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The scales have tipped in favor of legal weed in Louisiana. 55 percent of state residents now support legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for recreational use, according to a new report from the Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs at Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication. Support for legal marijuana still isn’t as high as support for legalizing sports betting or expanding gun rights, but it does mark a turning point in views on the issue in a state with that’s still cracking down on cannabis.

Support for Legal Weed Shows Big Regional and Demographic Differences

The major takeaways from the survey are that a majority of Louisiana residents want sports betting, don’t want any bans or limits on assault rifles or large-capacity magazines and do want marijuana legalization. But support for legal weed enjoyed the smallest majority of the three, at 55 percent.

But that 55 percent hides the dramatic differences in views on legal adult-use cannabis across age groups. According to the report, 80 percent of 18-29 year olds support legalizing. Support drops off slightly, to 67 percent, among 30-49 year olds, before hitting an even split among Boomers aged 50-65. From

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Cannabis can be a game-changer for older adults suffering from chronic pain, anxiety and insomnia. But with cannabis, finding the sweet spot that does the trick – that highly personal mix of delivery method, dosage and timing, can be too daunting for many older adults. Nurses who specialize in cannabis medicine are increasingly stepping in to help seniors navigate that path.

Eloise Theisen, a board-certified geriatric nurse practitioner based in Walnut Creek, California, has been helping older adults find relief with medical cannabis for over five years through her private practice, Radicle Health. A regular at the Rossmoor senior living community’s Medical Marijuana Club, Theisen is a trusted figure and caregiver for many of the members.

Theisen: With legalization here in California, many seniors go straight to the dispensaries, where the staff aren’t necessarily trained to understand the needs of an older adult. They also tend to be on a lot of pharmaceuticals, and no one’s really looking out for potential drug to drug interactions, considering how to get them off their pharmaceuticals when they start cannabis, and really guiding them. Often they will come out of a dispensary with a product that doesn’t work for them, and then they

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One day, about 2,500 years ago in western China, a man was laid in his grave.

A wooden bed was placed in the grave under him, and a pillow of reeds under his head.

Around him, they placed earthenware pots, and on top of him, as a blanket or shroud, they laid 13 fully grown, uprooted female Cannabis indica plants, with their roots placed below his pelvis, and the branches and flowers extending toward his face.

In a nearby grave, archaeologists found another man with what they called “a large supply” of dried flower, some in a wooden bowl close to his body, and more in a leather basket. Given the presence of THC, they decided the flowers were used for “pharmaceutical, psychoactive, or divinatory purposes.”

– Read the entire article at Global News.

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A brief list of things you shouldn’t do while high: drive, online shop, watch any Pixar film, Venmo a friend, give advice—but what about running or lifting weights?

While everyone’s reactions to cannabis’s intoxicating qualities differ (some of us handle edibles better than others) and research into the subject is still new, there are a few things you should know before working out while high.

You might be able to focus better
You might have heard of cannabis’s magical benefits, which include improved focus, endurance, performance, and reduced soreness. According to Dr. June Chin, an integrated cannabis physician at MedLeaf RX, a lot of these benefits may be indirect—CBD products, in particular, may simply reduce inflammation and therefore increase your ability to focus or work harder by soothing any nagging pain you have.

– Read the entire article at Life Hacker.

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Easter and Passover aren’t the only holidays being celebrated this weekend. Saturday marks Canada’s first legal 420 festivities.

April 20 has long been touted the unofficial day to celebrate cannabis culture, but not many know why the day was chosen. According to TIME, the term 420 stemmed from a group of friends at San Rafael High School in Marin County, California. The group, who dubbed themselves “the Waldos,” often gathered at 4:20 to smoke a joint after school. When one of the Waldos started working as a roadie for Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, the term then got picked up and spread by Grateful Dead followers. And the rest, as they say, is history.

But enough of the history lesson, let’s get to celebrating with these local 420 parties.

– Read the entire article at Toronto Storeys.

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The wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits of dozens of people who kicked off the Epic 420 Festival in Windsor.

The three day pro cannabis festival started after 12 p.m. Thursday at Charles Clark Square.

Vendors from as far away as Toronto spent the afternoon setting up displays.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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The U.S. Coast Guard unloaded approximately 14,000 pounds of seized pot and more than 3,000 pounds of cocaine in Port Everglades, Florida on Thursday, with a U.S. congressperson and the media on hand to observe the work. The Coast Guard estimated the street value of the load at $62.5 million. The drugs had been confiscated in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean by the personnel of three United States vessels in five separate interdiction operations off the coasts of Central America, Mexico, and South America. The illicit cargo was delivered Thursday morning to the port by the Virginia-based Coast Guard Cutter Bear.

“I could not be prouder of this crew’s accomplishments, and of the entire interagency and allied team that continue to stand the watch in an effort to stem the efforts of smugglers that seek to destabilize the Western hemisphere while they line their pockets,” said Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Dennelly, Executive Officer of Coast Guard Cutter Bear.

The Bear was responsible for two of the seizures that made up the offloaded drugs, seizing about 7,900 pounds of weed and 300 pounds of cocaine. The Coast Guard Cutter Valiant, in a single case, confiscated about 2,700 pounds of cocaine.

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Organizers say you’ll be able to consume cannabis, learn about vaporizers and extracts, and have a ‘ganja good time’.

It will be the first ‘420’ since legalization took effect here in Canada, and many are planning events to celebrate the historic cannabis occasion.

Tony Millar is Communications Director of Alternative Cannabis Consumption Awareness and a publicist with the Kitchener Cannabis Club.

He said things will be a lot different this year at the annual 420 rally in Kitchener.

– Read the entire article at Kitchener Today.

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The city of Los Angeles has filed a lawsuit against an unlicensed cannabis dispensary for selling product tainted with dangerous chemicals, according to media reports. At a downtown news conference on Wednesday, City Attorney Mike Feuer indicated that the lawsuit against Kush Club 20 on Central Avenue in South Los Angeles would be followed by others.

“We are opening up a new front in our efforts to effectively enforce the city’s rules regarding marijuana,” Feuer said. “This compliments our criminal efforts in doing so, and we have filed a civil action against multiple business operators, property owners and real estate defendants.”

The city attorney suggested that cannabis users in the city ensure that they are purchasing from a licensed dispensary.

“Customers patronize illegal shops at their peril, and undermine businesses who play by the rules — and whose product is tested to protect buyers’ health,” Feuer warned.

“We apparently as a community care a lot about whether our romaine lettuce is contaminated, and we should. We care a lot about whether we can safely eat at Chipotle,” he added. “Marijuana buyers should at least exercise that same degree of caution.”

Suit Alleges Tainted Product Sold at Unlicensed Dispensary

The lawsuit

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Spring has finally sprung, and after a long winter people are pouring out of their homes to enjoy the long-awaited return of warm weather. For residents of Michigan, there are plenty of ecological treasures to explore, from prairies to coastal marshlands, dunes to bogs. And now that weed is legal in Michigan, venturing into the great outdoors is a perfect occasion for communing with nature with some cannabis. Unfortunately, some of the most popular spots in Michigan aren’t marijuana-friendly, and park officials are reminding everyone that federal prohibition still stands in the state’s National Forests.

On Federal Land, Prohibition Supersedes Legalization

In the 2018 midterm elections, Michigan voters legalized cannabis at the ballot box, passing Ballot Proposal 18-1 and establishing the “Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act”. But as in other weed-legal states, that law doesn’t apply on land controlled by the federal government. Land like national forests, national parks, wilderness preserves and wildlife refuges all fall under federal jurisdiction.

So since the federal government still classifies cannabis as a Schedule I controlled substance on par with heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine, bringing it with you into a national forest violates the law.

Do people smoke weed on hiking trails

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