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Alex and Donnell talk with John Wordin, founder of No Vet Alone, an organization that supports veterans dealing with mental health issues. Wordin tells us how his history as a professional cycler led him to No Vet Alone and how cannabis plays a role in his organization. Wordin has partnered with Mario Guzman (Sherbinski) to identify which strains help specific mental health issues. No Vet Alone claims that 62% of current participants have reduced or eliminated prescription drug use.
Despite still disappointing tax revenue, there are signs California's largest in the world legal REC market has begun to gain traction.
Industry figures expressed mixed feelings about the still-young tenure of Gov. Gavin Newsom. “This is not the administration that we necessarily expected,” said Josh Drayton of the California Cannabis Industry Association.
It could be worse. In Oregon, tons of legal weed is rotting in garbage bags.
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A study from the Pew Charitable Trusts found it remains very difficult to predict cannabis tax revenue. The biggest obstacle is lack of data: Analysts have at best a few years of receipts on which to base their forecasts.
Illinois health officials say an individual has died of vaping-related pulmonary disease, the first fatality in an escalating crisis. Approximately 200 cases of vaping related illness, of varying severity, have been identified nationwide.
All that's known about the deceased is they were an Illinois adult who had a respiratory condition caused by or related to vaping.
"It’s unclear what the actual danger is. Is it some byproduct of the nicotine cartidges, or THC ones? Is it the vapor itself? Is it only at certain temperatures or concentrations? Is it directly affecting the lungs or entering the bloodstream? No one knows yet — all they’ve seen is an sudden uptick in respiratory or pulmonary issues where the sufferer also uses vaping products."
A chemical found in the cannabis plant has "significant therapy potential" for treating pancreatic cancer, according to a study in mice at Harvard's Dana Farber Cancer Center. The chemical FBL-03G is a derivative of a flavonoid, which are found in cannabis and other plants.
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A fascinating story in Politico recounts a series of eerily similar burglaries at Seattle-area grow sites:
"The robbers showed an uncanny sense of timing, striking just as the growers had amassed inventories of cut, cured, ready-to-sell product worth thousands, even tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"The growers began posting news of the heists on Instagram, swapping conjectures as to how the burglars knew where and when to strike. Two hypotheses emerged. The first: that an employee at a retail pot shop was either involved in the break-ins or telling the burglars whom to hit.
"But as the burglaries continued, the growers came to suspect that the criminals had found another way of getting the information they needed to target vulnerable businesses offering big payoffs..."
Washington state has some of the most liberal cannabis disclosure laws and some suspect the thieves plot their targets based on data which is publicly available, either on purpose or inadvertantly.
Possible Plan, a new non-profit which aims to support those hurt by cannabis prohibition, launched with an ad in the New York Times Magazine. It appeared in the 1619 Project issue dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the first slaves' arrival in America.
Journalist Mike Sager's parents let him smoke pot, and he let his teenage son smoke pot:
Like my own parents, when it came to my son's marijuana use — speaking now ten years later, well beyond the statute of limitations — I made what most parents would probably consider an unusual call.
Quite unlike my folks, Bev and Marv, I had more than 30 years of personal experience smoking marijuana. And there is no disputing the fact that I have thus far led a successful life and career. At the end of the day, that's been the most important thing. Stoned or not, nobody can ever say I didn't conduct myself with care.
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