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.  

 

Click Here to Read More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/voraciously/wp/2019/04/18/put-down-the-pot-brownies-a-new-crop-of-cannabis-books-is-blazing-a-path-to-more-refined-cooking/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.83f92591be36

Trulieve Logo

By Dalton Rosario

“Conveniently located medical marijuana dispensaries promote authorized users’ improved access to medical marijuana products and related information and services, at lower cost, and promote public safety.”
Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers

 

Long Story Short. Florida Health Officials are allowing the state’s largest medical cannabis manufacturer - Trulieve - to open more dispensaries than the State law limits; totaling 49 retail locations.     

 

Gimme the Juice! Florida’s medical cannabis program caps dispensary operators at 25 locations statewide. This limit increases as more companies enter the emerging market. The outcome was supposed to create a level-playing field and reduce the risk of market monopolies. This limit has risen to 35 locations per operator since, and will be in place until April 2020.    

 

So What’s the Bottom Line? Reducing product availability does not help the end-user in any way, and even adds unnecessary barriers of entry for companies looking to take a foothold in Florida’s medical cannabis market. Trulieve has set the precedence by being allowed to lawfully open a total of 49 dispensaries. This amount includes the original 14 locations they started in business with, plus the additional 35 retail store limit to be revoked from state law in April 2020.

 

click here to read more: https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-ne-nsf-trulieve-dispensary-ruling-20190401-story.html

Cross Sign with Cannabis leaf

By Dalton Rosario

“Levels of THC in a person's blood are not a 'reliable indicator' of whether they are impaired.”
The Impaired Driving Safety Commission of Michigan

 

Long Story Short. Michigan’s state commission recommended that a legal limit of THC should not be used to gauge sobriety behind the wheel.   

 

Gimme the Juice! Countless studies have referenced that operating a vehicle while under the influence of cannabis is not advised due to its impairment on one’s reaction time. But despite these findings, the state of Michigan’s Commission on Impaired Driving Safety states otherwise. In fact, they have gathered no conclusive evidence correlating THC in one’s system with deficiencies in driving. Therefore, their official recommendation to state lawmakers is to set no legal limits to differentiate driving while under the influence of cannabis. 

 

So What’s the Bottom Line? Michigan law still maintains a zero tolerance policy for impaired driving - being under the influence of cannabis makes no difference. As it stands, the commission is continuing to advocate for standardized roadside sobriety tests to determine whether or not a driver can safely operate a vehicle.        

 

Click Here to Read More: https://wsbt.com/news/local/panel-suggests-michigan-not-set-legal-limit-for-driving-with-marijuana-in-system

Cannabis for Pets

By Dalton Rosario

“It’s a Wild West... There’s not a lot of science behind it. That’s what we’re up against right now.”

Susan Curtis, Executive Director of Massachusetts’ Medical Association 

Long Story Short. The pet market is the largest growing niche within the CBD Market for states that have legalized cannabis.

 

Gimme the Juice! Particularly in Massachusetts, Veterinarians are reporting increasingly more cases of pet-owners giving cannabis-derived products to their pets to treat their ailments. Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. Veterinarians and pet-owners are in favor of medication that mitigates pain in animals; however, Massachusetts law strictly enforces punishable offensives for licensed vets that recommended cannabis to a pet that experiences adverse side effects.    

 

So What’s the Bottom Line? Veterinarians confirm from pet-owners that cannabis and CBD derivatives work wonders for pets with a myriad of health conditions. But without the proper scientific research to back these claims, even though Vets are doing what is morally right to reduce pain in these animals, they are still unlawfully recommending medications that they can and will be held accountable for under state law.     

 

click here to read more: https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/marijuana/2019/03/28/more-people-are-treating-their-pets-with-marijuana-and-veterinarians-aren-sure-quite-how-handle/lZXlrHE2mQTFiR4BuhpBQK/story.html