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Italian Supreme Court Verifies Personal Cannabis Cultivation Is Legal

In an under-cover-of-darkness decision, the Italian Supreme Court made a clarification about Italian cannabis laws that verified it was not illegal for residents to grow their own cannabis for personal use. But how has this decision changed things? On December 19th the Italian Court of Cassation, called on by the Supreme Court to interpret a […]

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In an under-cover-of-darkness decision, the Italian Supreme Court made a clarification about Italian cannabis laws that verified it was not illegal for residents to grow their own cannabis for personal use. But how has this decision changed things?

On December 19th the Italian Court of Cassation, called on by the Supreme Court to interpret a long argued over provision of the Consolidated Law – the legal framework for dealing with drugs in Italy, gave a final interpretation of the law that stated personal cultivation of cannabis in small amounts is legal.

More interesting than this fact, is the fact that this decision, which should have made front page news, didn’t get reported on for an entire week. Why? Well, it could be because of the impending political storm that blew up once the news was finally released.

Italian drug laws

In Italy, though drug use is not specifically mentioned, the possession of it is, with personal possession being punishable by small administrative penalties like a suspended driver’s license, or passport. Since 2014, the law has provided for a distinction between harder drugs (schedules 1 & 3), and softer drugs (schedules 2 & 4). Personal possession of softer drugs incurs administrative punishments of 1-3 months, while for harder drugs the penalty is 2-12 months. First time offenders are rarely subjected to these sanctions. There is no set limit for what counts as personal possession vs drug trafficking, and each case is at the discretion of law enforcement officials.

Medical marijuana was legalized in 2013, but requires a doctor’s prescription.

Cultivation, sale, and transport of drugs is also punishable according to the same system of harder (or more dangerous) drugs vs softer (or less dangerous) drugs. Supply-related crimes for harder drugs can lead to 8-22 years in prison, while for softer drugs (like cannabis) it’s 2-6. For minor offences related to either drug grouping, imprisonment can be 6 months–4 years.

The Consolidated Law of 1990 illegalized the cultivation and sale of cannabis, however, over the years as different legal cases have come through the system generating contrary decisions on the topic, it was finally brought before the Supreme Court – and subsequently the Court of Cassation – to make a designation about the meaning of the law. The case that forced the decision was based on an offender who was caught with two cannabis plants. As stated, the court returned a decision that in the case of the cultivation of small amounts of narcotic drugs for personal use, it is, in fact, not illegal.

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Why under-cover-of-darkness?

The news of the ruling was released in a very peculiar way in that it wasn’t released at all right away. The news didn’t break until after Christmas, and was not reported on until then. When the story broke on the 26th – a full week after the decision – it started quite a storm with advocates pushing for legalization, and opposers lining up to find ways to tear it down.

Opposition to the clarification could be felt by Maurio Gasparri, a Forza Italia senator who vowed that if the center-right coalition with the League gained power, that the first order of business would be repealing the verdict. Perhaps delaying the verdict in the news was meant to push off this whole debacle so that the country could have a nice Christmas before going at each other’s throats again.

Cannabis light

A 2016 update to the Consolidated Law for the cultivation and regulation of hemp, meant to rev up the once abundant hemp growing industry, had another interesting effect, the increased smoking of low-THC cannabis. According to Italian law, via the EU, hemp strains and cannabis products can contain up to .2% THC and still be legal. This applies to growing hemp plants as well as buying products like CBD oil. The update to the law started a whole new fad in Italy called ‘cannabis light’.

Cannabis light is hemp. According to the legal update, the law does not actually permit consumption, with the outward idea pushed that it can be bought as a collector’s item. This is really just a joke though, and smoking these low-THC strains has taken off since the law, as of 2016, permits the legal sale of it in stores. This, of course, has drawn the ire of politicians like Gasparri and now-former Minister of the Interior, and current senator, Matteo Salvini who has sworn to have cannabis light taken out of stores.

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A new cannabis light?

Right around the same time that the Supreme Court made its clarification on the personal cultivation of small amounts of narcotic drugs, the Italian parliament voted to legalize a slightly stronger form of cannabis light that contains up to .5% THC, even despite Salvini putting up quite a fight against it. This broke with the EU standard of plants and products not containing more than .2% THC, though Italy isn’t the first EU or EU-related country to do so.

The amendment to the 2020 budget which housed this legalization provision was offered by Five Star Movement senator Matteo Mantero. However, only days later it was ruled inadmissible by Elisabetta Casellati, the president of the senate, and member of center-right party Forza which is allied with outspoken cannabis illegalization advocate Salvini and his party, the League.

The Five Star Movement currently heads parliament in a coalition with the center-left Democratic party, a union that has done much to cut out Salvini, and which raises the question of whether this last minute change on ‘technical grounds’ by Casellati was possibly an orchestrated ambush on a law that Salvini never wanted passed.

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The Five Star Movement

The Five Star Movement is an interesting party. An anti-establishment party started in 2009 as an opposition to standard politics, beginning at a time when the Eurozone was experiencing a financial crisis, it definitely seems to have struck a chord with the Italian people. It wasn’t until 2013 that the party first showed up publicly in the Italian national elections, winning second place.

By 2018 the party won the most seats, but at 222, not enough to win a legal majority. The Five Star Movement has been considered many things, like: populist, environmentalist, anti-establishment, anti-globalist, Eurosceptic, and pro-cannabis legalization. As the movement has now gained a large amount of popularity, and holds a majority of seats in parliament (even if not an outright majority), the ability to push cannabis legalization efforts further is more likely.

Into the future

It should always be remembered, however, that political situations can quickly change. Earlier this year, Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio resigned due to tensions in the party, and was replaced by Vito Crimi, with expected supporter numbers dropping by half. Since midway through December, the party has lost an education minister, and six senators for various reasons.

These kinds of party shake-ups don’t convey the idea of peace and calm within a party, and the tensions therein have already gotten to a boiling point. While the Five Star Movement is a great bet for cannabis legalization in Italy, it’s quite possible that the whole thing will fall apart before getting to the finish line.

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Conclusion

As of right now, the Supreme Court clarification stands and Italians are free to grow their own weed for personal use. Whether opposition parties will find a way to reverse it remains to be seen, as does any future legalization of higher THC flowers and products.

It’s hard to say what will happen in the wake of the Coronavirus, what with the current state Italy is in, trying to re-balance itself and its economy. And while weed legalization might not be the primary topic right now for the country, it’s sure to come up again soon enough.

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Source: https://cbdtesters.co/2020/05/22/italian-supreme-court-verifies-personal-cannabis-cultivation-is-legal/

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Is Cannabis Recession-Proof? We’re About to Find Out.

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As commerce grinds to a halt across many sectors amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s clear we are headed into the first recession of America’s legal marijuana era. In short order, we’re going to find out how regulated cannabis markets and businesses truly fare in times of economic slump.

Much remains unknown at this stage, and it is unclear whether cannabis is fully recession-proof. But having built and managed high-growth businesses in other tightly regulated industries and sustained them through previous economic downturns, I can tell you cannabis has plenty going for it that other sectors do not—and that bodes well for the industry’s trajectory during a downturn.

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This won’t come as a surprise, but it’s worth repeating: People like cannabis—a lot. Legal cannabis sales have skyrocketed over the past five years and are projected to increase to $75 billion over the next decade. That’s a lot of weed.

There’s no reason to think an economic downturn—even an unprecedented, pandemic-induced recession like this—will negate the ever-increasing demand for cannabis.

Consumers across America were quick to stock up on cannabis products as states and cities began moving to shut down nonessential services, with dispensaries in states like California reporting record sales in March and April. It turned out stockpiling was unnecessary, as state after state deemed cannabis sales in legal dispensaries an essential service for consumers. In fact, more than a dozen states mandated that, similar to pharmacies, dispensaries should remain open amid the broader closure of retail establishments.

To be sure, the industry will be impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, but demand should remain steady. We may even see a continuing surge. A recent Pew study found almost 50 percent of consumers use cannabis to relieve anxiety. Cannabis can’t change the spread of the virus, but it can provide palliative relief in a stressful world.

Even if recreational sales were to slow or stop during this pandemic, medical sales likely would remain strong. People need medicine regardless of economic cycles. That’s been clearly demonstrated in states like Massachusetts, where recreational sales have been halted for the time being, but medical marijuana sales remain in place.

This won’t come as a surprise, but it’s worth repeating: People like cannabis—a lot.

It is possible medical sales may even rise in the near term, as consumers who have been procuring cannabis through the recreational system shift over to the medical system. Portland, Oregon, for example, is allowing medical cannabis businesses to continue operations regardless of payment issues or license expirations.

Cannabis is still an exciting new industry, filled with untapped opportunity and boundless potential. An economic recession won’t change that growth trajectory. Think about it: The United States hasn’t even passed federal legalization yet.

This industry is just getting started.

That said, what we are likely to see during this pandemic is the expedited demise of insolvent and poorly run cannabis companies, as supply-chain issues and other extenuating circumstances disrupt business as usual—and with no federal assistance available for the cannabis industry, the problem will be compounded.

But well-run companies that are protecting employees and customers from illness, along with having rock-solid standard operating procedures and plans for supply-chain management challenges, should fare well enough even in a recession—provided they have ample cash to cover payroll and expenses.

It is critical state governments and municipalities recognize a prime source of tax revenue must be supported from within if the multibillion-dollar federal bailout measure can’t be accessed by cannabis businesses. At first blush, it appears very little, if any, of the funds from the federal stimulus package will be used to help the cannabis industry. This must change. More than 200,000 people work in the industry, and federal and state governments must protect that workforce—to say nothing of the tax stream—from disruption.

In this environment, companies that can continue to deliver what they promise, and do it on time, are primed for success. If we do see some companies start to fold, particularly those in the cultivation category, wholesale flower prices may rise. In a scenario where demand begins to outstrip supply, well-prepared cultivators, in particular, could see a meaningful increase in profits as the pandemic plays out.

Above all, the companies that do the best during the months ahead will be the ones that continue operating with integrity amid the chaos and uncertainty. Companies that do right by their employees, customers, and partners—the ones with a strong culture and strong values—those are the ones that will thrive.


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Steve Gutterman is chief executive officer at General Cannabis Corp., a publicly traded company that focuses on acquiring licensed cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, and retail assets in mature markets. He has held senior roles with Harvest Health & Recreation, one of the nation’s largest multistate cannabis operators; Mobile Accord; and E*TRADE.

Source: https://mgretailer.com/business/finance-acquisitions/is-cannabis-recession-proof-were-about-to-find-out/

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Louisiana OKs medical marijuana reform, but minimal market boost seen

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Louisiana lawmakers passed two medical cannabis expansion bills on Sunday, but it’s uncertain whether the reforms will be enough to ensure the business viability of the small, heavily regulated program.

The bills, which are expected to be signed by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards, would:

  • Allow physicians to decide whether to recommend MMJ to patients. Currently, one of 14 qualifying conditions have to be met.
  • Prohibit the state from discouraging or penalizing a state-chartered bank or credit union from providing financial services to a legal cannabis-related business.

Separately, state lawmakers also passed legislation providing legal immunity to physicians who recommend medical marijuana.

Kevin Caldwell, co-president of Sensible Marijuana Policy for Louisiana, praised the bipartisan support of the bill that would give discretion to physicians but that noted many doctors are part of large health groups that don’t allow MMJ to be recommended.

“I think this will help the program, but I can’t see it adding more than another 500 to 1,000 patients before next year,” Caldwell told Marijuana Business Daily on Monday.

He said concerns remain whether there’s enough business for the nine dispensaries in Louisiana to “keep the program afloat.”

The Louisiana MMJ program, which launched in August 2019, has only 1,500 patients consistently buying products, he said, because prices are high and only tinctures and topicals are available.

Marijuana Business Factbook estimated 2019 sales in Louisiana at only $1 million-$1.5 million.

Caldwell’s group focused on a bill that would have eliminated a ban on flower, but the measure didn’t even reach a committee in a legislative session truncated because of the coronavirus crisis.

By contrast, Caldwell noted, neighboring Arkansas, which launched its MMJ program only a few months earlier, allows flower and has more than 55,000 patients, according to state figures.

– Jeff Smith

Source: https://mjbizdaily.com/louisiana-lawmakers-approve-medical-cannabis-reform-bills/

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Star signs and cannabis strains: June 2020 horoscopes

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Well, stargazers, it is officially Gemini season! Because these gregarious Gemini babes rarely like to do things alone, take a page from their book and invite the month of June to bring you some deep connectivity with the ones you love.

Beware though, because Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune all have retrograde periods in the month of June. The retrograde motion is most often associated with negative turmoil, but, with the right attitude and mindset, you can use this backward motion to shake things up in a productive way.

June 20 is also the Summer Solstice, which means the Earth’s energy is at its peak this month. Use the inertia of the Solstice and the warm, Twin vibes to carry you into the summer with a smile on your face and a joint in your hand.  

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Your June Horoscope

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Gemini

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Happy birthday, tenacious Twins! It’s your season to rock and roll. The world is strange at the moment, but you’ve been doing a great job at keeping spirits high and making the most of it. The month of June is shaping up beautifully for you, Gemini.

Even with all of the retrograde this season brings, you’re going to experience some true highs this month, and not just the kind that require rolling papers (though those will be great too). The full moon is in Sagittarius on June 5 and there will also be an eclipse! Throw yourself a virtual stargazing birthday party. Enjoy the splendors of the night sky with your closest confidants.

Mercury, your ruling planet, is in direct motion from June 1-18. Use this calm before the storm to recharge your emotional battery. You have a tendency to overextend yourself emotionally, so take a breather. Light up a celebratory joint (or four) and be willing to take some alone time this month.

The Summer Solstice on June 20 will bring a lot of energy and usher in Cancer season. Mercury also goes retrograde around this period, so things might get a little dicey when it comes to money and friendship. Just channel the introvert buried deep inside of you, tuck into a good book, and ride out the rest of June fully charged and ready for an amazing summer.

June strain

Your energy levels are notorious, Gemini. You also worry about disappointing your favorite people when your emotional reserves run low. Take a load off, Twins—it’s your party and you can cry (or smoke or eat or laugh) if you want to.

Pack a hefty bowl of Sensi Star and cancel those plans you’ve been spending too much time gearing up for. This strain is subtly cerebral and offers full body effects that consumers report hit fast and strong. Spicy with a hint of citrus, this indica is the perfect birthday treat.

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Cancer

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Crabs, your ruling planet, the moon, experiences a penumbral eclipse in Sagittarius on June 5. Start a new creative endeavor at the beginning of the month and watch it flourish as you approach Cancer season, which begins on June 20.  The retrograde motion of multiple planets this month will throw you for a bit of an emotional loop if you aren’t careful.

June 20 is also the Summer Solstice—a traditionally successful, happy period for you. This year might look a little different at first glance, but your intuition and caring nature won’t fail you this month. Enjoy a little time in the sunlight and spotlight, you’ve earned it.

The new moon is in your house on June 21. Invest in your journaling toward the end of June. What do you have to be grateful for? What relationship needs some mending? How can you be good to yourself this summer? Answer honestly and use this as a map for the rest of your year. Success is right around the corner.

June strain

Summer is here, Crab season is here, everything is looking oh so sweet. Pack a bowl of Mango for some happy, summertime sedation. This indica strain is reported to have heavy-hitting body effects but keeps the mind fresh. Sweet and peppery, this bud is the perfect kickoff to a successful summer.   

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Leo

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Summer is here, Leos! But June brings a bag of surprises with it in the form of multiple, planetary retrogrades. Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto will all experience a backward motion at some point during Gemini season.

On June 3, your ruling planet, the Sun, forms a conjunction with Venus. Venus is also in retrograde during this period, which means your love life could get a little wobbly. Try not to take any big arguments personally in June. Your passion is well known, but so is your stubbornness. Let the little stuff go during Gemini season.

The Summer Solstice is on June 20. Cancer rules the sky, and the year is halfway over. Look for big financial opportunities and wins toward the end of the month. Invest your time and energy into a friend’s project or business. Shine bright, like you always do, and June will be a successful month.   

You’re gonna want to work extra hard at kindness this month, Leo. Go out of your comfort zone and be forgiving and understanding. All this retrograde action will have the people in your inner circle acting … off. But you can be the bigger person and set the tone for how you want to be treated in return.

June strain

Roll up some Mr. Nice (also known as Mr. Nice Guy) to conjure up some good vibes. This indica is known for its strong yet mellow high. Consumers also report that it quickly stimulates hunger.

If you find yourself with a case of the munchies and you can swing it, do an act of kindness by ordering takeout from a local restaurant. Spread the good around this month, Leo.

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Virgo

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The seas are pretty smooth for the first half of the month, Maidens. Your ruling planet, Mercury, is in direct motion until June 18. In fact, things might feel pretty uninspired for a little while. That said, on June 3 Venus forms a sextile with Lilith and this aspect really packs a punch in the romance department. Look out for a seductive first week of the month.

On June 18, Mercury begins its retrograde and you’ll feel the usual tumultuous emotions that come with this particular motion. Fortunately, this should be short lived, and once the new moon arrives in Cancer on June 21, clarity will be yours once again.

With all of the backward motion this month you may feel a little stagnated. You’re one of the most creative signs in the Zodiac, so don’t be afraid to try some unusual tactics to get out of your rut.

June strain

Don’t worry, Maidens. This month may feel a little like a shoe that just doesn’t fit right, but this is a temporary bump in an otherwise smooth, summer road. Try out some Cinderella 99 for balance and peace.

This sativa-dominant strain features a sweet and savory profile that produces a strong head high. Consumers report long-lasting cerebral effects that will take you right to that creative headspace you’ve been searching for.   

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Libra

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Pace yourself this month, Librasit’s going to be a wild ride. Your ruler, Venus (not to mention almost all of the other planetary rulers) is in retrograde for nearly the entire month. You’ll be looking at your relationships from a whole new angle during Gemini season.

Don’t be afraid to ask the big, scary questions about your romantic future. Now is the time, especially with the energy that the penumbral eclipse will be giving off on June 5. Eclipses are notorious for dredging up the desire for change and a new perspective.

The Summer Solstice and the beginning of Cancer season fall on June 20. Pick up your pen and write a heartfelt letter (yes, a real letter) to someone in your life you’ve been neglecting. Start owning your mistakes this month.

The Summer Solstice is your chance to get a jump on a better version of yourself in nearly every department: love, money, friendships, and self-actualization. Don’t hold back in June, Libra. Buckle up and buckle down for your best shot at a fresh, new version of you.

June strain

June is probably going to feel a little like a long trip—ride the waves and enjoy the chaos. Pack a bowl of LSD to really dive into those deep, hard feelings you’ve been suppressing.

LSD is a potent, fruity, strain, best known for its euphoric, body-heavy high. It has a delicious taste and the effects are super positive. Give yourself a treat, Scales. You’ve earned it this month.

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Scorpio

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This month is going to be a mixed bag, Scorpions. A lot is happening up in that big, beautiful sky this June. There are eclipses, retrogrades, and, of course, the Summer Solstice to look forward to. Your rulers, Mars and Pluto, will be experiencing two opposite motions this month, which might leave you feeling a little off-kilter.

Mars is one of the only planets in direct motion, meanwhile Pluto is in retrograde the entire month. Try to be open-minded with the people you love, especially during this time of upheaval and turmoil. Your power is potent, and people will be digging their heels in deep to stay close to your side.

Mars forms a sextile with Pluto on June 18. Use the power generated by this aspect to work on your patience and discernment with others. Don’t react, plan. The Summer Solstice on June 20 also means it’s Cancer season, and you water babes will flourish together in the sunshine and warmth of the new season.

June strain

Sleep is illusive this month, and you can at least partly blame the constant action above our heads. Star Killer is a sleepy indica, perfect for unwinding.

Invite the sandman to your house by lighting up with some of this savory, lemon-flavored bud. Consumers report it’s an instant bad-mood killer. Get some rest and gear up for some big feelings this month, sweet Scorpions.

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Sagittarius

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Oh, you hopeful, hopeful, Archers. Don’t lose sight of the main target this month. Your ruler, Jupiter, is in retrograde for all of June. The planet of optimism and faith, Jupiter will have you feeling run down as it makes its backward motion through the sky.

But you don’t have to be at its mercy, fire babe. On June 5, the full moon is in your house and there will be a penumbral eclipse. This powerhouse combination will give you significant drive and motivation to see your personal projects through. Creativity and communication will be at an all-time high at the beginning of Gemini season. Don’t hide your talents away. Don’t shrink yourself so someone else can feel larger. 

The Summer Solstice and the beginning of Crab season fall on June 20. On June 30, Jupiter forms a conjunction with Pluto. This brings another opportunity to assert your confidence, especially in business. If you keep your eyes on the prize and remain focused on all of your goals during this period, the rest of the year will be yours for the taking.

June strain

Focus, focus, focus. Don’t get distracted this month, Archers. Pack a bowl of an inspirational strain like Lifter to keep your mood light and concentrated. Lifter is a cheese strain that will bring on great energy and pain relief.

Roll a joint and make a vision board. Or, at the very least, jot down your goals for the rest of the year. In a couple of months, you’ll be glad you did.

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Capricorn

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Your ambition is the stuff of legend, Capricorn. You’re one of the hardest working signs in the Zodiac, but the retrograde of your ruler, Saturn, for the entire month of June will test your resolve. Don’t take it too personally, you sea-faring goat. With nearly every planet assuming a backward motion during this Gemini season, you’ll be in good company when it comes to feeling out of sorts.

Mercury begins its retrograde on June 18. Be especially prepared for your inner circle to become tumultuous. Petty grievances will crawl out of the woodwork and you’ll be tempted to make rash decisions regarding your relationships. Hold on tight and don’t do anything you’ll regret 30 days from now. Withdrawing during this period is completely understandable. 

The new moon in Cancer on June 21 will refresh and invigorate you. Cultivate some mindfulness during the second half of the month and allow your friends the space to work out some of their harder feelings. Focus on your home environment; take up meditation or a mindfulness practice. If you do, you’ll leave summer the most in-tune person in your group—not that it was a competition.

June strain

Capricorns are known for their practicality and level-headed thinking. These traits are typically in high demand during a retrograde, and with so much backward motion going down with the planetary rulers, you’ll probably have people forming a line out the door for your advice and ear.

Be careful what advice you give and to whom you give it. Be a smooth operator. Pack a bowl of Big Smooth for a doughy taste and a happy high. Its warm and fuzzy feelings will bring a heavy dose of relaxation too. Just what the planets ordered!

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Aquarius

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Aquarius, you might be one of the only signs destined to have a smooth month, thanks to your ruler, Uranus, being in direct motion for all of June. The same cannot be said for a majority of the other signs, whose planets are scheduled to enter retrograde at some point during the month.

That said, don’t get too boastful just yet. Mercury begins its retrograde on June 18. Expect some strange interactions with your innermost circle. Old grudges tend to surface during this period, but don’t give in to desires to air them. They’ll soon be forgotten again.

The new moon is in Cancer on June 21 and the Summer Solstice is on June 20, so you should experience new levels of energy around this time. Commit to your physical and emotional health toward the end of the month. Set and establish good self-care routines that will carry you through the hottest months of the year. Air signs tend to feel changes in energy and mood sooner than the other signs. Remember to not get carried away by a wind of change this month, Water-Bearers.

June strain

You lucked out this month, Aquarius. Stay out of the fray and you should be able to coast through June mostly unscathed. Place high value on your health, especially your mental health, during the Gemini season. Ground yourself in some kind of daily ritual.

Roll up some Golden Ticket for full-body relaxation and a cerebral high. This bud is stress-free and brings a lot of euphoria. Tap into the good stuff already inside you, Water-Bearer. You’ve got this.  

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Pisces

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Neptune, your ruler, is in direct motion for the first half of the month, Fishes. Use this period to get your affairs in order and to build trust in your intuition because you’re going to need it. When Neptune enters into retrograde on June 23, you’ll be tempted to abandon some well-established boundaries. Don’t let people walk all over you in June, Fishes.

On June 11, the Sun forms a square with Neptune. A strong ego in your inner circle may try to knock you down, but you’re prepared for it. Take whatever time you need to re-establish your self-confidence. Remember, nearly every planet is in retrograde, so everyone is dealing with their own emotional trash fire this month.

That’s not to say your presence won’t be missed! The penumbral lunar eclipse on June 5 also offers another chance to recommit and renew faith in yourself and the path ahead. Don’t waver because someone close says you can’t do what you set out to do. Your gut won’t lead you astray this month, if you don’t let it.

June strain

You’ve already proven you can swim in rough seas, Fishes. So, take a break. Don’t worry if your DMs get a little crowded this month; no one will be angry that you take time for yourself.

Roll up some Tuna Kush for a skunky smelling, relaxed high. This ultra dense bud brings on full-body effects quickly. Freshen up your bedding, find a new show, and let the world spin madly ‘round this month, Pisces. You’ll make it through OK.

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Aries

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Hello, righteous Rams! June will be filled to the brim with opportunity for you, if you know where to look for it, and especially if you can learn to ride the wild motions of the planets during Gemini season.

There is a June 5 penumbral lunar eclipse in Sagittarius. This celestial activity isn’t just beautiful, it’s an invitation to clean house. If there are certain aspects of your personal development you’ve been afraid to address head on, now is the time.

It’s true, growth is painful, but you don’t need to reinvent the wheel all alone. Lean on your network this month. The backward motion of so many planets grinds on Rams like an emotional cheese grater. You are more susceptible to the less pleasant feelings of a retrograde than most.

This is especially true when Mercury goes retrograde on June 18. Be ready for some tough conversations in your professional sphere. Get inventive when it comes to self-promotion and you can turn these pain points into personal wins. Your ruling planet, Mars, enters your house on June 28. Enjoy this period of peace and emotional alignment as you head deeper into the summer season.

June strain

Retrogrades, right? Listen, there are two kinds of strains you need to concern yourself with this month: the strain of the planetary motions, sure, but more importantly you need to concern yourself with the right strain of kush to carry you through. 

Lavender is a strain that comes from pedigree and its mellow effects are strong and long lasting. This is the perfect bedtime bud, but it can also be ideal for that evening smoke after dinner. Smokers report pain relief and tons of relaxation from this aptly named purple bud.

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Taurus

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Beautiful Bulls, you will be a beacon of stability during the wild, planetary ride that is the month of June. The full moon (and eclipse) will be in Sagittarius on June 5. This event is not only visually stunning, it’s cleansing too. If you’ve been collecting material possessions in abundance during this extended period of being home, consider shedding your closets and drawers of things you don’t need. You’ll feel lighter all around.

Your ruling planet, Venus, is in retrograde from June 1-25. If you’ve been craving intimacy lately, this is not the time to do anything without cautious consideration. Unfortunately, the Venus retrograde can bring out the truly unsavory side in romantic prospects. Just guard your heart during Gemini season, Taurus. Focus on friends and family and you’ll weather this month better than most. 

The Summer Solstice on June 20 will bring energy and commitment to your professional endeavors. Try taking on projects that draw you out of your comfort zone. You’ll be so glad you did.

June strain

You’re the stuff dreams are made of, Taurus. And you’ll be giving a lot more than receiving this month, thanks to a back-to-back month of retrogrades that will throw your inner circle for a loop. So, treat yourself, loyal Bull.

Roll up some Dream Queen and float off to La La Land on a cloud and a wish. Your beauty rest will be essential in June. This strain is peppery with just a hint of invigorating mint. A sativa-dominant bud, Dream Queen is perfect for cooking up big ideas.

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Maeva Considine is an award-winning journalist and author of “Cat Zodiac: An Astrological Guide to the Feline Mystique.” She’s a Taurus who loves traveling, canceling plans, and dessert. She lives in Syracuse, New York.

Source: https://www.leafly.com/news/lifestyle/star-signs-cannabis-strains-horoscopes-june-2020

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