stories, our voice, they must be heard.

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By sharing our stories and voice, we have the chance to leave behind a legacy. To connect people to meaningful ideas on cannabis that challenge the status quo, create conversation, and provoke change. That is The Ganja Gazette’s goal. Welcome to our renewed Ganja Gazette. It is our pride to tell you these stories. It is our pleasure you are reading. It is our thanks you are a part of this journey. We are excited you are joining us along this trip.

Best,

Tim

Have a story you want to share? Reach out to me directly. I am always looking for interesting content and meaningful snippets about cannabis culture and the marijuana movement. Feel free to reach me at tim@buhvdesigns.com

  • The Curious CannaNoob’s
    The Curious CannaNoob’s
    Product Review
The Curious CannaNoob’s
Product Review

The Curious CannaNoob’s Product Review

CannaSpa Salve – THC Infused Topical Rub (241mg THC || 20mg CBN || 10mg CBD)

By: TheCannaNoob June 2015

The June issue of The Ganja Gazette is buzzed to introduce a new monthly column – The Curious CannaNoob’s Product Review. Each month The CannaNoob will take a Nature’s Kitchen product or Nature’s Herbs flower and offer his honest opinion on the therapeutic benefits and euphoric effects of the THC and CBD infused mediums.

First things first – CannaNoob is an apt nom de plume. I’m not a ganja connoisseur, and I’m not here to tell you about the lemon zest and dried spruce needle notes I pick up from the latest strain of Lemon Haze. I typically toke up or gnosh on an edible once or twice a week, at most – to relax, relieve stress, energize my creative mindset, or promote a deep 8 hour sleep. As a noob to the cannabis industry with a keen interest in the therapeutic properties of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabinoids, I’m in a unique position to hone in on the medicinal comfort provided by each month’s featured product.

On deck for June from Nature’s Kitchen CannaSpa line – THC Infused Salve (241mg THC || 20mg CBN || 10mg CBD). In my previous life, I killed my body – playing competitive basketball and severely injuring numerous joints in my body, most notably 4 herniated disks in my back (S1 through L4 vertebrae) and a right knee with no meniscus. Needless to say, life after 30 years is filled with aches and pains and I’m constantly in search of a natural remedy for pain relief. At first glance, the CannaSpa Salve appears to offer alleviation I seek. I scoop out a healthy amount of the topical – which has a similar consistency to Vicks VaporRub – and a faint dank odor – and work it into my lower spine region. Immediately, I begin to feel my skin warm slightly and a faint tingle about a minute into the application. Intrigued by the sensation, I decide to apply the CannaSpa Salve to my right knee as well. A similar effect presents itself. About 60 minutes after the initial application, there is a noticeable change in my comfort level – the dull ache in my joint has disappeared and my mobility has increased. I’m starting to believe…

I was not sparing in my applications of salve to my problem areas. Regardless, there’s a good deal of the butter remaining – and I offer it to my business partners. With a bit of enthusiastic giddiness, they start to slather the lotion on their arms, legs, necks, and lower back. Schmalex excuses himself to the men’s room and applies an ample amount to his unmentionables. An hour ticks off the clock, and the fellas are reporting back with similar results – muscles aches and pains are evening out, mobility is improving, and in some cases they are feeling a bit rejuvenated. I think they are starting to believe as well…

Disclaimer: Sadly, Schmalex was not able to report on any performance enhancing effects of the salve. Perhaps we’ll dive into this particular subject in July’s issue and review of Nature’s Kitchen Personal Lubricant.

Cheers Y’all!

  • Mellow Mountain Tripping
    Mellow Mountain Tripping
    With Ziggy Alberts
Mellow Mountain Tripping
With Ziggy Alberts

    Music Review- Mellow Mountain Tripping with Ziggy Alberts

    We were hiking across the Flat Irons. A simple, one-day adventure between four friends enjoying the early spring weather. The crux of this trip however came down to two pieces. First, we began our hike with a nice healthy batch of edibles, part of a mental health day for rejuvenating our brains. Second, I had the perfect album for this hike. The beginning of our trek started with laughter. We talked and chatted. We ate our edibles and waited for the effects to kick in across those first few thousand steps. As we waited, we enjoyed the scenic landscapes and clear sky lending a sun that reflected off the remaining snow. Pretty soon it was too warm to wear our jackets, so these came off.

    Ironically, right as we shed our overcoats, the high kicked in. It first hit with an intense body high and visual stimulation. The giggles started and laughter echoed, chasing even the most basic of statements.  A little further and we stopped again, reflecting and conversing. Then we were off again, hiking onwards and upwards.

    Everyone we passed was significantly more prepared than us, wearing spiked shoes with climbing poles to conquer the ice. They were in this for the climb. We were in it for the experience. And this is where I beat them because I had the perfect playlist. It was a new artist I had recently discovered but I knew his album would be the defining moment of my trip.As we neared the height of our hike, conversation lulled. I love my friends but didn’t want to talk anymore. I just wanted to ride the high. In went my headphones. I pressed play and let the music blend perfectly with the calm in my blood and swirling thoughts amplified by nature. We hiked

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    I love music. The right album can define every experience. I have playlist after playlist for different reasons. Relaxing and sleeping. Driving and road trips. Painting and drawing. Writing. Hiking while on edibles. I believe in music and its power. In recent months, Ziggy Alberts has topped all of my lists. Across every activity, he has managed to strike a literal and proverbial chord in my brain. His albums however are ones that most people have likely missed.  Sadly, many do not know who he is, despite the fact that his songs perfectly compliment all mellow experiences.

    Since Alberts isn’t really new, just under listened, I don’t mind sharing that my hiking playlist was actually a combination of two albums; Made of Water and Land & Sea. Made of Water was his first record, a shorter sampling of his laid back style that captures the vibes he carries over from his background as an Australian surfer. Land & Sea builds on this work, further constructing a full album that blends his most popular songs with new tracks. Regardless of the album, you cannot go wrong.

    Alberts is an almost direct prodigy of Welsh artist, Ben Howard, crooning with a similar voice and jamming his acoustic guitar with riffs that highly resemble this peer musician. It is no small feat that Alberts has managed to produce two albums filled with songs that you can play on repeat. His music is relaxing, soothing, introspective and addictive. He couples infectious melodies with provoking lyrics that can be put on during any activity, adding a calming, background ambiance. Across his tracks, Alberts offers a healthy variety, whether quicker songs with upbeat pacing or slower melodies that put your mind to ease. It is easy to get lost in his music. I can run through both his albums multiple times until I get tired of them and have been doing so for weeks.

    Right now, Alberts is the perfect compliment to the vibes of the summer. Looking for something to enjoy while sitting outside on a warm evening, escaping from work after a stressful day, embarking on a hike or prepping for a chill dinner? Alberts works well in all these situations. When the sun is out and the mind is free, he provides an anchor to a positive side of reality. Albert’s music has the power to mellow you out and calm you down. A welcome sound in a life that gets too chaotic.

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    When we first started our hike, I had told my friends I had the perfect playlist. About halfway through, one of them asked to sample my music. I didn’t get my headphones back for the remaining three hours. After we parted our respective ways, my music mooching friend text me, asking “What is the name of that guy you were listening to?”I told him the same thing I would tell anyone.The name is Ziggy Alberts. Check him out because he is a musician that will enhance your life. And that is a beautiful addition to any high.

    Artist: Ziggy Alberts
    Album(s): Made of Water, Land & Sea
    Recommended Songs: Simple Things, Used To, Youngblood
    Recommended Activities: Hiking on edibles. Chill smoke sessions.
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    • Buzz Feed
      Buzz Feed
      Games You Should Be Playing
    Buzz Feed
    Games You Should Be Playing

    What Video Games are you Playing This Month?

    We all love video games. from the nostalgic beginnings of the Nes era, to the mind blowing visuals of the ps4, video games have become a mainstay within our culture. Every month, the video game industry provides a slew of alternate realities that challenge our thumbs and entertain the hell out of us. At The Ganja Gazette, video games and herb go hand in hand. To those initiated, it doesn’t get much better than the union of the two.

    This month is an exciting month for the video game world. Several highly anticipated titles are hitting shelves and we couldn’t be more stoked. Load up on your herbs and take a gander at the new titles dropping this month.

    See you online!

    • The Elder Scrolls Online: 6/09
    • Batman Arkham Knight: 6/23
    • Payday 2 – Crimewave Edition: 6/16
    • Lego Jurassic World: 6/12
    • Final Fantasy XIV Heavensward: 6/23
    • Ride: 6/23

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    • Mortal Kombat X
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    • Advocacy vs. Education
      Advocacy vs. Education
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    Advocacy vs. Education
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      Shaping the Future of Marijuana: Advocacy vs. Education

      Colorado is ground zero. Our state is the one that everyone is watching when it comes to recreational and even still medical marijuana. Google pot plus the rocky mountain territory and this becomes clear. News story after countless news story has been done documenting the impacts of legal cannabis. These articles range from public health to personal experiences. They touch on economy, crime, and the government. Countless groups across the country are watching to see what happens as marijuana continues to spread in CO. Thus far, the results have been positive and public support for legalization overwhelming. It is great these results are positive but it is important to remember what these results means moving forward.

      Since America is a capitalist society, most discussions on marijuana come down to the economic impacts from legalizing. It is likely that for years to come, dollar signs will remain at the forefront of this conversation. Thus, as many agencies consider the legalization or decriminalization of weed, the issue will come down to the green lining someone’s pocket book. Questions asked will revolve around what is the profit that a group or individual can make from legalizing pot? How much will certain pharmaceutical companies gain or lose if they are not in control? How much will states make from taxation and how will this impact their relationship with the federal government?

      For quite some time, these queries will define the debate around pot and it is easy being overwhelmed by the complexity of answers to these questions. Generally, only policy makes and politicians will ask these question where the regular person might wonder what can they do to influence the outcome of what happens with cannabis across the country?

      Even more so, some might ask why does it matter if they care?
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      Pot is legal in CO. Our state is set and ready to go. Why then aside from personal convenience should anyone here care whether people in Idaho, Florida or New Mexico can legally get high, can use weed as a remedy, or can cultivate? Why focus outside the state bubble when us Coloradans have a good thing growing for us?

      The reasons to care are countless and more importantly, there are numerous ways our citizens can positively influence the national cannabis conversation. Being ground zero, our collective citizenship must deliberately invest energy into the greater issue of marijuana because when other states are allowed to grow, we too flourish. Being involved is meaningful. How is another question. There are two basic ways that anyone can get involved in supporting pot. The first education and the second advocacy. Lets explore these two terms briefly.

      It starts with education. Everything someone believes as an individual, everything that every community works towards, these are determined by education. When there is an informed populous, it lends itself towards informed, community-driven decisions. The more good, reliable, and concise information the public has, the easier it will be to have conversations about legalizing weed. Education begins with first educating oneself in preparation to later educate others. (Want some fun education? Check out the story in our Science section on gateway drugs). The more you know, the more you can tell others and proactively contribute to conversations. I encourage everyone who enjoys consuming to learn a little about what is going on around marijuana in CO and others states and be able to talk about this subject. The best way to combat misinformation is with facts and it is important to educate oneself because this ties into the second step towards progress.

      When one educates themselves, they then have the potential to advocate on behalf of an issue. Advocacy is the idea of sharing one’s voice on an issue and can come in a variety of formats. It might mean participating in local political efforts, talking proactively about taxation. It could be signing national petitions. It is actively engaging in lobbying efforts. Advocacy is also simple like sharing basic information with others in personal conversations. It could be providing someone you know a copy of this issue to share the facts we cover on the pot gateway-myth. It is also telling your own story about how marijuana has helped you personally. All advocacy means is having a voice and caring enough to use it.

      It is important that the weed community is sharing their voices. What cannabis doesn’t need is stereotypes and misinformation, false labels and lies. What ganja does need is positive outreach that highlights this industry as a business and a movement positively touching lives. The issue of legalization must be related back to human faces whose experiences are tangible proof of positive outcome. When this is done, when the voices on marijuana are meaningful, it becomes much harder to dispute legalization.
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      Whether or not pot becomes legalized is up to us, our decisions, and our personal stories. I encourage everyone, whether living in the state of CO or not, spend some time educating yourself on pot. From there use your voice to proactively advocate on the issue. Above all else, we cannot isolate ourselves. I get it. People who consume cannabis love cannabis. Not everyone is a part of the weed community. We need to not just engage pot enthusiasts but also casual consumers and even opponents. If there is going to be country-wide change on this topic, we need to reach new audiences by beginning with education and collaborating on advocacy. Everyone has a voice, a voice that can change this issue. It is important we use these voices proactive least we lose the opportunity to do so.

      • Surprise
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        Pot's not a Gateway Drug
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      Pot's not a Gateway Drug

      Surprise: Pot’s not a Gateway Drug

      Pot, the ultimate gateway drug

      Anyone who has ever heard anti-cannabis education, advertisements or rhetoric has experienced this rumor in one form or another. Personally, growing up in the 90’s, I heard this repeated ad naseum during D.A.R.E. assemblies. A group of police officers would stand before our entire school and one lone cop, backed by their peers, would take center stage. This police officer was always a caricature. Their muscles bulging out of their t-shirts with their badge hanging on a silver chain around their neck. This lawman, intentionally selected to be terrifying, would then list off facts, half yelling at us to never use drugs because they ruined your life.

      The worst, they told us, was pot. No matter what, the police and the principle, your parents and your teachers, they wanted you to understand to never smoke. God knows never bake weed into a brownie. To smoke once would ultimately lead to a life of crack addiction and destitution. Successful people didn’t smoke, only druggies. From the 80’s on, the government funded programs that taught America that ganja was the gateway.

      This sentiment, and how it was shared, was meant to intimidate both children and parents, convincing people there was a dark side to weed. (Although years later research has shown that D.A.R.E.’s education tactics failed.) Yet where generations were force fed the message that if they smoked they would suddenly become drug fiends, the concept that “pot is a gateway drug” wasn’t limited to D.A.R.E. It became the rallying cry of all prohibitionists. A mantra echoed across all echelons of society. Parents were told to watch carefully because weed would be the downfall of their kids, that abuse started with a joint and ended with jail. Older generations picked it up as pundits on the news, labeling pot an evil substance that warped minds. Lobbyist used it to oppose legalization. Politicians were the worst of all, using this verse to first get elected and then funding the fundamentally flawed Drug War. 

      Pot is the gateway drug. No one ever wanted the public to forget that. Here is the catch. Science, an actual thing that D.A.R.E. seems to have forgotten in their now well-documented spread of misinformation, science however has proven that actually pot isn’t a gateway drug. In fact, of all the substances legal in the public arena whether nicotine, alcohol or prescription drugs, pot is more like a small stepping stone along a path. It is no where near the beginning. People who smoke pot do have the capabilities to eventually move towards harder substances but this comparison is like saying a person who goes for runs ever other day will eventually become a marathon runner. The potential is there but the actual progression is much less likely.

      Recent studies, complied by Treatment4Addiction, show that pot is not a gateway drug. Again, it can be part of a progression towards substance abuse but this path begins with other factors. The two key culprits in the eventual progression to substance abuse? Alcohol and nicotine. This data was pulled by Treatment4Addiction came from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Health Use and details exactly how substance abuse progresses. When measuring the use of substances and the correlation or causation type effects, what was found is that people who eventually progress towards substance abuse almost always begin with alcohol. 88% of people who drank for the first time had never used another substance but after using alcohol, roughly 33% of those who drank moved on to something else. Even more significant, research shows that it is not smoking weed but instead cigarettes that produces dangerous effects in the brain, triggering abuse. When nicotine was tested on rats, the rodents first exposed to nicotine were significantly more likely to enjoy, crave, and become addicted to cocaine. The opposite was not true. When rats were only provided cocaine, the impact of addiction was less than with the nicotine coming first. 

      The myth that pot is a gateway drug has existed in society for quite some time, with this term coined over 40 years ago by researcher Denise Kandel. Ironically, now even this researcher is backing off her position because she proved her original hypothesis wrong. In a recently published paper, Kandel moved away from the concept that weed is a gateway drug, again revealing that actually nicotine is the most detrimental of all substances when contributing to later abuse.  When the person who constructed the first study on pot being a gateway drug recants their opinion, it might be time to reconsider what other misinformation has been spread on this subject. 

      Subjectively, D.A.R.E. and other opponents of marijuana are not going to enjoy listening to this information, for them it is a tough pill to swallow. They likely won’t share it. Yet as much as they will deny that weed isn’t actually a pitfall to addiction hell, this is a powerful truth we must remember and educate on.

      With the facts turning positively towards cannabis, it is important to share this information proudly. The narrative that weed is a gateway drug is factually fictional. Where this has been a thriving story about pot peddled by opponents, the gateway myth has as much credibility as childhood ghost stories discussing the boogyman. The myth is frightening, the reality far from it.

      • Nugget
        Nugget
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      3219 HR SOUR DIESEL

      POTENCY TEST RESULTS

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      EFFECTS

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      This report and all information herein shall not be reproduced, except in its entirety, without the expressed consent of CannLabs. This report is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose, treat or prevent any medical related symptoms. Due to many factors outside of CannLabs control, results may vary. Results are only for the samples supplied to Cannlabs. The statements and results herein have not been approved or endorsed by the FDA.

      • The Round Up
        The Round Up
        Final Thoughts
      The Round Up
      Final Thoughts

      The Round Up

      Puerto Rico Decriminalizes Medical Marijuana in Executive Order

      On May 4th, Puerto Rico decriminalized medical marijuana based on an executive order passed by their Governor, Alejandro García Padilla . This executive order gave power to the Secretary of Health in allowing them to begin exploring and distributing marijuana as a cure for medical ailments. In doing so, Puerto Rico joined 23 others states who have decriminalized the substance.

      Oregon Prepares for Marijuana Laws to Take Effect in July

      The Oregon police and government are preparing for their new marijuana laws to take place. On July 1st, it will become legal for recreational sales for those 21 years and older. In particular note, police officers in Idaho are preparing to step up their boarder operations to stop transportation of the substance across state lines, still against federal law.

      Cannabis K-Cups Soon Coming to Market

      Looking to get high with your cup of morning coffee? Look no further than the company, Fairwinds Manufacturing is planning on soon unveiling reusable and single-serving cups that can brew 6 ounces of coffee combined with THC. Although a small amount of coffee, these 6 ounces will contain 10 mg of THC, which many consider to be a single dose for cannabis edibles.

      Veterans Medical Marijuana Amendment Loses in U.S. House

      On May 1, the U.S. House voted down a bipartisan amendment proposed by Representatives from Oregon and Nevada that would allow doctors at the Veterans Administration (VA) to talk with veterans about medical marijuana as a treatment for PTSD. Although this is a defeat, the amendment only lost by three votes which demonstrates a shift in mindset, a 15 vote pick from the last such vote despite this being a far more conservative Congress than last year. Representative Blumenauer, from Oregon, has been a large proponent of legalizing cannabis and remains optimistic about future steps.

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