Solstice Strains for Summer

Enjoy all the activities of the summer months with these uplifting strains.

It’s officially summer! Whether you’re taking time off from a busy college schedule or carving out extra time around your busy work schedule, this is when socializing is at an all-time high. That means it’s time to get out in the sunshine with some sativas that will keep you in a good mood without making you feel tired, sluggish or sleepy. For people preparing for festivals, nights out dancing, activity-packed vacations or just a lazy weekend at the house, this list of uplifting strains can help keep you in good spirits while you take on a day of back-to-back plans.

Sour Diesel

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MA Guts Pot Industry Protections for People of Color

When Massachusetts’ voters passed Question 4 last November it included clear language for diversity and inclusion in the forthcoming legal cannabis industry. Now lawmakers and activists are furious that the state’s omnibus cannabis bill does not match the vision of the drafters or will of the voters.

As the discussion around inclusion in the cannabis industry for those communities most affected by the War on Drugs has snowballed over the last couple years, Massachusetts was one of the places industry observers were pointing to as an example of concrete steps being made in that direction. The issue has picked up major steam at the municipal level in places like Oakland, California, but Massachusetts’ actions at the state level would set a high bar for the future.

But now things have gone sideways, and everyone from the bill’s authors to the Boston City Council is up in arms at the bravado of Beacon Hill’s actions — just down the street from the last team in Major League Baseball to integrate black players.

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Move Over Marijuana: Hemp Had a Good Year Too

More states than ever are opening up to industrial hemp.

Eight out of nine cannabis decriminalization ballot measures passing during the 2016 general election — it was a banner year for cannabis. But while pot puns proliferated in the headlines, marijuana’s botanical cousin saw decidedly less coverage.

Nonetheless, hemp had its milestones too: four states passed some sort of hemp-specific legislation in 2016, several hemp programs were enacted, and three out of four successful adult-use initiatives included hemp in their texts.

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Fight Night Highlights: Top Pot Moments in Combat Sports

WBC Heavyweight Champion, Deontay Wilder, was recently busted with pot in Alabama after he took the wrong car out from his fleet, so we’re looking back at some of our favorite ridiculous pot moments in combat sports.

You can’t blame Deontay Wilder for trying to keep things under wraps; many of the sports where you’re putting life and limb on the line in a fairly literal sense are extra harsh on athletes who choose to use cannabis outside the ring, cage or dohyō… ring thing used in traditional Japanese sumo wrestlers.

Whether it be 5-year bans like the one Nevada’s State Athletic Commission tried to stamp on Nick Diaz, continued issues for other medical marijuana patients who fight or just haters, cannabis consuming athletes have plenty to put up with.

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Book Review: ‘The Cannabis Health Index’

Book explores 100 different conditions and diseases that can be treated with cannabis.

There was a time when cannabis books were, few and far between. They consisted mainly of cultivation books (almost all of them authored by Ed Rosenthal), a few cooking with cannabis titles and autobiographies of drug dealers. Then came the period where medical cannabis books began to appear but they were so outrageously priced that no one could afford them. But times have changed. At the recent 11th National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics in Berkeley, California the conference bookstore was overflowing with titles on all aspects of cannabis and, in particular, medical cannabis.

Some authors, it seems, have seen the writing on the wall and anticipate the day when cannabis textbooks will be needed for budding (pardon the pun) cannabis clinicians. A handful of colleges have begun to teach students about the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECS) and a smaller number are offering cannabis certification courses. Students need books and authors like Uwe Blesching are writing them.

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Vermont Legalization Deal Likely This Week

 

Despite a disappointing gubernatorial veto, Vermont’s historic legalization bill could still move forward — this week.

Vermont came within a stroke of Gov. Rick Scott’s pen of becoming the first state to legalize marijuana through the regular old legislative process, rather than put the hard and dirty work to voters.

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Bolder Business Strategies

How two young entrepreneurs navigated stringent state regulations and built their brand.

Consider the multi-phase evolution of Colorado’s cannabis industry: the illicit marketplace gave way to a relatively unregulated medical marketplace, which developed into a regulated medical industry, which opened the door for adult-use legalization.

Now, constantly shifting regulation in both the state’s medical and recreational industries creates a minefield of obstacles and hazards for aspiring cannabis companies.

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Recipe: Go Bananas with Cannabis Infused Banana Salsa

This infused salsa recipe calls on the natural sweetness of bananas and the complimentary terpene profile of Glass Slipper cannabis flowers to bring something nice to your spice.

Salsa has a long history that can be traced all the way back to the ancient Aztecs: In Mexico, Aztec nobility would combine chilies, tomatoes, ground squash seeds and sometimes beans to make a dish that would evolve into contemporary salsa. With the Spanish conquest of Mexico came the “discovery” of tomatoes, the Aztec recipe and the birth of the name “salsa.”

Salsa was being manufactured y commercially as early as the 1800s, but by the 1970s, people coast to coast began discovering Mexican food and sales of salsa skyrocketed. Today, salsa’s popularity has grown so large that it rivals ketchup in sales figures.

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Snoop & Martha: Best Buds

How an unlikely friendship budded into TV magic. “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” VH1

Here’s a promising candidate for understatement of the year: Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg were both a pretty big deal in the ’90s.

The decade witnessed the launch of the now-famous Martha Stewart Living magazine and television program, which catapulted Stewart’s already-rising profile to full celebrity status. By 1995, her picture graced the cover of New York Magazine, which declared her “the definitive American woman of our time.”

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Goodbye Medical MJ, Hello ‘Medical AND Adult-Use’ Cannabis

California, the undisputed pioneer of state-level cannabis decriminalization, is about to make history again with the 2018 rollout of the largest regulated marijuana market in the United States. The recent unification of the state’s regulatory framework means that medical and adult-use cannabis will be governed by the same system.

There’s a new acronym in California cannabis — one acronym to rule them all.

Legislators in Sacramento recently approved Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget bill, and when they did, they also created a single, unified system for all commercial marijuana activity in the state.

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