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Saturday, 26 December 2020

Oh Cannabis Winter 2021 Newz y Views!

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OH CANNABIS

Ontario Pot Lockdown: The Covid-19 pandemic forces Canada's largest province back into full lockdown. Our pot shops too! Curb side pickup and home delivery are allowed between 9am to 8pm. There is a lot of confusion. For more info, check the AGCO [Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario memo out @ MBD @ Global 

21+ Predictions 4 2021: CBD's are posed for take off, as legalization takes root and spreads across the US. CBD's could help open the door for the rest of the cannabiz sector too, in the daze ahead. But basically, we're looking at the same old legalization nightmare. The legal production problems. The supply and demand woes. With unlicensed sales still rocking the legal marketplace. While, the opening US market is a lucrative prospect for our struggling Canadian producers. Is a big comeback in the works? @ HID  MF

Covid Meds: Can our favourite herb help relieve ARDs [acute respiratory distress syndrome]? Save you from ending up on a respirator, should you catch the coronavirus? Researchers think so at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, where studies continue @ ECNULETH

Not Equitable: Check out the latest stats! The leadership positions within Canada's licensed producers remain overwhelming white and male. While most everyone else is stuck on the outside looking in. Women? Visible minorities? LGBTQ? First Nations? Canada's a very diverse nation. The list goes on and on. Well might we look south to the US "Social Equity Programs" being developed to help redress the unfair imbalance Forbes

Welcome 2 Regulatory Hell: Without doubt, Health Canada's crazy assed, super uptight cannabis "safety" regulations are a real bugaboo for Canada's legal market! But it's increasingly taking it's frustration out on our unlicensed producers. Remember: their proud legacy is the legalization movement, which made your legal marketplace possible in the first place. Now, far too many are being unfairly locked out. This brouhaha just sounds like another big, bully boy, business boo hoo hoo 2 me. But there might, just might be something to their new ... ahem ... "educational focus" on our favourite weed @ Mugs

Healthy Cannabis: Health Canada I$ very worried! $eems that our regi$tered medical cannabi$ patient$ are growing way too much pot on our own. Jeez .... they never worried much about u$ before. So what'$ different now?!? @ Global

A Toronto High: I'm glad to report that pot shops are sprouting up like weeds across our city! Meanwhile, there's an "oversupply" of pot to boot! Consumers are finally reaping the benefits, as we head into year three of legalization @ TStar

Lots + Lots More To Come ...

IN THE NEWZ


Decriminalizing It: Biden is sworn in. The senate Democrats announce plans to introduce a new federal bill to decriminalize pot. Nice start! Let's keep rollin' @ NW

Pot Pardons: NORML, along with a coalition of criminal justice reform advocates and business groups, urge President Biden to follow through with his campaign promise to non-violent offenders @ NORML

Lots MORE: Some good news! The new "Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement" Act, passed by the Democrats in the House of Representatives, removes cannabis from the dangerous drugs list. Reduces barriers to research. 
Eliminates many banking and tax restrictions. Creates shared federal-state control of various cannabis programs. While introducing both a Cannabis Opportunity Program and a Cannabis Justice Office. Sounds good though a late amendment sadly excludes convicted pot felons from participating in the legal marketplace @ Leafly @ CNN 

MORE Caveats: There's more bad news -If the Act isn't passed by the GOP Congress before it adjourns January 3, then it's back to the drawing board to reintroduce it all over again. Maybe some positive changes could be made. But House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is no friend of the act. Plus it's unclear if enough yes votes will still be there. All this and more @ Lex @ CNBC


Politics of Pot: The new Democrat majority in the US Senate could mean prohibition's days are numbered. However, the party still has to sort out whether it wants to decriminalize or legalize weed. Progressives are also asking for a meaningful, social justice plan to be included; one that expunges criminal records and stops jailing drug users. Meanwhile, a Covid strategy and the Trump impeachment are hot on the legislative front burner. Don't hold your breath, a new bill might not be passed anytime soon @ Cannigma

Government Pot: Biden's cabinet picks suggest that the Democrats might be leaning towards the Canadian legalization model. So far, they tend to favour putting the government rather than the private sector in control of weed production and sales. Ummm ... Hey! We've been there. Done that. Where are your hardcore Republicans free enterprise types, when they're really needed, eh? @ Cannigma


Majority Greenslide: During last fall's election, the vast majority of Republican and Democrat's alike, supported the state legalization referendums. Surely, the cannabiz sector is grassroots capitalism at it's finest. While legalization makes perfect business sense. Can the GOP finally put 2 plus 2 together? Realize that legalization is in their best interest too? Creating a much, more cannabis friendly congress, for the next four years ahead? @ NR

High Times in Alabama: The state Democrats introduce Bill 149 to decriminalize weed. Will it pass?!? Get this -pot heads from the Republican Party are getting onboard with it too! Let's hope everyone can put their differences aside, not make this a partisan issue. C'mon! Everyone smile nicely now! Say "High" @ WP @ AL

ALRAMP [Alabama Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition]: Don't say it can't happen yet! Check it out -Alabaman Republicans link up with NORML to get the red legalization ball rolling in that state @ Facebook

Capitol Highs + Lows: A toker smokes a joint, then stumbles about reporting on the January 6 Capitol Building Riots in Washington DC. Hmmm. Am more into peace, love and understanding myself, when I'm high @ Slate

Pot Pardons: Der Donald grants pardons to 11 federal cannabis prisoners on his way out the door. Better late then never, plus now he's gone .... @ GE

A New Corruption High: Sadly, many two bit state and municipal officials are now making a fortune from legalization, off of bribes, permits and licensing fees @ Politico

Global Highs: The legalization movement looks set to kick into high gear in Israel, Luxembourg, Mexico, and South Africa this year @ HT

GREEN MARKETING

OCS Quarterly Review: Sales are up! Prices down! Here are the OCS's [Ontario Cannabis Store] latest sales stats for July through September 2020. Well ... heh .. heh ... Let's just say thank god they got Hotbox'er Abi Roach there now are as Senior Product Manager. Yay Abi @ Shopi Overview @ Statcann Abi @ Linked

Ontario -Legal Weed: Here's a handy map of all 250 plus licensed pot shops across our province. Those with a license pending too @ AGCO

AGCO -Authorization Pending: Check the applicant's status by store name, municipality or First Nation via the AGCO [Alcohol Gaming Cannabis Ontario] website chart. Find one or more that's authorized/ will be authorized near you @ AGCO

Lockdown High's + Lows: To chill out, consumers are increasingly turning to weed rather than booze, while locked down during the pandemic. Let's face it. No hang overs! Blackouts! Shakes! Less fights and aggressiveness too! More @ Forbes The Canadian report @ TStar

2020 Cannabiz Review: There were lotsa highs and lows, but the global cannabis sector had a smokin' year! Heh heh ... er ... The trippy market data and business trends raise even higher hopes for 2021, as our legalization movement continues to grow ... @ Forbes

Lots + Lots More To Come ...

HIGHER LEARNING

Covid + Cannabis: Some basic safety reminders: Pass pass puff is a no go, be it a joint, pipe or bong etc. Wash your hands before rolling. Smoke can irritate your lungs. Maybe cut back for now and consider more edibles? @ OCS

Get Gased: What better time than during a pandemic to try on a gas mask when smoking pot! Hi! Hi! High @ MD

Beginners Edible Guide: Let's face it -they're easier on your lungs. That's important during the pandemic. Here's what you need to know to get started! Yummy @ TripS

A Lil Dab'll Do Ya! Welcome to the wonderful world of dabbing! What is dabbing? How do you dab! Here are the basics  @ Canni

"Eau De Smoke" or "How 2 Get Rid of The Smell?" Dun like? Afraid you'll git busted? Well, you can vape! Or use Patchouli oil or Febreeze. Or toke in the bathroom ... blech! Or ... or ... All this and more @ Leafly


Cannabis Parenting Tips: Many, responsible, modern day parents are discovering that cannabis helps them to better relax and deal with the stress and strains of family life. Check out their stories @ Cannigma

Driving High: The Apple and Andriod's voice, text and touch "infotainment systems" in your car, slow down your reaction time waaaaay more than pot. But somehow that's never mentioned in the reports. Just saying ... @ OM

Biggest Lies: Sure, Trump and the Alt Right came up with a  real whopper about the election steal and fooled a lot of people. But did you know that cannabis is illegal because of a big lie too? 

Make up some lies about hispanics and blacks. Add some fake conspiracy theories. Throw in a load of BS passed off as ... ahem ... medical and scientific study. 

What do you get? Taa Daaa! Prohibition! Based upon some of the biggest, and most widely believed lies of all! 

For legalization and/ or decriminalized to succeed, we need to recognize and expose all this reefer madness! Here's more on the racist and conspiracy lies @ FEE @ BI Most bigly @ Anslinger You'll find out more about the medical and scientific lies @ CBT @ Civilized @ NORML 

Dept Of Senior Moments: Cannabis and CBD's are a great way to self medicate; for whatever ails. Sure, when our health issues are bad or really acting up, we listen to the doc. Take the necessary meds. But what about all those in-between times? When you just need to maintain? Instead of being so dependent on the big, bad biopharma industry, consider our favourite weed! The inside dope @ MCG It's very safe! No, you can't OD @ Forbes


Higher Highs: Most buds at the pot shop don't pack much punch, if you've been toking for years and years and .... well, you get the picture! Here are a few 25% plus THC buds to look out for @ WM

THC Vs CBD's: Whats the difference?!? More @ Leafly

Sleepy Time CBD's? They'll help you relax and de-stress. But you'll need a little THC also, to fall asleep @ MBG

Microdosing 101: A little THC is also great for when you're in pain. Nope! You don't need a lot, just a little @ CG

Lots + Lots More To Come ...

HIGH TIMES

A Lockdown TV High: Think Atlanta, Bong Appetite, Broad City. Cooking With Dope, Disjointed, Dope State, High Maintenance, Weeds etc. etc. There are now kilo's of weed themed TV shows, both old and new, on Apple, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, Prime to help pass away the endless daze. @ WM 

Cannabis, Flower Power and the 1960's: Weed was about a lot more than just money and fun. It lit the imagination of a counterculture revolution. We're still feeling the social, culture and political effects today. Here's a kool overview of cannabis culture, back in the daze @ WB

Toking In The Sixties: Weed was real popular with students on campus. It also cut across social class. Despite being underground and highly illegal, it became the thing to do @ SEPost

On Puff Puff Pass: Sharing a joint was a very important social ritual. It was how the sixties counterculture movement bonded together. The baby-boomer generation comes of age @ 00i 


The 60's-70's Head Space Deciphered: Wot fun! Eh?!? No, this wasn't written by me. Could've been tho. And yeah -there are photo's of Janet and I from back in the day, somewhere on my site. But naw, we didn't know each other back then @ 00i

Hippie Grass Slang: In the 60's, "Pot heads" "turned on" by "smoking grass". Nobody kool called it "marijuana". While "hotbox", "buds" or "nugs" weren't a part of the vocabulary either. And no, being "straight" had nothing to do with your sexual orientation. An old hipster explains @ BC

"Far Out Man!" Or "Best Hippie Drug Films of the 60's + 70's": " Alice's Restaurant", "Easy Rider!", "Gimme Shelter", "Hair, "Head", "Psych-Out!", "Rainbow Bridge", "Strawberry Statement", "The Trip", "Woodstock"and "Zabriskie Point". The list goes on and on! 74 in all @ imbd  

Summer of Love -50 Top Psychedelic Albums: Everyone recorded a psych album, including the Beatles, Beach Boys, Byrds, CreamDonovanDoors, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, The Monkees, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Thirteenth Floor Elevators and The Who! Here's what pot smokers were listening to in 1967, when they got high! BV

Lots + Lots More To Come ...

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