Portfolio Category: Portfolio: Politics

How Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria Changed The Way We Grow Cannabis

In 2007, my husband Raul* and I decided to leave our corporate jobs behind and buy an organic farm. Feeling unfulfilled with the drudgery that comes with sitting behind a desk, day after day, we left the daily grind of California and bought an 18-acre farm in the interior of the Caribbean island of Puerto…
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Republican Bill Could Create Ingestible CBD Pathway, but Passage Remains Iffy

Nancy Mace, a first-term Republican Congresswoman from South Carolina, recently introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level. This legislation, which is entitled the ‘States Reform Act,’ would remove any and all barriers in the federal law that might conflict with the autonomy of states to decide for…
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40 Grams and a Bong?

In 2021, recreational marijuana officially became legal in New York. Among its various provisions, this legislation directs the newly created Cannabis Control Board to ensure that at least 50 percent of the cannabis business licenses it approves go to social equity applicants. This group includes people from marginalized communities negatively impacted by marijuana arrests (the…
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Op-ed: 6 Reasons People of Color Should Grow Their Own Food

In November 2007, my husband and I decided to leave our jobs in biotech, sell our Southern California suburban house, and buy an organic farm. Although we knew <em">what we wanted to do, we had no clue where we would do it. The only thing we knew for certain is that it would have to…
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History of CBD Use

Hemp-derived CBD, whether in the form of flower, a tincture or cream, oil, edible or non-combustible, has risen in popularity at near breakneck speed. So quickly, in fact, that if you are unfamiliar with its history, you may think CBD is relatively new. The history of CBD use may surprise you. As it happens, hemp,…
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420 Equity Labs, a Cannabis Social Equity Marketing Agency is Launched

New Agency Provides BIPOC-owned Cannabis Businesses Platform to Share Authentic Stories OAKLAND, CALIF. (PRWEB) APRIL 20, 2021 In 2020, events highlighted systemic racism, inequality, and biases long embedded into the fabric of the U.S. It was thought the booming cannabis industry would democratize business opportunities for all; instead, it offers little hope considering minimal resources…
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Selling Pot is Still Not Easy

March 31, 2021, was a historic day for New Yorkers, when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis. Cuomo sweetened the pot for two groups of people with a lot of crossover: Over the next two years, the state will expunge the records of approximately 150,000 New York residents previously convicted on cannabis…
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The Face of Cannabis: Treating a Disfiguring Bone Disease

For a parent, few things are scarier than when their child is diagnosed with a serious illness: the fear, the anxiety, questions that begin with “what if” and “why us?”  For Sean and Janie Maedler, of Rehoboth, Delaware, their nightmare began in 2013, when their daughter, Rylie, was just 7 years old. Her face began…
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Growing Your Own Food is a Revolutionary Act

Despite the pandemic, the ongoing #JusticeforGeorge protests, casual murders of Black men by police, white supremacists inciting race wars and lynchings in southern California, I continue to preach that one of the most empowering and revolutionary actions we can take is to return to our roots and what we've done for thousands of years: take…
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The Supreme Authority of Mss Oregon

According to census data, Black- or African American-owned businesses in the United States comprise 11.4 percent of the total. Given the fact that Black people comprise a mere 13.4 percent of the population, more or less these two figures jibe with one another. Without looking too deeply, one might assume the percentage of Black-owned  businesses…
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