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Black Owned Cannabis Business You Should Know About!

As the number of states legalizing marijuana steadily increases, African Americans are slowly but surely carving out their own space within the billion dollar industry. Since Blacks have been disproportionately criminalized for marijuana possession for decades, it’s refreshing to see more take hold of the industry and claim it. These Black entrepreneurs are at the forefront of that movement.

Apothecary Brands


Apothcary provides discreet, high end luxury accessories to elevate your cannabis experience.
Location: Online
Owner: Whitney Beatty

ART420


ART420 is a Cannabis Inspired Art Show celebrating the artistic expression of the Cannabis Culture.
Owner: Erik Range

Budding Solutions


Budding Solutions is a boutique cannabis consulting firm based in Baltimore, MD providing consulting and management services to startups and established organizations in the Cannabis Industry.
Owner: Shanita Penny

The Canna MDs


The Canna MDs is a family-owned business specializing in the use of Cannabis Therapeutics for their patients. They’ve counseled several thousands of patients in using cannabis therapies to promote and restore health, wellbeing, and function.
Owners: Dr. Rachel Knox & Dr. Jessica Knox

Comfy Tree


ComfyTree provides cannabis training, consulting, and resources on how to enter and operate within the cannabis industry.
Owners: Tiffany Bowden

District Growers


District Growers is a close-knit, local business providing the highest quality cannabis products on the market. The company is also a registered medical cannabis cultivator..
Owner: Corey Barnette
Location: Washington D.C.

 

RELATEDMeet the First Black Woman to Own a Marijuana Dispensary in Colorado

EstroHaze


EstroHaze is a multi-media platform that provides cannabis business, lifestyle, and career resources tailored to women of color.
Owners: Safon Floyd, Kali Wilder and Sirita Wright
Location: Online

The Hollingsworth Cannabis Company


The Hollingsworth Cannabis Co is a family owned and operated Tier III producer and processor. At their Seattle company you can find quality cannabis hand-packed to order.
Location: Seattle, WA
Owner: Raft Hollingsworth

Marijuana Investment & Private Retreat


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MIPR Holdings is a cannabis-related consulting services company focusing on the development and growth of businesses seeking to tap into the marijuana space. Their overall vision is to educate communities most effected by the “War on Drugs” and empower them to get involved in the cannabis industry whether as business owners, or as investors with the intent of creating generational wealth.
Owner: Khadijah and Charles Adams
Location: Aurora, Colorado

Minority Cannabis Business Association


The Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is the first non-profit organization created to progress the cannabis industry by increasing diversity.
Co-Founders: Jesce Horton and Tiffany Bowden

Minorities For Medical Marijuana


Minorities for Medical Marijuana is an organization providing education, marketing and more to minority communities on cannabis public policy, business, healthcare access, and social impact.
Owner: Roz McCarthy
Headquarters: Orlando, FL

Panacea Valley Gardens


Panacea Valley Gardens is a family-owned cultivation facility dedicated to growing clean, consistent, high-quality cannabis in Oregon, from concentrates to edibles.
Location: Portland, OR
Owner: Jesce Horton

Simply Pure

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Simply Pure is the first Black woman-owned dispensary in Denver, CO that offers customers high quality, organically grown and cured cannabis (concentrates, medicinal CBD oils, and edibles from marijuana infused jams and granola bars). Co-owner Wanda James also left us with so many gems during our interview with her. Read that HERE.
Owners: Wanda James & Scott Durrah
Location: Denver, CO

StashTwist


StashTwist is a Black woman-operated,non-profit cannabis collective in the East Bay providing safe access to high-quality medical cannabis and cannabis products. They offer select edibles, oils, loose-leaf herb, tinctures, vape pens, topicals, and everything in between.
Owner: Andrea Unsworth

Supernova Women


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Supernova Women is an organization that offers networking for women of color interested in entering the cannabis industry.
Co-Owners: Andrea Unsworth, Amber Senter, Sunshine Lencho, Nina Parks
Location: Online

Viola Extracts


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Viola is a Denver-based cannabis extraction company dedicated to providing the purest concentrates for an elevated experience.
Owner: Dan Pettigrew
Location: Denver, CO

The Weed Show


The Weed Show is a daily series hosted by Charlo Greene. You may remember her as the Alaskan news anchor who quit while live on air with the now infamous words “Fuck It, I Quit.” share the most useful, interesting and entertaining information about weed that you can use to live your best life.
Owner: Charlo Greene
Location: Online

For more Black-owned businesses, check out our directory of over 2,500 Black-owned businesses HERE.

Source – OfficialBlackWallStreet 

Jamaica Ease up Laws on Marijuana

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Marijuana has been pervasive but illegal in Jamaica for decades, consumed as a medicinal herb, puffed as a sacrament by Rastafarians and sung about in the island’s famed reggae music.

After many years of dialogue about the culturally entrenched drug, and emboldened by changes to drug laws in U.S. states, Jamaica’s Parliament on Tuesday night gave final approval to an act decriminalizing small amounts of pot and establishing a licensing agency to regulate a lawful medical marijuana industry.

The historic amendments pave the way for a “cannabis licensing authority” to be established to deal with regulating the cultivation and distribution of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes. Both houses of Jamaica’s legislature have approved the legislation.

And in a victory for religious freedom, adherents of the homegrown Rastafari spiritual movement can now freely use marijuana for sacramental purposes for the first time on the tropical island.

The law makes possession of up to 2 ounces of marijuana a petty offense that could result in a ticket but not in a criminal record. Cultivation of five or fewer plants on any premises would be permitted.

Tourists who are prescribed medical marijuana abroad will soon be able to apply for permits authorizing them to legally buy small amounts of Jamaican weed, or “ganja” as it is known locally.

Peter Bunting, the island’s national security minister, said the legislation does not mean Jamaica plans to soften its stance on transnational drug trafficking or cultivation of illegal plots. Jamaica has long been considered the Caribbean’s largest supplier of pot to the U.S. and regional islands.

“The passage of this legislation does not create a free-for-all in the growing, transporting, dealing or exporting of ganja. The security forces will continue to rigorously enforce Jamaican law consistent with our international treaty obligations,” Bunting said in Parliament.

William Brownfield, the U.S. assistant secretary for counter-narcotics affairs, told The Associated Press days before the vote that “Jamaican law is of course Jamaica’s own business, and Jamaica’s sovereign decision.” But he noted that the trafficking of marijuana into the U.S. remains against the law.

“We expect that Jamaica and all states party to the U.N. Drug Conventions will uphold their obligations, including a firm commitment to combating and dismantling criminal organizations involved in drug trafficking,” he told AP in an email.

Debate has long raged in Jamaica over relaxing laws prohibiting ganja but previous calls to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana fizzled out because officials feared they would bring sanctions from Washington.

Jamaican officials now have high hopes that the island can become a player in the nascent medical marijuana industry, health tourism and the development of innovative pot-derived items. Local scientists already have a history of creating marijuana-derived products, such as “Canasol,” which helps relieve pressure in the eyes of glaucoma patients.

Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton said the cannabis industry holds “great potential” for Jamaica, where marijuana has long been grown illegally on mountainsides and marshes.

The move by Jamaican lawmakers adds to an international trend of easing restrictions on marijuana for medical or personal use. More than 20 U.S. states allow some form of medical marijuana and last year Colorado and Washington legalized personal use. On Tuesday, Alaska became the third U.S. state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults.

In the Americas, Uruguay last year became the first nation to create a legal marijuana market. In Argentina, personal possession of marijuana was decriminalized under a 2009 Supreme Court ruling that jail time for small amounts of drugs violates the country’s constitution. A law in Chile permits use of medical marijuana.

Details of Jamaica’s licensing authority and its hoped-for medical marijuana sector will need to be refined in coming months. But for now, Jamaican cannabis crusaders applauded the amendments.

“This is a big step in the right direction, but there’s still a lot of work to do,” said Delano Seiveright, director of the Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Taskforce.

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New Species of Cannabis Discovered

It was thought that Cannabis sativa, indica and ruderalis were the only three species of cannabis that existed, but in 2010 hikers in Australia’s Blue Mountains came across a single plant that resembled cannabis, and donated it to researchers at the University of Sydney. Through a battery of tests, it was confirmed the plant was indeed a new species of cannabis, never before seen.

Researchers were hesitant at first. “When we first received the plant we were very skeptical about its relation to cannabis. It has somewhat similar growth structure but the leaves look nothing like cannabis leaves,” said researcher Christopher Pool in an interview with Discovery News.

While researchers think the most likely explanation for the new strain’s existence is from humans bringing over hemp seeds 50,000 years ago when the continent was first populated, it is also possible that Australia’s continental drift away from the rest of the world led to its creation. This has beentheorized regarding other unique Australian species.

The University of Sydney only has one specimen, and it’s offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who can bring researchers another one. According to Pool, “The only problem is that we don’t have any seeds, we only have one plant. We’ve exhausted our funding trying to find another like it.”

HIGH TIMES is reaching out to the University of Sydney to get more information on the new strain. We will follow up with pictures and more information on this fascinating discovery when we can.

Source – HighTimes

Is THC the key to get in y-our dreams?

Marijuana affects dreams. Stoners say they don’t have dreams but if they stop smoking for a few days, they are flooded with dreams. Is there any psychological research supporting this?”

I can vouch for this fact. Once I stop smoking its a lucid paradise for the first 5 nights ….. any longer than that I feel like i’m living more of a life in my dreams then I am in physical reality and that did become scary/draining for me. I did not want to go to sleep because I just knew I was in for a very intense adventure. Honestly this is one of the reason I decided to begin smoking weed again, I was overwhelmed at the very detailed memories I was bringing back from dream experiences. I was literally running from the police after a prison break for 2 days IN A DREAM … 2 full days in a dream,  I will tell that story later. 

Sleep and wakefulness are both parts of a normal daily rhythm. Fish, cats, humans, and many other living things have daily cycles of activity and rest. This daily cycle is called a circadian rhythm. “Circadian” comes from the Latin root “circa dies” and means “about a day.” Both external and internal events can influence circadian rhythms. Morning light and alarm clocks trigger wakefulness. When isolated from normal time cues, the daily human cycle is about 24 hours, hence “circa dies.”

“Though sleep seems like a passive state to us, the brain is still very active. In fact, the EEG of a person falling asleep shows five stages of sleep: Stages 1 through 4 and a stage called rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Each stage is progressively deeper and the complete cycle is repeated several times during the night. When awakened during REM sleep, subjects report dreaming. So if dreams take place during REM sleep, the question for us is: Does smoking marijuana interrupt REM sleep?”

“To address this question, Feinberg, et al. (1975) compared the sleep patterns of experienced marijuana users on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and a placebo. Feinberg, et al. (1975) reported reduced eye movement activity and less REM sleep in the THC condition. They also reported a REM rebound effect, that is more REM activity, on withdrawal from THC. So,there exists some scientific evidence that marijuana interferes with REM sleep.”

Could this be the way to induce dreaming/ REM activity … begin to take thc then go cold turkey?  Hmmmm 

If sleep is fascinating, dreaming is even more so. No one knows for sure the meaning or function of night-time dreams, but there is plenty of speculation. Freud believed dreams represented the royal road to theunconscious. They told us our secret desires and fears.

Read Full Article at Psychology Today