Benjamin Thomas Wolf-Bark and Bite

Hay hay hay!!

It’s easy to say, “I’m not really into politics” if you forget how much politics effects the state of cannabis in Illinois.  Legalization is VERY political and advocating includes getting to know candidates and representatives.

So, I had the pleasure of meeting Benjamin Thomas Wolf (and his beautiful dog) last year at an Illinois NORML  meeting. (For more info on NORML and their awesome mission, click here) and was very impressed with his position on cannabis, student loans, and protection of unions and workers. What really impressed me was his reason for being there. He donated his office, after-hours of course, for that evening’s NORML meeting. So I knew he supported legalization, and would later discover how he too, understood that policy reformation is just as important.

“I still do not understand the benefit of blocking people from accessing medicine that really helps,” Wolf stated. A former FBI investigator and US Diplomat, Wolf has awesome insight on policy on both state and federal levels. But don’t let me butter you up about him…I am NOT a political endorser nor have I decided who I am voting for. I met and had a conversation with a political candidate, and am encouraging you to do the same for as much as possible.

So as election day nears, I will provide more information on more candidates with aggressively progressive platforms that include legalization and reformation. Let’s get involved blogees!! And if you want to meet Benjamin yourself, check below for his website with all meeting times and contacts.




2018 IL General Primary Information

Wolf For Congress Website


Let’s TERPetuate The Importance of Terpenes!

Get it? TERPetuate? Instead of perpetuate? See what I did there? Eh screw you it was good lol.

High and Happy Medical Monday Blogees!

Cannabis, like many plants, produces many different chemical compounds. We discuss THC and CBD often, but terpenes play a very important role in my favorite plant. Terpenes produce the different aromas that makes some strains fruity, or earthy, or even cheesy. They are made inside the trichomes, which are the sparkly, crystal looking hairs that cover the buds and leaves. Terpene oils and the trichome texture are what puts the sticky in “sticky icky.”

Ok, so they make smells, big whoop? Yup, super big whoop indeed! With 100 different identified terpenes in a cannabis plant, they give each strain its unique characteristics which are used for specific patient symptoms or needs.

Aren’t they beautiful? gives a great example of the important role terpenes play in distinguishing strains and their effects:

“A sour-smelling flower may have a strong lemon scent to it. Lemon scented strains are often correlated with strains like lemon skunk or lemon haze; these are zesty sativas that give the consumer a boost of energy and euphoria. With a better understanding of terpenes and how they relate to the scents that you are experiencing, you are able to come to certain conclusions about the plant in front of you by simply smelling it. This is powerful information for consumers, patients, and growers alike.”

Since charts are more fun…(via


Now you can associate your favorite smell with its effect when it comes to different strains. Terpenes  help us detail the individual effects of indicas, hybrids, and sativas. Remember, all cannabis is not the same, aaaaallllllll the way down to the smell of it!

Here’s some more links for your leisurely scrolling:

The Science And Benefits Of Terpenes

11 Marijuana Terpenes You Should Know About

What Are Terpenes?




Your Family is Anti-Cannabis…You’ve Survived Worse.

Let’s just agree to disagree. I HATE that phrase. Never quite understood it lol but took it as common practice to ending a disagreement or debate.  And when it comes to cannabis, sometimes you have to take that same approach.

Being a cannabis consumer since my teens has led to some pretty creative reasons for bloodshot eyes, relaxed motion, or giggly demeanor. Most of the time, “I’m really sick,” or “Just really, REALLY sleepy” is about as effective as saying “I just took 10 hits of a really large bong and everything looks like a coloring book.” Everyone has their reasons for concealing their consumption or state of high, but if you use cannabis as medicine or to improve your way of life then it’s about time to stop hiding.

My mother was the first person I was truly honest with. She saw it as just a teen thing then until I started dealing and having legal, um, issues lol. It took a long time to reverse her negative perception of MY use of cannabis, and it was only a few years ago that I maturely let her know the real deal. It’s my lifestyle, my medicine, and my passion…and it’s fun as hell! Now, I’m at Thanksgiving trying to convince my grandmother that maybe a few hits of Pineapple Express could replace her arthritis meds. I’m educating my cousins on the conditions to obtain a card. I’m texting my dad reminding him to eat before snacking on the indica brownies I gave him for Kwanzaa.

I’m sure they all have their opinions. But I accepted the fact I may be seen as the family “pothead” because sticks and stones…you know the rest haha. I don’t think everyone needs to be out about their usage, to each its own. But if the only reason you are keeping your usage from your family is simply their judgment, it may be an opportunity to educate them with your knowledge and experience. You could be helping someone you love!

We’re all adults. So don’t go around trying to convince people to get high who have never had any interest before. That’s evasive and just plain annoying lol. But if you have found relief or healing in cannabis, it’s time you stop feeling ashamed.

Step one to being an advocate is being vocal. The more people educated about cannabis, the better. You may be high, but so are the number of benefits.



11 y/o Allowed to Take Cannabis Meds at School

Don’t you just LOVE good news? Blogees I’ve been tracking a story happening only an hour from where I live. An 11 year old from a Schaumburg, IL school district was allowed to have medical marijuana administered to her on school grounds or buses.

Why is this a big deal, and why am I so happy?

  1. Cannabis consumption, sales, or possession is not allowed on school grounds in Illinois. Good for children’s safety. Bad for children with conditions that are currently treated with cannabis.
  2. The move was a result of a lawsuit, which revealed the student had a RIGHT to take her medication. This is a big move.

So if using cannabis on school grounds is illegal, how did this exception happen? In the lawsuit, the policy violates the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The student is a leukemia patient who uses cannabis to treat seizures.

CANNABIS POLICY REFORMATION IS NECESSARY.  Imagine the tons of other underage patients this could potentially benefit. Parents are forced to fight a crooked system simply to provide necessary treatment for their children.

Do you, or someone you know, with a serious medical condition using medical cannabis for relief? Their children? What are your/their obstacles?

Tomorrow will be another, and hopefully final, hearing for the student and school district. Thanks to her parents, maybe more will have a chance to present medicating (if necessary) safely while at school. Progress!

Comment below and let’s keep the conversation going.

And please join or support your local NORML chapter!!


Illinois Adds Intractable Pain To Qualifying Conditions!

Not to overshadow the awesomeness of Women in Cannabis Wednesday…BECAUSE IT IS WOMEN IN CANNABIS WEDNESDAY, but I couldn’t wait until tomorrow to blog this.

So, this guy —-> nirav, Nirav Shah, is the director of the Illinois State Dept. of Health. He’s also THAT GUY, because he rejected intractable pain as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana treatment not once, but twice. Yea, that guy.

Luckily, this guy —-> 243996, Raymond Mitchell, is a Cook County Judge who thinks that’s bullshit. After reviewing medical journals with over 40 clinical studies, he concluded that intractable pain was effectively and safely treated with cannabis.

The real credit should go to Ann Mednick, an Illinois resident and sufferer of intractable pain caused by osteoarthritis. She filed a lawsuit in order to legally use cannabis to replace her opioid usage because she desired less side effects.  Thanks Ann!

There are a few conditions on the list of qualifying conditions that result in chronic pain, but intractable pain is defined as debilitating, usually with no cure. Whether or not that is the reason for rejection, Judge Mitchell’s decision will be appealed, according to a spokesperson for the department.

The fight continues.



#WCW-Andrea Unsworth

High and Happy Wednesday Blogees!!

In an industry that is still fresh, growing, and not totally legal, outreach is key.  Finding unique ways to draw new clients is an ever-present and exciting aspect of starting a business in the cannabis industry. It also creates opportunities for multiples businesses and organizations, and today’s #WCW is a shining example.

Andrea Unsworth is the founder of StashTwist, a non-profit delivery service dedicated to providing safe access to cannabis throughout the East Bay Area in California. If she looks familiar, either you keep up with your lady cannabis queens or you recall her from the #WCW post about Supernova Women. She’s the co-founder!


This woman is all about the business of fair employment. Like myself, she believes that the best potential employees for the cannabis industry are ironically those currently imprisoned for cannabis crimes.

“I want people who are felons working for me. Funds specifically need to be appropriated to helping folks that have been convicted, not just for reparations, but to help them write a business plan.”

Her efforts give new meaning to the term “giving back to the community.”  The community IS her business, so advocacy goes hand in hand in hand with her outreach. She hired her own father so he could quit his job as a night security guard. And that’s what it’s all about, creating businesses to help EVERYONE succeed. Now how dope is that??

The Oakland native was featured on “The Profit” hosted by Marcus Lemonis. Yea, MSNBC even knows how big of an impact cannabis businesses are making. Check her out!


Because I prefer to roll my own, this JOINT is dedicated to you, Andrea Unsworth! Queen, your work is making necessary strides, and we thank you!!


“The dopest part of my job is my community.” –Andrea Unsworth


More links:

Stashtwist Website

DOPE Magazine Interview

Jeff Sessions…back at it again.

Happy New Year Blogees!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and I hope you are staying warm too! I want to hear all about it, especially those hilarious weed conversations with the relatives. But in the meantime, 2018 is already trying to kick our asses.

Earlier today, attorney general Jeff Sessions released a one page memo basically taking a seagull crap all over Obama’s 2013 policy. You know, the one that says the federal government won’t interfere with states in the legalization of pot as long as the state is abiding by federal law.  Which is why 29 states have some policy of legal cannabis but it’s illegal to consume cannabis while driving in every state.  That flexibility left the decision of legalization and enforcement policy up to the state, NOT the federal government.

Yea, Sessions wants like, none of that.

In his one page love letter, he’s suggesting that if states don’t want federal interference, they shouldn’t legalize. Furthermore, he wants marijuana labeled as a dangerous, Schedule 1 drug that has no medicinal uses. “It’s not so much the attorney general’s job to decide what laws to enforce,” Sessions said. “We should do our job and enforce laws effectively as we’re able.” Uh well yea, Sessions. But you’re trying to change the category and federal integration of cannabis SO you can enforce such laws “effectively.”

he directed “all U.S. Attorneys to use previously established prosecutorial principles that provide them all the necessary tools to disrupt criminal organizations, tackle the growing drug crisis, and thwart violent crime across our country.”

Is there an empty stadium available, so this man can have several seats?

So what does this all mean for us? That U.S. attorneys can go on ahead and enforce federal level laws against cannabis states, legal ones included.

What does that mean for me? More mass incarcerations. More people of color getting arrested. More. Steps. Back.

You can thank your president, by the way. Happy New Year!


#WCW-Dr. Rachel Knox, MD, MBA


Highdey Ho!!

I hope you all are having an awesome holiday season. I have been doing absolutely nothing! But I could not let 2017 end without gracing your screens with another great feature for #WomenInCannabisWednesday! Excited is an understatement for how I’m feeling about this #WCW!

Dr. Rachel Knox, MD, MBA is the co-founder, cannabis physician, and specialist for The American Cannabinoids Clinics, located in Oregon. According to (GREAT website, by the way), she counsels over 500 patients throughout the pacific northwest region and California.


Dr. Knox received her Bachelor’s from Duke University and her Master’s in medicine and business from Tufts University in 2012. To name all her positions would take another blog, but I must include co-founder of the family practice, Doctors Knox, that focuses on wellness. According to LinkedIn, the wellness company has a mission to educate, inspire and motivate patients, family and friends to become the experts and directors of their own health. Now how dope is that??

Check out this YouTube from Dr. Knox covering the treatment of cancer with cannabis!


Dr. Knox is dedicated to presenting her community with health alternatives to better people’s state of mind, body, and soul. Through her advocacy and contributions, she is helping to bridge the gap between minorities and cannabis education and resources.

Speaking of advocacy, I learned about Dr. Knox from the Minority Cannabis Business Association, of which she is a board member. Additionally, she is Commissioner and Vice Chair of the Oregon Cannabis Commission!

Dr. Rachel Knox, thank you! Let’s all honor her by supporting our local and state cannabis associations, the MCBA, advocacy groups, and minority cannabis businesses. Start with education, end with action!


Cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally for centuries. It has been shown to be effective in treating a wide range of symptoms and conditions.” –American Nurses Association


#WCW-Hope Wiseman

Hay hay hay blogees!

You already know what today is. You already know I’m hyped. You already know I’m twerking while I type this. Oh you don’t know? Let me remind you…

It’s Women in Cannabis Wednesday, and like every other week I’ve got a good one for you!

Meet Hope Wiseman, the YOUNGEST BLACK WOMAN DISPENSARY OWNER IN THE COUNTRY!  Listen, this woman is only 25 and opened one of the first dispensaries in Prince Georg’s county, MD. Tuh, when I was 25 I was finishing up probation for my minor cannabis arrest and disappointing my parents. See how far we’ve come lol?

You’re going to hear about Ms. Wiseman soon, cannabis or not. She’s a cast member on the upcoming E! reality series, Wags Atlanta.  So let’s make sure you know about her before labeling her as JUST a reality star.

The Spelman grad has an extensive background in investment banking, and saw how the war on drugs effected her community (like many people of color). She left her position as a sales analyst for SunTrust bank to focus more on her cannabiz goals. She co-founded Compassionate Herbal Alternative with her business partners, Dr. Octavia Simkins-Wiseman (her mommy!) and Dr. Larry Bryant.  A cannabiz with you mom? HA! My mom is just now learning why everyone seems to love empty cigars lol I love still love her.

Anywhoo, Wiseman and her partners will be having a soft opening of their new dispensary, Mary and Main, later THIS month! I’ve got to get some friends in Maryland, a trip is so necessary! Until then, I’m so excited to see more awesome women doing phenomenal things in the cannabis industry. A fitting name for a true #WCW, thank you Hope!!


More links about Lady Wiseman:

Mary and Main

HBCU Digest

Compassionate Herbal Alternative



“It’s extremely crucial that we as millennials take serious the role that cannabis has in potentially bettering America’s economy. We will be the ones maintaining and improving the world we live in and using my platform to raise awareness among my peers and community is exactly what I plan to do.” –Hope Wiseman


Legalization is Bleak with a Governor That’s Weak

“I do not support legalizing marijuana. I think that’s a mistake. You know there’s a massive, human experiment going on in Colorado, and California, other places. We should see how that’s impacted lives and addiction and hurt young people before we make any decision about it here…I do not support legalizing marijuana.”                                                     –Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner


Pardon my language, but


It’s like the man kinda loves us, kinda loves us not lol. Stop toying with our emotions Bruce!!

Bruce Rauner decided to get all up in his feelings about ending cannabis prohibition in an interview for WSIL-TV in Marion. The governor has been saying that he wants to see data of the demographic ramifications of cannabis use from states that are legal.  Although he has never given the full thumbs up on legalization, he has mentioned at least considering a bill if presented with one. Now he’s not looking so flexible, and that is going to present a huge problem for us patients and advocates.

According to a Chicago Sun-Times article, Senator Daniel Bliss and J.B. Pritzker support legalization, and if either wins the gubernatorial election (fancy word for the senate election) then there’s a very good chance Illinois will get legalized recreationally.

Rauner may not support total legalization, but he approved decriminalization and established the current medical marijuana pilot program. So hey, whether or not his support is needed, he is a shining example of why the fight never ends.

Voting is necessary for change, and Illinois is one of only 14 states where there is no limit for a senatorial term. If we don’t get Rauner out of office, we may be fighting an already uphill battle for longer than we thought.

Start writing letters now! Start telling your family and friends now! Get the stick out of Rauner’s butt! Oh, and don’t forget November 6, 2018. That’s when we go vote for a new, cannabis supporting governor!


More articles:

Chicago Sun-Times

High Times

OIA News