Cooking with Cannabis

By Dalton Rosario

“Fast forward about a year and a half later, and the entire landscape changed, and every publisher got in and was racing to catch up,”

 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Editorial Director, Rux Martin

 

Long Story Short. The Cannabis edibles food space is evolving far beyond the pot-brownies of years’ past. Intricate cooking recipes mixed with chemistry and botany has led to incredible advances in the arts and sciences of cooking with cannabis. 

 

Gimme the Juice! As an emerging niche market combining the culinary sector with unique publications from literary houses and experimenting writers, the legal cannabis trade is becoming injected with a burst of excitement geared around the intricacies of cooking with THC. Cook books expounding upon recipes infusing cannabis with lamb chops marinated in yogurt, cilantro-cannabis dressings layered over fresh kale and bacon bits, and pepperoni cured from pot is becoming the standard of a new direction previously unexplored to such culinary depths.     

 

So What’s the Bottom Line? Human civilizations have been cultivating cannabis and cooking with these home-grown herbs since the beginning of Time. Whether cited in research spanning back to the Mesolithic era, or ritualistic concoctions named “Bhang” shared by Yogis in India for over 3,000 years; this ever-present fascination of infusing cannabis in our daily diets to nourish the body and spirit have been a part of our culture as a people.  

 

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Baltimore cannabis prosecution

By Dalton Rosario

Starting this week in Baltimore all cannabis offenses short of federal possession with intent to distribute will be charged as a misdemeanor. And as restitutions are concerned, arrest rates as far back as 2011 will be given expungement, and all current cases will be dropped and dismissed into diversion programs. Top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby, Baltimore State’s Attorney said recently, “No one who is serious about public safety can honestly say that spending our resources to jail people for marijuana is a smart way to use our limited time and money.”

The motivation behind this response is recurrent from the war on drugs’ explicit history of ethnic and racial segregation and how this has affected countless communities disproportionally for decades. In Baltimore, an analysis of police data released by the Baltimore Fishbowl claims that out of the 1,514 documented cannabis-related possession cases between 2015 and 2017, 96% of these charges involved African Americans.  

Statistics like this project the harsh, simple truth fueling the war on drugs for the past decade; and more purposefully, it provides a substantial framework for arranging cannabis reformation in immediate fashion. If these wrongs can be corrected in Maryland, then we can all model Baltimore's legislation as a prototype for lawmakers nationwide. Maryland homes half the population of nearby states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, yet ranks seventh highest in the country for statewide possession-related cannabis arrests. A grotesque 90% of cannabis arrests are possession based, accounting for half of all drug arrests within the state. But not anymore in the city of Baltimore, where 30% of the population was targeted for 90% of cannabis crimes.

 

Over the years since our country was founded, there have been a number of movements that the populace has eventually rallied around and fought for. We’ve had our initial fight for freedom against Great Britain. The fight against slavery. The fight for civil rights. More recently, the fight for gay marriage. Each of these moments in American history had its opponents. Sometimes these opponents have attacked other constitutional rights in a balls to the wall effort to carry the day, no matter what freedom is infringed upon.

So it is with the legalization movement. More recently, in the state of Illinois, nearly two years after a decision was reached that medical marijuana users could own firearms, four residents and medical users were told by the state that their firearms licenses would be taken away. The agency sending the letters has spoken out about this and rescinded those letters. It also removed language on its website asking firearm owners if they were medical marijuana card holders. The state police agency responsible for this claims that this was all a mistake. However, Tyler Anthony, with the Canna Law Group states the following,” The opposite is probably true. Even taking their word for it, they shouldn’t be careless with citizens’ constitutional rights, especially when their position lacks any clear legal basis.”

The movement to legalize cannabis has its roots in our constitutional freedoms. It doesn’t surprise anyone that there are those opposing the will of the people in this area who would be willing to usurp other constitutional rights in an effort to win the day, or make sure that Big Pharma continues to be paid. The movement has made significant strides in the past few years, but the incident in Illinois reminds us that the struggle is still ongoing, that some are willing to encroach on our freedoms in other ways to influence final outcomes, and that we need to be vocal and vigilant. We won’t accept anything less than a final and full legalization without any retaliation or penalty elsewhere. Period.

 

Source- Associated Press, Chicago.

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Cannabis cocktails are the latest experiment with cannabis cuisine. This latest craze of infusing alcohol with marijuana is sometimes more than just a process of putting some weed in some wine. It can take anywhere from days to hours to infuse alcohol with wine. The latest commercial crazes with alcohol involve specifically choosing flavors to bring out the taste of the buds.

Although marijuana is legal recreationally in some states in the USA now, we are still some time away from having bud get-togethers at bars and clubs.

If you prefer to replace your alcohol with buds for a healthier alternative, there are also cocktails for you non-drinkers out there. These are bud infused cocktails that have fruity additives and don’t contain any alcohol at all. So that way you can enjoy a healthier alternative to alcohol, and get the medicinal benefits of marijuana, too!

 

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A new Gallup poll shows that the majority of Americans support legalization of recreational marijuna use for the third consecutive year.  A significant majority of Americans have supported legalization of Medical marijuana for many years.  Increasingly, recreational legalization is becoming a mainstream position held by a broad range of advocacy groups and policy makers.  

Influential conservative think tank, the CATO institute, calls legalization a “no-brainer.”  Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who is currently leading polls in New Hampshire for the Democratic primary, supports ending the national prohibition against marijuana. The newly elected Canadian government is expected to legalize recreational use federally in the next two years.

Support is not universal, to be certain. The White House still strongly opposes recreational legalization.  Out of the 14 major players in the current US presidential election, 6 are staunchly opposed, 7 remain unclear, and only 1 has professed reticent support.  For the candidates with undecided views on legalization, they largely suggest a “wait and see” approach observing how Colorado and Washington fare.  After two years, recent polls show continued majority support in Colorado where legalization measures have passed (not to mention an additional 70 Million in tax revenue - nearly twice that of alcohol).  The momentum, it would appear, is building in favor of legalization.

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Lately I’ve been scanning different social media feeds and blog posts to get an idea of how people see Thanksgiving and their role in it. It’s easy to get used to business as usual around the holidays. I can get cynical and stress myself out. This year, I am trying to find ways to center myself, renew my focus and just basically chill out.

It can be hard to do. When I realize I’m heading down that pathway of busyness and over achieving, I have to force myself to stop, slow down and consider things from a different point of view.

I often let my mind wander into what it will look like around a Thanksgiving table in the future when we are all freed from cannabis prohibition and able to naturally calm ourselves and enjoy our moments and daily rituals, fear free.

I’m looking forward to getting together with the family and passing around the Fogpen while we cook turkey and laugh in the kitchen. After dinner, I’m sure I will be watching my master-mind joint rolling brother use the Stashtray and roll a joint with one hand. I realize people experience different things within their daily rituals, but one thing that has always impressed me about cannabis is its ability to help me slow down and appreciate things that I’ve missed daily. As busy as my life gets, as all of our lives get, I can easily long for those days and get impatient with where the legalization movement is today so everyone can enjoy this.

This year, I’ve decided to stop, slow down and take stock of where the movement is, and consider the strides that have been made, some of them surprising. When I consider the progress in Washington DC (we knew that was coming…no way anyone can work in the Congress of the United States and not need to light up daily). Or the progress in the Pacific Northwest, or the surprising support in some places in Texas, or Georgia. I read stories out of Colorado daily, and follow the news there constantly.

It’s taken a long time for us to get where we are. New people are joining the movement daily and letting their voices be heard. The flood of voices on social media outlets only grows week to week.

So, I guess I’ve started to realize that this year, I can be thankful for more than just the typical hallmark moments. Though it has had a frustrating history, I’m thankful for where the movement is today. I’m thankful for where it’s been and where it’s going. I’m thankful for the support I see in state houses nationwide and the growing support on Capitol Hill. I’m thankful that cannabis helps me to slow down and relax. I’m going to take these notions into our family thanksgiving feast this year, slow down, and dream toward the future.

Then, after the tryptophan has weaned its way through my system and I’m back to being stressed and over achieving, I’m going to quit my dreaming and get back to work. Because this isn’t over until we have our full freedom, rights restored, and we can move on the way that we were made to.

 

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USA states to legalize marijuana

 

For the marijuana industry, 2014 was a milestone year. It saw the United States, softening their stance on pot, with Colorado becoming the first ever state to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Since that monumental ruling, there has been a huge spike, not only in acceptance, but in sales as well.

 

The 2014 midterms saw legalization sweep over more areas of the country, including Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. For now, it looks as if the west coast is epicentre of the movement, but that may change in 2016.

 

Numerous individuals are as yet battling with the idea of authorized cannabis. For a considerable length of time and eras, Americans became acclimated to knowing cannabis as an effective and risky medication — one that could prompt passings and criminal conduct on the off chance that it was permitted in their group. The previous decade has truly opened up quite a few people’s eyes to the realities, which entirely eases those stresses. The therapeutic cannabis groups in a few states have additionally demonstrated the tremendous advantages cannabis can have for the sick, which is one of numerous variables that have prompted a seismic move in general supposition in regards to pot sanctioning. In no time, we sit on the slope of more states planning for impending marijuana sanctioning activities, either got from state officials or from subjects themselves through the polls. Colorado and Washington commenced the entire thing, and have following been joined by a couple of others. That doesn't imply that a large number of different states aren't on the cusp. In any case, here are 5 states that are next in line to legalize marijuana:

 

Massachusetts - One of those states that is preparing for a 2016 ticket activity is the New England liberal fortification of Massachusetts. Occupants of Massachusetts aren't hesitant to be trailblazers, as they have introduced clearing social insurance changes under then-senator Mitt Romney, and were the first state in the country to sanction same-sex marriage. Presently, cannabis sanctioning supporters are preparing for the following huge open battle: finishing cannabis forbiddance.

Maine - The Pine Tree State had local measures on the ballot in the 2014 midterm election in Lewiston and South Portland that would make possession of up to one ounce of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age or older. The vote was 55% to 45% against in Lewiston, but 52% to 48% in favor in South Portland. The measures also indicated support for regulating marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol at the state level.

Nevada - Occupants of Nevada obviously don't crave getting left behind as the whole west drift sets itself up for authorization, so a few inhabitants are preparing for a potential 2016 poll activity that will go with the same pattern. The procedure began not long ago, with individuals from the state assembly alongside occupant supporters beginning to accumulate marks in arrangement for a wound at the 2016 election cycle.

Arizona - So far, legalization has taken root in Western liberal coastal states and libertarian mountain states. Conservative voters, which outnumber liberals in Arizona, are less likely to support recreational pot. But they are moving in that direction. A new poll from progressive firms SKDKnickerbocker and Benenson Strategy Group found that 61% of Americans support legalization nationwide, including 71% of Democrats and 48% of Republicans. In 2014, Gallup found that 51% of Americans support legalization, down from 58% the year before. “The federalism argument is starting to see traction,” says the Drug Policy Alliance’s Malik Burnett. Young Republicans are driving the charge, with 6 in 10 of them siding with those who want to make weed legit. And young voters are more likely to turn out in a presidential election year like 2016. “That only bodes positive for the initiative,” Burnett says.

Florida - In early May, the Florida House overwhelmingly voted in support of a bill to exempt patients with cancer and other severe conditions from criminal laws pertaining to the use of medicinal marijuana. The bill will allow limited access to cannabinol, or CBD, for treatment of such illness. Governor Rick Scott signed the bill on June 16. The Florida ballot in the 2014 midterm election included an amendment on the legalization of medical marijuana thanks to a public petition campaign. The measure required 60% of the vote to pass, but voters struck it down 58% to 42%.

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