Legalization Means Dogs DIE? Riiiiiight.

High and Happy Monday blogees! It’s a rainy, chilly day where I am, so if you share the same weather sentiment, cuddle close while the rain gently taps against the window…

Now let’s talk about killing dogs! Kidding, I would never. But early last week I saw articles circulating regarding law enforcement’s K-9 unit narcotic-detecting dogs would either have to DIE or be replaced once cannabis is legal in Illinois. I’m not the biggest coffee drinker but I need a cup for this. Before I start my brew, let’s make good and sure I’m coming off nice and clear:  THIS IS ANTI-CANNABIS PROPAGANDA. Be right back…

Newsweek reported that Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffet, yup Warren Buffett’s son, claimed that entire units of K-9 officers would have to be replaced if Illinois becomes a legal cannabis state. Officers meaning dog. Yes, a K-9 dog is an officer and killing an officer is a felony, right? Point is, this is nonsense. There’s other ways to skin this cat, and maybe this is a lesson learned. Side note, isn’t it morbid how some cops automatically see murder as the answer?

Dogs are mostly domesticated for pets. Maybe, just maybe, it’s a good thing that less dogs will be used as another tool to lock up more people. Some dogs are dual police assistant dogs and narcotic-detectors, and have attacked innocent people in police pursuits and searches. But dogs are still needed to sniff out drugs like cocaine and heroin and new dogs will have to be trained for just that.

Fortunately, many dog trainers and opposers (and people with half a brain) agree that this dog killing claim is simply cray.

“It’s asinine. I fell out my chair when I saw that. It’s just…it’s insane,” said officer Marcell Patterson, the canine coordinator for the Oakland Police Department in California. When asked if any dogs had been euthanized as a direct result of legalization, he emphatically said no and described it as a “ridiculous” proposition. –Newsweek.com

So, what are some alternative options for the doggies? Most K-9 handlers become so attached to the dogs, once it’s time for the dog to retire (which happens regardless of weed legalization or not, AKA THE DOGS GET TOO OLD TO SNIFF DRUGS) end up just keeping the dog as a pet. Pretty convenient, being that the dog is already the officer’s pet in lieu of training with them and living at home and playing with the kids. Seems like dogs are smart enough to know when it’s time to stop sniffin for a livin.

And I’m almost sure most of them would rather be a service dog, maybe even a nice addition to a non-profit that cheers up terminally sick children. See if any lonely elderly residents could use a furry friend.

Or, give the dogs another friggin job in another department like most legal states have already done. Duh.

“It’s absolutely, unequivocally not true,” said Mark Rispoli, general counsel for the California Narcotic Canine Association, when asked if euthanization was used. “The dogs are either being retired or placed in a situation where marijuana is still illegal to possess. For example, jails, prisons and other correctional facilities.” –Newsweek.com

Naturally, outrage from animal rights groups and dog trainers blossomed at the release of the sheriff’s statement. And that’s the issue that anti-cannabis propaganda births year after year. Ridiculous statements and predictions of why marijuana use should stay illegal or what will happen if it doesn’t! We have to stay focused blogees, because I can almost guarantee if there’s this much effort being put toward keeping cannabis legal, legalization won’t completely erase the crass opposition.

Stay educated!

 

Sources:

http://www.newsweek.com/marijuana-pot-police-dogs-k9-k-9-euthanized-retired-pot-use-illinois-923470

http://www.pantagraph.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/if-illinois-legalizes-marijuana-what-happens-to-pot-sniffing-dogs/article_6d67b6d3-cc27-5053-ba8c-eb641611c28b.html

 

 

Two Sessions Too Many!

 

High blogees! Big things poppin so let’s get to it!

Ever heard of the Rohrabacher-Farr amendment?  It’s the amendment used to protect medical cannabis businesses from federal interference. Meaning if it’s legal under state law, the feds can’t prosecute.  Now this doesn’t protect recreational cannabis measures at all, but medical is still a long way from nothing!

The House Appropriations Committee approved of the amendment proposed by Ohio Republican Representative Dave Joyce being attached the medical marijuana protections to the 2019 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill for the 2019 fiscal year. The first big deal is this is the first time that’s ever happened. The HOPE is that it makes it to the full House for a vote (not the show with Uncle Joey and the Olsen twins). Oh don’t tell me you don’t remember how a bill becomes a law!

Got your refresher? Ok. So this amendment is a huge part of the bill that will head to Congress to sit for a while. But if squirrel-faced Attorney General Jeff Sessions keeps throwing out ways to block cannabis, that while could turn into forever. Just last month he said that approving new cannabis manufacturers could violate the U.N. Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.

Ok back to Joyce. His amendment has been approved by the House but Rules Committee Chairman Pete Session of Texas has successfully blocked House floor votes on cannabis amendments ever since 2015. Just last month he stopped measures for three hemp amendments to pass. BRUH!!

And no, they’re not related by blood. Just by hate, stupidity, and weird facial expressions lol…

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…you be the judge. Point is, Pete Sessions is on a lower level of governmental power than Jeff Sessions but may be more powerful when it comes to blocking cannabis advancement. WHY? Pete is a bill blocker! In July 2017 he became notorious for blocking the proposed amendment that allowed veterans medical cannabis recommendations to get much needed medicine for their pain and PTSD. And that’s just one of his many blocks!

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Actual footage of Pete Sessions blocking House bills.

The Sessions duo can’t change facts, and the more people speak up and speak out the better fight we have! An article on Marijuana Business Daily website reported nearly 3 out of every 4 American VOTERS support protecting cannabis programs from federal prosecution, according to the Quinnipiac University poll. I don’t know much about that university, but I like their polls. The newest survey also found that support for medical cannabis REMAINS at 93%. Remember when Jeff said, “good people don’t smoke marijuana” when he was first elected to Attorney General? Well Jeff, alot of “bad” people are voting against your turtle face! Label me a bad person if necessary lol!

The people have spoken! Now we need to keep speaking!!! Join your local chapter of NORML to get started in advocating for your state. Or write to your state reps, many of them may already be co-sponsors for pro-cannabis bills and amendments!

This link is a great portal to finding your state’s proposed bills, current laws, and legislators.  Scroll to the bottom to enter your state and get access to the NORML meetings and ways you can individually make an impact!

Not really into politics? Tell a friend or relative! ALL VOICES MATTER MY LOVELY BLOGEES!

Now toke up, and go enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend.

 

“I’ve had a few great experiences with pot that I can’t remember!” –Bog Saget

#TBT-My Persuasive College Essay About Legalizing Cannabis

High blogees!

When I was taking course to finish my business degree, speech was the class I excelled in. I can talk alot, can’t you tell?

Decided to put it on put there and persuade everyone that cannabis should be legal. I got an A, and a great conversation with my professor about how to get involved on the activism tip. She was into cannabis too!!

Oh I know you didn’t think I was about to re-type all that! No, college work is history for me. No pun intended!

No matter what age, learning about cannabis is almost like being in college. You must study, network, even work in a group. Your grade is up to you!

Check back tomorrow blogees, always something good blowing in the wind at Clear As Smoke! Peace!

#WCW-Gia Morón (Audio)

High blogees? How’s it hanging?

No beating around the bush today, we need to get right to this interview. This week’s sparkling feature for Women in Cannabis Wednesday happens to be Gia Morón, the NOW Executive Vice President for Women Grow. (Remember Chanda Macias, Maryland/DC chapter leader of Women Grow? Click here!) She served as Director of Communications for the organization, now she’s moving on up! Yaaaaas!

With an extensive background in public relations, Gia founded and is CEO of GVM Communications in 2012. Prior to that, she was contributing her talents to Goldman Sachs Group for 15 years as a Media Relations Officer. She works with numerous non-profits, advocates for cannabis, and mentors young women in business here and in South Africa!

She was not only gracious enough to speak to Clear As Smoke, but gave some very inspiring words for all people of color seeking to enter the cannabis industry, and the need for marijuana offense law reform. Oh she’s something, let’s not even get it twisted. Listen below!

Need I elaborate? I mean, I can just shut the laptop now, what else can be added to such a DOPE conversation?

Mad love to Gia and all the queens at Women Grow, doing it for future #WCWs everywhere! Gia, this puff’s for you!!

Hoppin’ Humulene!

High and Happy #TerpeneTuesday!              I hashtag anything. 

Ever smelled fresh clove? It’s my favorite when blended with cinnamon and nutmeg in baked goods or some tea on a chilly evening. Well, that’s just humble humulene, the woody, earthy, kind of spicy terpene found in clove, hops, basil, and of course cannabis!


Notice that hops and basil also have mercene, remember the terpene found in mangoes? If not click here. Well many terpenes are found in the same plants and herbs. And yes, like cannabis they carry all the yummy benefits that naturally occur. So eat your produce and herbs, not just smoke em! I also love how hops hasso many terpenes because I love beer. Mmm…beer.

Oh yea, never too much beer lol.

Speaking of benefits, humulene has a very unique combo of them. In addition to being anti-bacteral, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and pharmacokinetic…hold on lemme look that up.

Ok pharmacokinetic defines the movement of drugs throughout the body, which is mad important for science and discovering cures.

Now aside from all that, humulene is the terpene that actually suppresses hunger. Yup, not all cannabis gives you the munchies! And strains heavy with this terpene help people keep food down and not have heavy appetites while suffering from nausea. Remember, serious illnesses or the medicine to treat them often has nausea and vomiting as side effects. Cannabis safely reduces and eliminates those symptoms!

Terpenes are the fragrant essential oils secreted by plants, giving them their unique smells and taste. In cannabis, terpenes also contribute to each characteristic of different strains. Next time, we’re gonna discuss the lemony terpene limonene! 

Enjoy today blogees!
“I went to Vietnam and I was there a long time. [Using marijuana] made the difference between staying human, or as Michael Douglas said, becoming a beast.” –Oliver Stone

I’M GONNA BE ON THE RADIO!

Hey Blogees!

I hope you and yours had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

I spent it listening to my mom about the labor pains I gave her, and why I’m an only child. Cheers lol!

What’s more exciting is my attendance to the 8th Annual Women’s Health Careers Networking Social, where I met some phenomenal women of color employed in the healthcare industry and non-profit sector. There I met Mama Dee, esteemed radio host and public speaker in Chicago, to come on her show TONIGHT!

SO of course I had to let my blogee family know, so you all can tune in, watch, listen, and of course CALL in with questions and comments. Don’t call in messing with me lol you know I’m silly. But I would love to hear from all of you, and I hope you are able to tune in.

Ways to listen:

Radio: 98.3 WGHC Chicago

Facebook Live: http://www.Facebook.com/MamaDeeSpeaks

Listen online: http://www.WGHCFM.org

Listen via phone: (563)999-3221

App: Download the TuneIn app and search WGHC FM

And of course call in with your questions (I’ll do my best lol) to (773)942-7167

Blogees, you all have helped me get from a dusty writer to a featured media contributor and patient care specialist. Thank you. 

Keep writing me, educating me, learning from me, and being YOU! And why shouldn’t you, after all…

Cannabis knowledge is for everyone. 

I LUH y’all!

Illinois Senate Approves Cannabis for Opiod Addiction!

It’s a good May for hay!

Let’s kick things off right, I LOVE this song!

 “First of Da Month” by Bone Thugs N Harmony

 

I’ve been scrambling to keep up with all the news and updates for you all, but on Thursday the Illinois senate voted 44 to 6 to approve a bill that grants medical cannabis to opioid-addiction patients. With doctor’s approval, patients will receive a medical cannabis card that’s good for one year. This is big people!

The definition of an opioid is an opiumlike compound that binds to one or more of the three opioid receptors of the body, producing morphine-like effects to treat pain. People are prescribed opioid medication for their ailment, but end up becoming addicted, sometimes fatally. According to drugabuse.gov, in the 1990’s pharmaceutical companies wrongfully endorsed opioids as non-addictive. This led to abuse of the drug and of course, over-prescribing. Now, opioid overdose is one of the leading killers in America, 45,000 just last year to be exact.

Every day, more than 115 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.  -drugabuse.gov

Sure, cannabis treatment isn’t everyone’s choice, but at least the stuff won’t kill you. Advocates for cannabis, like Dr. Sonjay Gupta, agrees that treatment works in three ways:

  1. Cannabis safely and effectively replaces opioids as pain treatment.
  2. Cannabis relieves the symptoms from opioid withdrawl, i.e. vomiting and insomnia.
  3. Cannabis can help repair neurotransmitters damaged by opioid use.

As different states continue to fight to include more cannabis legalization, big wins like this definitely help the push. Advocate, your voices matter! Opposing parties and some conservative leaders still feel cannabis is a gateway drug with little health benefits.

But we know better!

Enjoy this beautiful day blogees!

Mercy, Mercy, Myrcene! Let’s Talk Terps!

It’s almost Friiiiiday, it’s almost Friiiiiday! We talkin terpenes, we talkin terpenes! First up is myrcene, it’s found in mangoes, and lemongrass too, and even basil!

I’m kind of singing this as I type so I’ll stop. I felt myself rhyming there, then I gave up lol. MYRCENE! One of my fave terps. You can also find it in hops, bay leaves, and thyme, yummy! Oh, and don’t forget that terpenes are the essential oils secreted by plants. And if you recall, they are beneficial for more than just taste and smell. Here’s a link to my blog about terpenes, if you like! Click here

Since we’re not talking mangoes or hops, how does terpenes add to the medicinal benefits of cannabis? Strains that contain myrcene terps tend to have super chill, relaxing effects like an indica. I even heard that if you eat a mango before consuming cannabis, it will elevate the high. But I hear alot of things lol. What I do know FO SHO are the following effects occur in myrcene:

  • Analgesic
  • Antibiotic
  • Antimutagenic
  • Antiinflammatory
  • Sedative
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Picture: RoyalQueenSeeds.com

Come through with that mango-ey goodness! Lol now don’t mix up plants, cannabis with myrcene will not guarantee a taste or smell like mangoes or any aforementioned herbs. Matter of fact, it will have it’s own aroma, taste, and effect, that’s what makes strains unique! But it does help to have something common to remember different terps. So I associate myrcene with mangoes yet any method you use is fine! In cannabis, there are 10 primary terpenes, even though 200 have been discovered. Myrcene happens to be the most abundant, so lookout for this fruity fave!

 

#WCW-Hood Incubator (video)

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

Well I’ve got THREE! Meet Ebele Ifedigbo, Biseat Yawkal, and Lanese Martin are the co-founders of Hood Incubator, an excellent organization that helps people in cannabis operating illegally in cannabis transition into a legal business.

This is big y’all!

With only 1-2% of all cannabusinesses being owned by POC, while being almost 10 times as likely as white people to get arrested for a cannabis crime, legalization has clearly overlooked a certain demographic.

Founded in 2017, in Oakland, CA, Hood Incubator seeks to increase the pariticpation of POC in cannabis while advocating for racial and economic justice in the community. Matter of fact, they operate the first POC-focused accelerator in the nation. Two snaps ladies!!

Check the video below:

What the government won’t do, Black women will! Not only do they assist peoole with cannabis education, they provide a business intensive program that prepares POC to enter the cannabis industry legally!
Let’s raise a smoke for these three powerhouses! 

Thank you Hood Incubator, you are not only a part of the movement, you are one!

Even My Cannabinoids Got Cannabinoids

High blogees,

Just like many of you, I’m no expert in the science of cannabis. But dammit I’m getting there! Cannabis is a beautiful, complex plant with endless healing properties.

But how do we know what types of cannabis heals what? Cannabinoids! The healing machines of the cannabis plant, aka the chemical compunds secreted by cannabis flowers. 

We talk often about THC and CBD, well those are the main two. But thanks to science, over 85 have been discovered, all with beneficial properties. Say whaaaa??

Humans have an endocannabinoid system with their own natural compounds, right? Okay so cannabinoids imitate those compounds, activating those healing powers. It’s some real superhero type stuff.

Our brains and bodies already have receptors for cannabinoids. CB-1 is in the brain, CB-2 is in the body. Different effects from consuming cannabis comes from different cannabinoids binding to different receptors. Which is also why there’s indica (body high) and sativa (cerebral high). Comment below if I’m losing you. I’ve had to go over this info alot before really getting it.

Here’s a handy chart from Leafly that matches common symtoms with the cannabinoid: 

Here’s an example. Let’s say you are suffering from pain, which can lead to depression or stress. THC, CBD, CBG may be included in a strain that would help you out. Like Island Sweet Skunk, a sativa. 

Notice the percentages. When tested, this strain had a combination of many cannabinoids, including the ones that relieve those symptoms. None if the cannabinoids shown make up even 30%, of the entire strain but, the amount of each is high enough to provide relief when consumed. 

THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol) is only found in cannabis. The other healing cannabinoids found in cannabis can also be found in plants ranging from chocolate (contains FAAH, an enzyme that interacts with the endocannabinoid system) to black pepper (contains BCP, beta-caryophylle, a terpene that acts as a cannabinoid too. We’ll get back to terpenes soon.) 

Cannabinoid testing improves everyday with technology and patient/user feedback. But without legalization, this research isn’t sponsored, leading to many barriers.

But for now, let’s start learning on our own.  Get used to learning strains that meet your relief needs!

Talk to your primary physician about seeking cannabis treatment if you are indeed suffering from a condition. I’ll help as much as I can!

Enjoy your Tuesday!