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Veterans Gather For Cannabis PTSD Treatment Awareness

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

ptsd marijuana cannabisMagicalButter and the Weed for Warriors Project kick off the 2nd Annual Cannaball Run for Vets for cannabis Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment to highlight the mounting evidence surrounding the issue of PTSD.  The cross country education and awareness campaign will begin on October 17th in Los Angeles, California and stop along seven major U.S. cities as it heads toward the Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C., for the culminating Veteran’s Day event on November 11th.

“MagicalButter embraces the use of cannabis as a treatment for debilitating ailments such as PTSD,” explained Garyn Angel, CEO of MagicalButter. “Our vets deserve alternatives to the narcotics that are currently being prescribed. We partnered with the veterans for the second annual Cannaball Run to make a difference. More troops have been lost to suicide than combat…and this must change now!”

The 2015 Cannaball Run for Vets is in support of Veteran’s Treating War Trauma with Cannabis Stops include Los Angeles, CA (10/17); Denver, CO (10/24); Phoenix, AZ (10/26); Nashville, TN (10/30); Atlanta, GA (11/5); Charottesville, VA (11/6-11/8); Philadelphia, PA (11/9); and Washington, D.C. (11/11).   America’s veterans are seeking an alternative path away from harmful narcotics being prescribed to them that lead to addiction and suicidal tendencies.  They are requesting for the VA to allow cannabis therapy as an option for treatment.  On Veterans Day, at the Washington D.C. run, veterans plan to join in an emotional march–carrying their empty pill bottles to the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, symbolizing their immeasurable suffering with pain-killer addiction from failed PTSD treatment. Through the events of the Cannaball Run, veterans and their supporters aim to advocate for the recognition of cannabis as an approved PTSD treatment alternative to dangerous narcotics.

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Riders of the Stoned: Senate Considers Illusionary Repeal of Prohibition

Category: News | Posted on Mon, October, 12th 2015 by THCFinder

A series of federal spending bills were introduced last week by the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Thad Cochran, which include riders aimed at preventing the government from paying U.S. drug enforcers to unleash their wrath against states that have legalized the leaf. However, while the submission of these bills suggests that some folks on Capitol Hill are looking out for the cannabis industry, the reality is that the provisions contained in these documents are likely worthless.

One of the proposed budget restrictions filed by Senator Cochran is essentially regurgitated from a 2014 budget plan that was supposed to prevent the federal government from interfering with states that have legalized medical marijuana. A section of Senate Bill 2131 indicates that it would stop the U.S. Department of Justice from spending tax dollars to bring the heat down on states that have established medical marijuana programs, while another keeps them from sending in the Drug Enforcement Administration to tear down industrial hemp programs.

Both sections of the proposal are attempts to put into action a concrete policy to ensure the Obama Administration keeps true to its word, as outlined in the 2014 Cole memorandum suggesting the DOJ will stay out of the way of states deciding to legalize weed. But the rider must be renewed this year before even a semblance of protection can be maintained.

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Balancing Advocacy and Business

Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, October, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

cannabis-balancingThe cannabis industry serves so many different types of people, it was almost a given that this community would begin to polarize. We are seeing this divide now as more pro-cannabis campaigns ramp up nationwide.


There are some activists who believe that “no regulation is the best regulation,” and likewise there are a few businesspeople who would sacrifice all humanistic elements of this legacy industry in order to turn a profit. Neither are helping the movement, and luckily, both are rare.


Steering clear of the extreme ends of the spectrum is incredibly important in this industry, and being aware of and constantly reevaluating your company culture and messaging can help you avoid falling to one end of the spectrum or the other.


In this space, the vast majority of us are advocates to some degree. While not all of us consume cannabis, typically we all share similar beliefs that cannabis should be legalized, and similar aspirations that one day the negative stigma of the plant will be but a distant memory. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, here are some tips for balancing cannabis advocacy with your business model:


  • Decide who your target audience is, and how you want them to perceive you. As more states propose and implement legalization measures, this industry is slowly becoming fragmented into recreational vs. medical proponents, and some that fall in between. If you’re in financial services, clients may not be interested in hearing about any direct involvement with medical marijuana - and depending on the regulations in your state, it could even hurt you. On the other hand, pandering too much to the medical marijuana community may come off as inauthentic unless you can back it up with some solid philanthropy and a cooperative business model. Claiming to have policy influence and expertise will definitely backfire at some point, unless you’ve got a full-time employee poring over policy in all 50 states. When acting as an advocate, stick to what you know and do best, while keeping an open mind to helping others in the industry do the same.

  • Think globally, act locally. If you do choose to take an activist stance (or at least support activism in the industry), decide exactly how you want to help and always keep a focused scope on your goal. Is your interest in expanding safe patient access in the United States? Get involved with your local chapter of ASA, NORML or other patients’ rights groups, attend their meetings and stay networked. More interested in bringing cannabis to a foreign market? Sponsor an international conference in that country or region, while inviting other companies or individuals in your area to join you on the trip. Is your goal to change drug laws worldwide? Start locally to build momentum and show that you understand the various power structures involved in drug policy.

  • Get the word out. Sometimes, simply participating and showing your solidarity with a movement is the best thing you can do as an advocate. If your goal is to make an impact on pediatric patients, hold a benefit or fundraiser for the family of a child who needs medical marijuana treatment. More interested in pushing policy forward? Host an official campaign fundraiser gala, or plan a company-wide day off to assist with get out the vote (GOTV) efforts. Cashinbis donates to an organization called CannaEffect - they have a similar mission to ours, only instead of sharing stories of entrepreneurs and innovative businesses, they share the true stories of medical marijuana patients and advocates nationwide, getting them the attention they deserve for their cause.

Advocacy can open many doors in the business world, if done correctly. When you take a sincere position on cannabis, and work collaboratively to make your vision a reality, others in the industry will see that and want to network with you. Cannabis is a plant that naturally connects people - follow its lead to success!


Fire Away!

Category: Fun | Posted on Sun, October, 11th 2015 by THCFinder


Alaska Marijuana Control Board To Hear Testimony Next Thursday And Friday

Category: News | Posted on Sun, October, 11th 2015 by THCFinder

alaska marijuana legalizationI received the following action alert:

Dear Johnny:

Next week, the Marijuana Control Board will hear public comments on all rules it has proposed this year. If you haven’t already, we urge supporters to review the latest draft. If you would like to speak with members of the board, consider attending and making your voice heard.

Legislative Information Offices around the state will open on Thursday, October 15 or Friday, October 16, depending on the location. Click here to see the specific day and time the board will hear from residents in your area. These hearings are for those who wish to speak directly to board members. Written comments may be submitted until November 11.

While as a whole the rules are fair, there are several areas of concern, including provisions:

— Inadvertently banning marijuana-infused edibles, which are clearly allowed by Measure 2;
–Enabling local governments to ban businesses by filing a “protest” with the board, contrary to Measure 2’s limitations; and
–Failing to provide a deadline — or clear standards — for the board while it decides whether to allow marijuana-infused products.

The board plans to finalize its rules on November 20. This round of review is your last chance to make your voice heard on them. The application process for businesses that serve adults 21 and over is expected to begin in early 2016.

Please pass this message to friends, family, and supporters in Alaska!




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