Category Archives: Cannabis Activism, News & Notes

Inside California’s Scramble Toward Legal Weed – Rolling Stone

Full marijuana legalization goes into effect in January – but will California be ready?

When Alex Zafrin and Rekka Nicholson decided to make marijuana-infused ice cream, they started off small. They bought a small, $30-something ice cream maker and began experimenting with processes and flavors at home. While they’d eventually make flavors like Coffee Pot, Vanilla Kush and Go Fudge Yourself, the learning curve was steep. They made their share of mistakes – including a peanut butter and crispy maple bacon flavor that contained chunks of chewy meat and turned out to be “really awful,” Zafrin says – but after just three months, they finally found a balance. They found a company that could supply the THC oil, and landed themselves in 100 medical dispensaries across the state.

Source: Inside California’s Scramble Toward Legal Weed – Rolling Stone

The Benefits of Microdosing Weed · High Times

I’m going to be honest when I say that upon hearing about microdosing pot, I was very skeptical. As someone who has enjoyed joint after joint, smoking little bits at a time just seemed ineffective. I assume anyone with a high tolerance will think likewise.

Yet, as mentioned in a previous article, there have been moments in which I have experienced anxiety from too much THC. To top it off, I’m in the midst of a period of my life where my responsibilities are heightened; therefore, lightening my cannabis consumption.

With this, I inevitably began smoking less and less to a point where my tolerance has been lowered quite a bit. And I naturally began to microdose.

Source: The Benefits of Microdosing Weed · High Times

State Using Pot Revenue to Fund Sims Style Drug Conversations

Sims fans, get ready to see your favorite characters in lifelike, role-playing computer exercises talking about drugs and alcohol.As we know, Colorado is using tax revenue from the sale of legal cannabis to fund many projects, such as housing the homeless, K-12 education and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs.

To that end, an organization called Peer Assistance recently received $200,000 from the Colorado Health Department to fund it its newest project—One Degree: Shift the Influence, which includes Sims-style computer exercises designed to create a role-playing atmosphere for users, simulating two lifelike situations.

Source: State Using Pot Revenue to Fund Sims Style Drug Conversations

New Sentencing Reform Initiative Before Senate · High Times

Mandatory minimums would be reserved for violent offenders.

A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation this week that would reduce prison terms for non-violent drug offenders, Reuters reports. Under the proposed reform, mandatory minimum sentences would be reserved strictly for those convicted of violent crimes.

The bill’s lead sponsors are Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and senior Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein. The pair have teamed up before to push through hardline anti-drug legislation, which will perhaps give them credit with conservatives to promote this reform.

Source: New Sentencing Reform Initiative Before Senate · High Times

IRS Targeted Pot Non-Profits for Deeper Scrutiny · High Times

The taxman cometh.

 

A federal watchdog has has identified as many as 146 cases in which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeted liberal-leaning groups, including non-profits working on medical marijuana issues, for extra scrutiny based on their names or political leanings, reported the Washington Post.

“The IRS identified the medical marijuana organizations for further scrutiny because of concerns that they were engaging in activities that were not permissible under tax-exempt law,” said the treasury inspector general for tax administration (TIGTA) in a review released Thursday.

Source: IRS Targeted Pot Non-Profits for Deeper Scrutiny · High Times

Your Grandma’s Guide To Grass: State Rolls Out Website To Cut Through Cannabis Haze

cahealth daily

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Every day, Anna Denny encounters people who know their way around a joint.

Denny owns Elevated 916, a smoke shop in north Sacramento that sells tobacco products and smoking accessories. But many of her customers don’t limit their smoking to tobacco.

Because they’ve been there, done that, Denny just can’t imagine them using a new state website that offers resources — and plenty of warnings — about the use of marijuana now that lighting up recreationally is legal in California.

“Some of this, I can see it being useful for a grandma who might be interested [in marijuana] and is getting her information from her grandson,” Denny said. “In that case, this website is probably a better source.” Continue reading Your Grandma’s Guide To Grass: State Rolls Out Website To Cut Through Cannabis Haze