Hood Incubator: Empowering People of Color with Cannabis

The militarized law enforcement of the Drug War has wreaked havoc on countless communities across the United States, and its impact has been especially devastating in low-income, majority-Black neighborhoods. As cannabis becomes a multi-billion dollar industry, one Oakland-based pre-seed accelerator is working to make sure the communities that bore the burden of the hard times don’t get left out of the good ones.

Leo Corley is a farmer actively working towards transforming the industrial landscape of East Oakland: the dream is a community garden and collective gathering space, and to fully achieve this dream, Corley’s taking a bet on cannabis by establishing a unique delivery service and dispensary that would offer both ganja and groceries.

As a fellow in the Hood Incubator, Corley is learning the skills to succeed within an industry that, in California alone, saw $2.7 billion in sales for 2015. Corley’s also organizing a network that will help him navigate an industry still struggling to live up to the Golden State’s reputation for racial diversity. 

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February’s Best: the Biggest Hits of the Shortest Month

It may have the fewest days of any month on the calendar, but February of 2017 was just long enough to pick some favorites out of the freshest cannabis crop. Check our latest breakdown of February’s finest.

February turned out to be an infamous one for the pot record books: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer signaling his expectation that the new Trump administration’s Department of Justice will step-up enforcement of federal cannabis laws in states that had recreational cannabis laws on the books.

Despite that harsh reality, February was also pretty dope. We had dueling predictions from America’s premier groundhogs — the drama! February 14th saw love in the air and a lot of solo efforts on Ben and Jerry’s pints — don’t worry ladies, it’s them not you.

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Officials in Legal Pot States Vow to Fight Federal Crackdown

Remarks by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer signaling increased federal enforcement of drug laws have put the national cannabis industry on high alert. In states currently enjoying the socioeconomic benefits of decriminalization, policy leaders are promising to resist federal interference in all forms.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, vow to fight any federal crackdown on the nascent industry after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said they should expect to see stepped-up enforcement of anti-pot laws.

Bob Ferguson, attorney general in Washington state, which joined Colorado in 2012 as the first states to legalize recreational use of the drug, said he requested a meeting last week with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his approach to legal, regulated marijuana.

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Cannabis Medicine Offers Seniors A New Way To Grow Old

A rapidly growing number of senior citizens are embracing the herbal alternative to opioids and other pharmaceuticals offered by cannabis and using medical marijuana to treat their age-related illnesses. Thankfully, the medical and senior care communities are also becoming more receptive to the possibilities of cannabis medicine.

Maybe it’s because contemporary cannabis culture in the United States is so inextricably bound to the legacy of the “Summer of Love,” but cannabis use is often associated with young people and youth culture. However, medical cannabis is becoming more socially accepted with each passing year, and it isn’t just the new generations exploring the plant’s healing and palliative properties.

A recent report from the Gerontological Society of America said that there’s no doubt more seniors are using cannabis medicine, and that many are experiencing benefits.

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Recipe: Mr. Nice’s Cream Cheese Frosted Carrot Cake

If you’re looking to enjoy the sweet, relatively nutritious deliciousness of carrot cake and also get nice with it, look no further than this cream cheese-crowned delight. The rich, moist cake will satisfy your springtime sweet tooth, and with the addition of Mr. Nice, you won’t have to “smoke-a-lot” to soar through the sky — just make sure you bake it all the way.

Carrot cake has always been a favorite of mine since childhood and it’s one cake you never quite feel guilty about eating. Surprisingly, carrot cake is full of nutrition and is actually a great pick me up when you are in the need of a little TLC. It is a versatile cake that you can make for any occasion or social function that will be sure to be hit!

This cake was created out of love for carrot cake and for my wonderful husband’s birthday celebration way back in the day. When he requested a carrot cake, in my mind’s eye I could already see the perfect strain to pair with one of my already created carrot cake recipes — Mr. Nice. Thus, Mr. Nice’s Carrot Cake was born. The cake was a huge hit at the party and has proven that strain specific baking really is where it’s at.

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Raindrop, Droptop: Migos Makes Weed Friendly Hip Hop

Migos, the group behind the Billboard hit and cultural phenomenon “Bad and Boujee,” has rapidly gone from a regional and cult favorite among certain Hip Hop circles to a legitimate household name with mainstream media clout. Through it all, they’ve been keeping it lit with the help of a lot of cannabis.

Even though the Hip Hop trio Migos write songs largely about selling cocaine, their music is geared much more towards smoking weed. Virtually every one of their skittering tracks is held together by the kind of delightfully stupid hook that only becomes more endearing and hypnotizing with the addition of ganja.

The chorus to “Versace,” for instance, is comprised fully of the trio repeating the titular upscale clothing brand ad nauseum; the same is true of “Hannah Montana.” Migos have developed a particular staccato cadence to their rap; it’s now sufficiently recognizable that Ellen DeGeneres has parodied it — even the New Yorker refers to it as the “Migos flow.”

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Mechoulam’s Message

The father of cannabis medicine talks CBD for autism and rescheduling.

Back in 2013, while many Americans were learning about the healing applications of CBD through a mainstream TV special hosted by CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam remained in the lab, eternally devoted into his groundbreaking work in cannabinoid science. Dr. Mechoulam discovered and isolated CBD as a young Israeli researcher in 1963 and went on to discover THC in 1964. Today, he continues to discover exactly how cannabinoids interact with the make-up of all mammals in a full-body structure known as the endocannabinoid system. We caught up with the iconic researcher to check in on new developments.

Cannabis Now:  Israel is launching a clinical trial to assess the effects of CBD on children and adults suffering from autism. Are you participating in this study?

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Nevada Plans July Pot Sales Despite Warning of US Crackdown

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada still plans to launch recreational marijuana sales in July despite warnings this week of a federal crackdown by the administration of President Donald Trump, state officials said Friday.

Marijuana possession and sales are illegal under federal law, but Nevada voters decided in November to allow people age 21 or older to use pot recreationally — becoming one of eight states to do so.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday that the United States Justice Department will step up enforcement of federal laws prohibiting recreational — not medical — marijuana. No immediate action accompanied the statement, which came in response to a reporter’s question.

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South Africa’s New MMJ Guidelines: Dagga in Govt. Hospitals?

South Africa’s Medical Control Council is set to release new guidelines on medical marijuana and all signs point to increased access to cannabis medicine. Legislators working towards safe access say the government is moving to quickly implement new policies expanding availability of medical marijuana.

South Africa is the only nation on the globe’s first continent where sick people can access medical marijuana, but “dagga oil” is restricted to extremely sick people with fatal illness.

That’s poised to change sometime this year. The nation’s Medical Control Council recently announced they will be publishing new proposed guidelines for the production and distribution of medical marijuana. The next step is allowing the public to review the guidelines and suggest changes.

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Spicer: ‘Greater Enforcement’ Coming from DOJ on Cannabis

There has been much speculation about what approach the Department of Justice will take when it comes to enforcement of federal cannabis laws. Now Press Secretary Michael Spicer has said that Americans should expect the DOJ to “enforce the laws on the books with regards to marijuana.”

White House Press Secretary Michael Spicer told a packed house at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave today that he expects to see increased enforcement of federal marijuana law in places that now have recreational cannabis on the books.

Sessions was hit with this question from a Tennessee media outlet attending the press conference via satellite.  

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