#WCW-Shanel Lindsay

Blogees!! What high and hoppin? Did you see Black Panther? OMG…I saw it twice, EVERYTHING!

Other than it being awesome, the movie’s storyline is driven by both tradition and technology, with the intelligence and inventive skills of its women. What a fitting theme for Women in Cannabis Wednesday, so let’s say haaaaay to Shanel Lindsay! She’s an attorney, medical cannabis patient advocate, and founder of Arden LLC, which produces cannabis wellness and beauty products.

She also invented the NOVA Decarboxylator, a device that maximizes the cannabinoids (like THC) in flower or kief . (Kief are the trichomes that settle at the bottom of your grinder, or on your fingers when you break down flower).


Based out of Boston, Lindsay received her Bachelor’s from the University of Pennsylvania, and her JD from the Northeastern School of Law. She began as a judicial law clerk then went on to litigate for Fortune 500 companies. Her cannabis journey began with a quest for pain and inflammation relief for ovarian cysts.  For over a decade she mastered the art of extraction and tincture production, eventually discovering ways to more efficiently dose cannabis for patients!

Fortunately in 2012, Massachusetts passed its cannabis laws and she was able to commission more research to refine the decarbolyzation process, and later founded Arden LLC. Her invention, NOVA, is “the first cannabis medical device that allows patients to achieve pharmaceutical grade dosing using the cannabis plant.” —Ardent Cannabis Website

Did I mention she’s an advocate? Aside from drafting the state of Massachusetts’ adult use cannabis law, she’s the founding member and co-chair of the Northeast Cannabis Coalition and counsel to the Massachusetts Patients Advocacy Alliance. AAAANNND she’s the chairwoman of the Market Participation Chair to the Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board.  OK??!!! Check her out below!

Now, why is her research and invention so important? Because creating tinctures, salves, even edibles requires decarbing cannabis, and because that makes the cannabinoids more potent in the post-consumption effects, dosage is key! To decarb cannabis, you have to heat it low and slow if you recall one of my recipe blogs, ahem…(Cannabutter? I Hardly Even Know Her! ). But of course there is no way to test or measure those cannabinoids, let alone if the flower was decarbed properly in the first place. Sheesh!

Spirited and determined, like the effects of a nice sativa…Lady Lindsay, this bud’s for you!  Your inventions and progressive education will benefit patients and small businesses and motivate more involvement in the industry. THANK YOU!!!




#WCW-Lakisha Jenkins

It’s no coincidence that Women in Cannabis Wednesday falls on the national day of love, so let’s heart another WCW, shall we blogees?

Meet Lakisha Jenkins, Doctorate in naturopathy, master herbalist, holistic medicine teacher, founding board member of the California Cannabis Industry Association, and a professional member of the National Herbalist Guild. From 2013-2015 her participation and knowledge helped shape cannabis regulations on both California state level and federally. She also opened The Farm’acy, a nonprofit agricultural co-op and medical dispensary in 2010.

Oh, and she can mix cannabis with 500 types of herbs and treat just about whatever ails you.



I could dive into her extensive professional and educational background, but her personal story is what makes her amazing. In 2002, Jenkins’ eldest daughter Kiona was diagnosed with 2 types of brain cancer at only eight years old. To her better judgment, Jenkins inquired about alternative treatement to chemotheraphy and radiation, but was directed to treat her daughter traditionally. Kiona passed at age 11 in 2006, motivating her mother to aggressively find holistic and ancestral methods of healing. The Kiona T. Jenkins Foundation of Natural Health was founded in 2003 to provide “direct financial and in-kind assistance to cancer survivors despite their socioeconomic status prior to diagnosis.” (http://www.kionafoundation.org/about-us.html)

“My family is from the Mississippi band of Choctaw Indians, so we have Native American lineage and my grandfather is a native healer,” she explains. “I just went back to my native roots and just researched.” (http://www.complex.com/life/2017/01/women-weed-industry/lakisha-jenkins)


Remember I said I could dive in to her background? Check her “pool” of positions below!

Jenasis Cooperative Incorporated – Founding Director and President

Brown Hills Ranches Inc. – Founding Director and President

JECOI Academy of Ag Science and Arts – Founding Director and President

The California Cannabis Industry Association President (2012-2015)

The National Cannabis Industry Association -Board of Directors (2013-2015)

Queen Lakisha Jenkins, your sacrifice and dedication to progressing healing methods and cannabis reform will not go unappreciated! We thank you, and we honor the life and legacy of Kiona T. Jenkins. Thank You!

“There’s a privilege that is associated with being a white male in this country, you don’t have that same type of fear that other minority groups or other people do and you’re more in a position to take a risk in jumping into this industry.” –Dr. Lakisha Jenkins

Event-Cannabis and Coffee (Chicago)

Rise and high blogees!

Just found out about a great event for those seeking more information about cannabis or registering as a patient or caregiver.

My good friends at Mission IL cannabis dispensary will be hosting an intimate informational that’s FREE!


When: Friday, February 23, 2018 from 6pm-8pm

Where:  Ancien Cycle Cafe, 1558 East 53rd St

RSVP (PLEASE): infor@missionil.com

Plus, $2 off beverages for the 1st 25 attendees!

Meantime, in between time, feel free to visit Mission IL at 8554 S. Commercial Ave! Stop by, say hey, and learn more about The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Act today!


#WCW-Sharda Sekaran

Happy Women in Cannabis Wednesday! Let’s get right to it!

Legalizing cannabis is a lot different that decriminalizing cannabis, and that difference  is the heads or tails to completely reforming policies from state to state.  With the stark racial gap of people succeeding in the cannabis industry and those still serving time, activism from all sides is necessary.

So when I was told about Sharda Sekaran, I was pleased to find out she is a human rights advocate and organizer. Has her career been marked by cannabis? Not at all, but she’s proof that cannabis legalization is a civil right, not just an effort to get everyone toking lol. She’s been a voice for the people ever since high school and college, bringing attention to unequal education budget cuts and human rights.




Sekaran later became Managing Director of Communications at the Drug Policy Alliance, where she witnessed firsthand the disproportioned rates of people of color arrested for cannabis versus non-people of color. Additionally, she’s the treasurer for Race Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to racial justice. She’s also a published journalist and blogger (don’t ya just love powerful Black women who blog?), highlighting individual cases of racial injustices, including marijuana offenses. Check out one of her posts for the Huffington Post regarding a victim shot by police regarding marijuana: Click here

She has also served for GLAAD and Citymeals-On-Wheels, and currently holds an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. I think it’s so cool how the good ol cannabis fight is becoming a true civil rights issue, and not just drug policy. Sekaran is also concerned with the public having a true image of a typical cannabis user:

“Marijuana is being covered by the media in an increasingly sophisticated and nuanced way now that the laws are changing and more people are ‘out’ as marijuana users,” she said. “We all know that many marijuana smokers look more like your Aunt Bettie or your accountant than The Dude from The Big Lebowski; but most images in the public sphere still do not reflect this.” –Sharda Sekaran, Crrh.org

SO excited to have yet another #WCW whose career isn’t based solely in cannabis, but knows the importance of its inclusivity in the fight for racial and social justice. Here’s a couple of puffs for you Sharda, Thank You!!



Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!

Happy Monday Blogees!

I heard 1.5 million Americans used the Super Bowl as a reason to take off work. Luckily, hemp is something that never takes a day off, and hopefully your state will be the next to legalize growing it commercially. So far, only 16 states are approved to do so. Hemp cannot get you high (like, at all), it’s easy to cultivate, is a great alternative material for production, and creates jobs!

Too bad it’s still cannabis, because close-minded law makers feel if farmers are allowed to grow it, growing cannabis with high THC will be allowed too. OR farmers will use the clearance to illegally grow stronger cannabis for consumption or sale.

Isn’t it funny how substances that are actually harmful aren’t given as much precaution as cannabis until AFTER people have been negatively affected? I’m just saying.


Picture: HempInformer.com

In 2014 the federal government permitted states to cultivate industrial hemp for research. Not every state was super eager to hop on to that legislation, of course.

Here in Illinois, industrial hemp can be grown for research purposes only. Farmers can apply for permits to grow hemp for universities, but it still doesn’t guarantee the security and profit of growing hemp  for production purposes.  In Indiana, Perdue University was the only site where hemp was allowed to grow, until a few days ago when the state was legalized to grow hemp commercially. This is a big, necessary move.

State to state legislation of growing industrial hemp creates opportunities for some, and losses for others. Farmers have already seen positive progress in states that allow the crop. In Kentucky, farmers produced 3,200 acres in 74 counties in 2017. And with all that production comes jobs…SO many that the state was approved to grow 12,000 acres this year. Farm on Kentucky, farm on.


Check this video on just a few of the many uses of hemp!



“From our perspective, it provides an additional crop opportunity for our farmers and a market for a new crop that they would have an opportunity to grow.”   –Bill Bodine, IL Farm Bureau



High Times

Chicago Tonight-WTTW

Canna Recruiter

#BHM-Jeff Mizanskey

Happy #BlackHistoryMonth Bloggees!
On the third day of this celebratory February,  I thought I’d introduce some lesser known figures in Black cannabis history. 

On September 1, 2015, 62 year old Jeff Mizanskey left prison a free man after serving a 21 year sentence. What for? Conspiracy to sell six pounds of cannabis. SIX. POUNDS.

He was sentenced in 1996, but due to two prior non-violent drug offenses, in Missouri, that means the whole book gets thrown at you. His sentence was life without parole,  but in May 2015 Democratic Missouri governor Jay Nixon commuted his sentence.

Did Mizanskey invent anything? Not sure. Was he a great leader? No article reports. But his sacrifice, like many, helped to broaden the perspectives politicians and people. Cannabis incarceration reformation is necessary!

I hope this encourages you, as always, to get involved. Cannabis legalization is noy complete without equal opportunities and freedoms to people of color.

❤🖤💚Have a high and happy day!❤🖤💚

Cannabis Doesn’t Harm Lung Function. (Duh) Thanks Science!!

Smoking is bad for your health.  Unless your address is beneath a rock, this is common knowledge…or is it?

There’s no doubt that smoking cigarettes can lead to multiple health ailments, including lung or throat cancer, gum infection, and possible birth defects.  Multiple studies have also shown that cigarettes are super addictive, and the habit can be harder to kick that some extreme drugs due to one simple fact: They’re legal.

So with little (or manipulated) research, smoking cannabis has been labeled as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.  Historically, no deaths have resulted from ANY type of cannabis, but presently cigarettes cause 90% of lung cancer-related deaths. But don’t let my simple facts sway you.  I found some experts with big words and the results of 2,300 participants aged 40-80 were studied for lung function after long-term cannabis use.

“Neither current nor former marijuana use was associated with increased risk of cough, wheeze, or chronic bronchitis when compared to never marijuana users after adjusting for covariates…was associated with significantly less quantitative emphysema”. Additionally, researchers “also did not find that marijuana use was associated with more obstructive lung disease.”

Does smoking anything effect lung function? OF COURSE. But does smoking cannabis lead to deadly diseases and negative functioning of the lungs? NOPE! So if smoking is your preferred method of consuming the herb, rest assured it won’t cause lung damage. I’m doing some research now about how smoking cannabis can possibly REDUCE emphysema. Who’d a thunk?? But still pace yourself, get some exercise and fresh air as much as possible, so you can be around to enjoy cannabis for a long, long time. They’re the only lungs you have!

So toke on, and kill the tobacco. Squares are for squares lol!



Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases Study

2012 Study of Cannabis Effects on the Lungs


#WCW-Madeline Martinez


It’s my favorite day! Thanks for stopping by to say hay! Women in Cannabis Wednesday!

The war on drugs has had a huge impact on women, and the numbers are steadily rising.

Madeline Martinez, Director Emeritus of NORML Oregon, has dedicated her career to cannabis policy reformation and business inclusion for women. AND she’s the co-founder of the NORML Women’s Alliance and a member of the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition! AAAANNNND she opened and operated the country’s first cannabis café, World Famous Cannabis Cafe from 2009 to 2016. This woman is a true cannabis legend!


In her own community she witnessed Hispanic women regularly incarcerated for cannabis crimes, and not receiving rehabilitation while imprisoned. She’s a patient advocate and medical advisory to numerous committees and oh, no big deal but she helped create the bill in Oregon that legalized recreational cannabis!

I found some great videos of her interviews and appearances, here’s a couple:


Chew on these statistics:

25% of women serving time in state prison on December 31, 2015 had been convicted of a drug offense, compared to 14% of men.

More than 56% of women federal prisoners were serving drug offense sentences, compared to 47% of men.

44% of all women inmates are African American, 15% Hispanic, and 5% other non-white racial backgrounds.

(US Dept. of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics: Washington, DC, Oct. 2015)


Queen Martinez, we thank you, and today we honor you!


“…the only logical next step for criminal justice reform would be the complete de-scheduling of cannabis, the end of cannabis-related arrests, and the release of non-violent cannabis prisoners.” –Madeline Martinez

We Need Dealers…Deal With It.

High there blogees! Hope everyone had a great weekend…I also hope it’s more than 25 degrees wherever you are lol gotta love Chicago.

In any state that doesn’t have legal cannabis for adults, like IL, purchasing cannabis without a medical card is more necessary than it is illegal. Lol yes, necessary crime.

As more states start looking towards legalization, people are finding fewer reasons to sign up as a medical cannabis patient.  Even people who have medical conditions are finding that it’s easier, and cheaper upfront, to buy it straight from a legal dispensary, or an illegal dealer.

In Illinois, the fee to apply for a card is between $100-$250, depending on how many years. Those fees are non-refundable, so making sure you really qualify is an extra cost of effort. Additionally, the cost of required background check and fingerprinting will run you between $60-$100. THEN once you’re approved to be a patient, you have to choose a designated center (dispensary) and pay THEIR annual registration fee, which can be anywhere from $25-$100 (and beyond, but I won’t put anyone on blast).

So at most you could be dropping almost $500 just to get your goods legally. That’s kind of steep for some sativa lol. And these fees are for those who can actually get qualified by their primary physician! For those patients whose primary doctors are like, “Nah bruh,” specialized physicians charge a fee anywhere between $100-$200 to diagnose you. (I won’t elaborate, but simply put: if your doctor won’t recommend you to the medical cannabis program, there are others who will.)

Cannabis purchases are not covered by any insurances, and there are no discounts unless you are a veteran or recipient of social security or disability. And those discounts aren’t that big. So where does all this coin dropping leave a person who simply can’t afford it, but wants to experience the healing effects of this so-called medically legal herb?

Buying from a neighbor, person near the gas station, your cousin’s friend’s co-worker who managed to sneak a little across state lines lol (did I just give myself away?) are still the typical ways many people still have to secure their green, sometimes even in legal states.

Many legal states simply don’t have dispensaries everywhere. Others are available, but won’t allow you to purchase if you don’t have a valid license or ID.  I met a woman who was a patient but couldn’t get rides to her assigned, and the nearest, dispensary. Fortunately for her, the store owner around the corner from her home sold her cannabis products that he may or may not have gotten legally.  Yea, I said fortunately.

There is no juxtaposition of legalizing one state with another, as long as the policies stay the same on a federal level. Small towns and conservative districts banning cannabis sales even in legal states. In some cases, people with felonies can’t purchase even if they qualify to be a patient. The bullshit is endless, to say the least, and until cannabis is truly recognized as medicine that can be legally regulated EVERYWHERE, illegal purchase is inevitable.

And necessary.

Yea I said it.


“I find it quite ironic that the most dangerous thing about weed is getting caught with it.” — Bill Murray

#WCW-Ayanna Pressley

High there blogees! Isn’t it a lovely day for another #WCW?

Let’s get to it! Today’s feature is a little different from the others, as she does not own or operate a cannabis business or organization. Meet Ayanna Pressley, first woman of color ever elected to the Boston City Council! You’re still wondering why she’s here though, right?

Getting to that soon. Pressley is community focused and driven to assisting families, women, children, and those in poverty. She created and is chairperson of Boston City Council’s Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities.  She works to give the disenfranchised and underrepresented communities equal opportunities at employment, housing, and healthcare. Additionally, she provides avenues of success for pregnant/parenting teens, sexual assault survivors, and families of homicide victims. She started Elevate Boston, a coalition to ensure and encourage the issues affecting women and the LGBTQ communities were highlighted in that year’s mayoral race.


…so it should be no surprise that she championed a bill that addresses the racial disparities in the cannabis industry. The Minority Cannabis Business Association created the The Model Bill that identifies how legalization does not equally effect communities affected by the war on drugs. Pressley did something very similar back in 2014 with liquor, reforming a bill and providing new licenses of which a majority were restricted to underserved communities.

Ayanna Pressley, the cannabis community thanks you. Because equalizing the business and legal playing field for all people benefits all people.



I just love this picture of her. No nonsense!



For more information, check the links below!

Ayanna Pressley Website

Model Bill

Economic Equity-Ayanna Pressley