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South African Cannabis Activist Murdered In Robbery

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South Africa’s  Dispatch Live reports……….Julian Stobbs, one half of the precedent-setting “Dagga Couple” who fought a five-year battle through the courts for the legalisation of cannabis, has been killed in a robbery near Lanseria in Johannesburg.

The couple operated a private members club and music venue on the property.

Head of Community Safety at AfriForum Ian Cameron confirmed that Stobbs had been shot dead during a robbery at their smallholding in Sunrella.

Cameron said the shooting happened in the early hours of Friday morning.

“They stole everything in the house, came back and went into the bedroom and shot and killed the husband.”

Cameron said they also stole the couple’s cellphones.

Police spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubele could not immediately comment on the matter.

Source:  https://www.dispatchlive.co.za/news/2020-07-03-dagga-activist-julian-stobbs-fatally-shot-in-armed-robbery/

Source: https://cannabislaw.report/south-african-cannabis-activist-murdered-in-robbery/

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Enforcement Alone Won’t End California’s Illicit Market

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It seems like every week, there’s a new announcement of state or local enforcement actions or raids of allegedly unlicensed cannabis operators in California. Some time ago, this would have been welcome news to many licensed cannabis businesses in the Golden State that pay large sums of money to get licensed while illicit market operators can offer cheaper, tax-free products to consumers at a huge competitive (though not legal) advantage. Nevertheless, it’s becoming clearer that nothing the state is doing is really changing the illicit market, and this offers little solace to the participants in the regulated market.

To date, legislative efforts to ratchet up penalties haven’t really disincentivized unlicensed activity. For example, AB-97, a bill that passed in mid-2019 that authorized penalties of up to $30,000 per day for unlicensed activities, didn’t end California’s illicit market. In fact, a few months after that law passed, I wrote a post citing a then-recent audit that showed that there were nearly 3,000 unlicensed cannabis businesses in the state.

As I write this post, California continues to struggle with its illicit market. The state is considering adopting another bill (AB-2122) that would authorize similar, $30,000/day penalties against landlords and other third parties that aid and abet unlicensed operators, and the state indicated it would like to expand its police enforcement team. This is on top of the seemingly weekly news of raids and other enforcement activities.

Will these enforcement efforts really end or even significantly hamper California’s illicit market? In my opinion, the answer is a clear “no”–at least without a lot more help. As I wrote in 2019:

In my opinion, enforcement is not the best way to combat the illicit market. No matter how high the penalties are, there will always be people who are willing to ‘risk it’ and ignore the law. Prohibition never stopped many people from selling cannabis.”

The state’s recent penalty augmentations won’t realistically be much of a deterrence, when for decades, people sold cannabis while it was still criminalized at every level of government. The state would have to devote tremendous amounts of resources (which could be better spent elsewhere) to pursuing enforcement and ultimately, not much would stop unlicensed operators from re-entering the market. In fact, arrests and convictions may prevent people from entering the state-licensed market even if they wanted to.

In my opinion, the best way to solve the illicit market problem would be to make it seem more appealing than the illicit market. So long as it is extremely difficult and expensive to start and run a licensed cannabis business, there will be people who opt for the illicit market, regardless of whether doing so could lead to administrative or criminal charges.

Enforcement will always play a role in the licensed cannabis regime. But it should by no means be the first or only thing that the state uses to fight back against illicit activity. It failed during prohibition and it will again. I compiled a list of possible solutions for California to combat illicit market more than a year ago, and many of those potential solutions still hold fast today. I intend to update this list in the near future, so please stay tuned to the Canna Law Blog for more updates.

Source: https://harrisbricken.com/cannalawblog/enforcement-alone-wont-end-californias-illicit-market/

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8 weed strains for hiking

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Is it just me, or does the time feel exceedingly right to disappear into the woods for a few hours and get astronomically high? 

The howling winds of uncertainty have all but blown 2020 to smithereens. It’s enough to make a person need reminding of how fleshy and insignificant their timelines are when compared to an endless forest or a mid-city wetland. Which is to say, losing one’s self in nature is a singular form of self-care. And since we are unequivocally in the era of self-care, let’s take a few deep breaths, strap on our fanny packs and face masks, and get hiking with these eight exhilarating and mollifying strains.

Remember, your endocannabinoid system is like your fingerprint, totally unique to you. Keep in mind that the effects described below may not line up across the board, and each person’s experience is theirs alone. 

Golden Pineapple

Golden Pineapple is gently energetic and relaxing at lower doses, making it an agreeable complement to a low-impact, meditative stroll. At higher doses, it becomes psychotropic and effervescent, which is an exceptional way to evolve a meditative stroll into an intense birdwatching session.

Golden Pineapple’s parents are Golden Goat and Pineapple Kush, so expect a funky fruit profile with savory herbal undertones and dense, sugar-dusted flowers.  Either low-dose or high, the strain is a lovely accompaniment to both the outdoors and mild physical activity. 

Clementine

Clementine has a reputation for being borderline frenetic before coming into focus. Those two disparate effects come together exquisitely while navigating the wild outdoors — or your closest city park, whatever works.  

Parented by classic sativa strains, Lemon Skunk and Tangie, Clementine takes after Lemon Skunk in terms of flavor profile and rubbery energy, but the distilled head high is boldly reminiscent of Tangie. Tangie flowers sparkle with fiery stigmas and sugary trichomes, and the strain is also a popular extract that makes for a mouthwatering vape.

Blueberry Headband

Blueberry Headband is an animated strain that promises to put a pep in your step while being social.  On a family hike around your closest Audubon Society (or commensurate nature park), it can potentially keep you fully engaged with both family and nature without ever stepping into giggle-fit territory. 

The inherent hurdle in enjoying Blueberry Headband is in knowing that the name has been attached to a number of phenotypes. For our purposes, we refer to the Emerald Triangle Seeds variation, bred from a cross of 76 Blueberry, Emerald OG Kush, Cali Sour D, and Pre-98 Bubba Kush. The result is a hybrid that expertly straddles the line between euphoria and calm sociability without ever falling too far into either lane.

White Fire OG

Since the effects of strains tend to rely on the individual, reports vary on the effects of White Fire OG. For some, it’s the quintessential wake and bake, for others, it’s immediate couchlock. White Fire OG is borne of The White and Fire OG, both indica bent hybrids with caryophyllene and limonene forward terpene profiles. White Fire OG defies both its parents by (most often) boasting a bright and buoyant high.

If your chemistry allows it to hit with enthusiasm, opt for a hike with a moderate skill level. This strain has the potential to keep your body receptive and elastic while your mind wanders, which is kind of what we’re going for here.

Sour Tangie

Sour Tangie’s uncomplicated lineage from East Coast Sour Diesel and Tangie, the child strain is every bit as lively as one would expect, coming from two distinctly upbeat cultivars. What makes Sour Tangie singular is the burst of creative energy that accompanies its exuberant body high.

A trail with a suggestion of moderate skill level that might find you leapfrogging over fallen trees and encountering the occasional rogue blackberry thorn will bring out the best in your Sour Tangie experience.

Quantum Kush

Quantum Kush is already popular with enthusiasts of getting high and walking in the woods, respectively. It’s a high THC varietal parented by Sweet Irish Kush and Timewreck, with a smothering relaxation effect that both soothes and elevates.. 

Any mild to moderate hike will activate the singular euphoria of Quantum Kush; a breezy waterfront or sunbleached beach where hikers can strip down on a hot day will most likely result in a “best day ever, best weed ever” type situation — and we could all use one of those every now and again. 

Space Candy

The most accurately named strain on this list is Space Candy. The charmed child of Space Queen and Cotton Candy is both candy-sweet and extra spacey. This strain exists in the complex intersection of euphoria and delirium, making more moderate to difficult conditions — think narrow pathways and loose scrabble — feel like a Bear Grylls fantasy.

Space Candy’s terpene profile is citrus dominant, but the underlying earthy notes add a sophisticated funk. Users should expect resiny buds flecked with red and purple, and a confectionary floral aroma that blooms into citrus at the exhale. 

Bruce Banner #3

Hiking challenges are why Bruce Banner #3 may potentially be your perfect hiking strain. Maintaining focus, eschewing stress, and staying bouncy and energetic during vigorous physical activity and elevation gain are all hallmarks of this Bruce Banner phenotype.

Bruce Banner’s storied lineage began in the labs of Los Angeles-based Dark Horse Genetics, where OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel cultivars were bred to produce five phenotypes. Numbers 2 and 4 were subsequently abandoned, while 1, 3, and 5 were selected for their high potency. Of those remaining phenotypes, #3 remains the most popular and widely available of the Bruce Banner strains. Expect a sharply herbal flavor profile, a tart, pungent mouthfeel, and a swooning onset that develops into a calm and creative euphoria.


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Source: https://weedmaps.com/news/2020/08/8-weed-strains-for-hiking/

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Study Shows Similarities in Millennial and Boomer Cannabis Preferences

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Millennials and Baby Boomers love a good feud, but it looks like smoking a bowl together might put some of that angst to rest after all. According to a recent study from Verilife, a dispensary operator under the PharmaCann umbrella, there are more similarities than differences when it comes to how cannabis users from both demographics partake in the leafy green. 

The study revealed that inhaled cannabis is the preferred method of use for both groups, possibly because of familiarity. Naturally, Boomers are used to smoking joints and pipes instead of imbibing other ways, and even some Millennials started using cannabis at a time when smoking was more common than taking edibles or using newer inventions like vape pens. Later studies may reveal that Generation Z users aren’t as used to inhaled products.  

Another reason inhalation might be the most common way to consume cannabis in both groups is economics. Flower is one of the most inexpensive ways to buy cannabis, meaning that younger consumers with less income may decide to opt for it even if other options are appealing and available. Also, accessibility plays a role, as cannabis is sold in every dispensary in legal states, and is an easy-to-understand method of consumption..

Generational Differences

There are some differences in consumption methods, however. One big one is the reason for consumption.

“One of the biggest differences between how Millennials and Boomers consume marijuana lies within the reasons why each generation consumes,” the study continues. “For Millennials, nearly half consume for recreational reasons, which is a stark contrast to Boomers who are twice as likely to use marijuana solely for medical reasons. Among those who consume for medical reasons, the top health ailments vary between generations. For example, Millennials cite chronic pain (27 percent) and migraines (13 percent) as their top medical reasons compared to Boomers who consume for arthritis (15 percent) and chronic pain (13 percent).”

However, when it came to those who do use cannabis recreationally, Millennials and Boomers both reported that they use cannabis for relaxation. Also, both groups reported they spend about the same amount of money each month on cannabis, and that consumption has increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the study, monthly spending on average has gone up about $27 a month for individuals, in addition to the $76 on average that individuals spent before COVID.

The other big difference is who smokes more cannabis. Based on the study, Millennials do.

“According to respondents, Millennials are more likely to consider themselves daily consumers. In fact, 1 in 5 Millennials said they consume marijuana daily compared to just 12 percent of Boomers.”

However, Boomers are still the ones who are more likely to wake and bake. They reported much more cannabis use early in the morning compared to Millennials, which could be due to lifestyle and being more likely to be retired.

These findings show that while there are definitely differences in consumption style, cannabis could be the one, uniting factor that could end the Baby Boomer vs. Millennial strife once and for all.

Source: https://hightimes.com/news/study-shows-similarities-millennial-boomer-cannabis-preferences/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=study-shows-similarities-millennial-boomer-cannabis-preferences

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