Snoop Dogg isn’t happy about who is benefiting most from the cannabis industry

In a interview from the Hollywood Reporter, Snoop Dogg talks about who is benefitting from the legal cannabis industry. He advocates for those “who were actually there before it was legal”, that they should be the ones proftting the most.

Snoop is generally happy about the legalisation of cannabis, saying that “It’s cool. For the government to actually allow us to make money off of it and not go to jail is some cool shit”. However that doesn’t mean the world famous rapper had no issues. He went onto say, “I just feel like they’ve got to really go back and release everybody that’s in jail for marijuana if you’re going to make it legal”.

Snoop continues, “Imagine drug dealers — I call these street vendors — could position themselves. They would also stand to make a lot of cash. It’s difficult for Black men and people with criminal records to get licenses, to open dispensaries. They have put so many obstacles in front of us that it becomes an industry that is not for us. But we promote it, buy it and make it what it is.”

Snoop himself, despite being a long time customer in the industry, has never had to deal with such issues. His cannabis brand, Leafs by Snoop, was launched in 2015 to great success.

Snoop Dogg's Leafs By Snoop Cannabis Brand

The rapper explained that “from the first time you heard my song, that’s all i’ve been pushing. It’s not a political move. My voice is all that I use when it’s necessary. It sounds political but it isn’t. Sometimes they are unable to speak so it is my job to speak on their behalf.”

Some are concerned that the cannabis industry is not as accessible to some as it to others, particularly those of color. People of color own less than 10% of the businesses in this industry.

“Everybody will be able do what the wealthy people are doing. Then the rich people will have to get back in their lane to continue doing their regular business and getting the fuck outta our business.”

Snoop claims that the people who were there before it was legal should get the first opportunity. Not those with the most money who had no interest until now, when but the people who tried to find ways of creating and building themselves before it was legalised. It’s a backwards way to do it. I believe it will change in the future because it’s so easy.

Snoop adds, “The millionaires have to understand that when you jump into our world, you’ve got to compensate us. You can’t just steal our shit and think we’re going to sit back and take that. We ain’t that generation. We feel like hip-hop and the culture in general, from jazz music to right now, has helped cannabis become most infamous for what it is. Willie Nelson, Cheech & Chong, Snoop Dogg, look at the cultures that are connected to these people that I just named and how they bring the whole world together and who they are. Their people should be the ones who benefit from this, not the big billionaire companies that come in and buy up all the licenses and then make us slave for them for something that we created, just like the music industry and the movie industry.”

Many Black musicians have been able to start their own labels and have more control over their careers and finances than the corporate labels. With a rise in popularity, the same thing is happening with cannabis.

“The music industry was fucked up for many years until certain people came in and showed people that you can have your own label, you could own your own shit, you could run your own business. That created a different industry, which made the industry more of a Black-owned industry. Now these young men have labels and artists and million-dollar corporations based off of them owning their shit and being able to tell the major label, ‘No, this is what the deal is. You’re not telling me, I’m telling you.'”

Snoop’s latest album, ‘From the Streets to the Suites‘, hit shelves April 20th, otherwise known as 420, the unofficial cannabis holiday. The recrod released on Snoop’s very own Doggy Style Records.

Is cannabis the new craft beer craze?

The latest trend in craft beverages is attempting to harness the power of Cannabis chemicals THC and CBD. Brewers Publications® has released their latest book. Keith Villa, the pioneering brewer who invented Blue Moon, has now refocused his efforts to cannabis beers with Ceria Brewing. “Brewing with Cannabis: Using THC and CBD in Beer”, is a must-read for anyone looking for information about responsible and legal cannabis brewing.

CERIA Brewing made Colorado’s brewing history in 2018 with its first non-alcoholic, but insteasd THC-infused craft beer. Blue Moon Brewing Company was the operating unit of MillerCoors where Mr. Villa retired after 32 years of a long and successful brewing career. 

Author Keith Villa PhD is the co-founder and brewmaster of CERIA Brewing in the state of Colorado. During a press release, Villa stated, “As the cannabis stigma continues to fade, it is my goal to bring cannabis to people in a way that’s socially accepted.” “Brewing With Cannabis: Using THC and CBD in Beer” is a science-based guide that brewers of all sizes can use to get the information they need about cannabis. It also provides legal and responsible ways to enjoy this different kind of beer. Villa provides practical instructions and recipes as well as information about the unique characteristics and similarities between cannabis plants and hops. He also discusses the physiological effects of cannabinoids

Brewers Publications supports Brewers Association’s mission by publishing books that are both of lasting value to amateur and professional brewers. They also publish titles that encourage understanding and appreciation for American craft beer. Brewers Publications has more than 60 titles. They are the premier publisher of current and relevant brewing literature.

The book is for both professional and amateur craft brewers. It’s available now at BrewersPublications.com. Preorders at book retailers are also possible. Brewers Association members and American Homebrewers Association members get 25% off the retail price at $19.95, and all BrewersPublications customers receive standard shipping free of charge with their purchase of Brewing With Cannabis.

420. April 20th. The international celebration of cannabis.

420 is a number associated most heavily with cannabis, although it has a rather vague meaning. It’s used to refer to cannabis and the act of consuming the drug. It also denotes April 20, the international celebration of wildly popular substance.

Many people organize smoke-outs in local parks with friends or over with larger groups over social media. Others organize events with local businesses sponsoring and a music stage. The 420 Day is primarily a celebration of the drug and a day to have fun, relax and enjoy the associated culture. However it is also used as a sort of soft protest agaisnt the illegal nature of the drug in many places around the world. At least it is in countries where the substance is relatively tolerated.

Some of these 420 events are more serious than just enjoying cannabis and often focus on the on promoting legalization. The events are often promoted by local Cannabis Social Clubs, which encourage many members to attend. 

Occasionally, even politicians with liberal views on cannabis will speak at the events. Many people at the events light up a joint to show their disobedience towards the prohibition of cannabis. It happens 4:20 pm on 420 Day.

What does 420 have to do with Cannabis?


The story goes that 420 started with 5 high school students from San Rafael, California in 1971. These five students were Steve Capper, Dave Reddix, Jeffrey Noel, Larry Schwartz and Mark Gravich.

Louis Pasteur Statue outside San Rafael High School

The ‘Waldos,’ as they called themselves named after a wall they would hang out at close by, were the five students and friends who supposedly coined the phrase. Each day the students met after High School, most often at 4:20 pm near San Rafael High School’s Louis Pasteur statue. The Waldos were sometimes rumored to have found an abandoned cannabis crop in a nearby area. However, it was never located. Students would use the code number 420 to indicate a chance to meet for a quick smoke. And now 50 years later, the number 420 is also associated with cannabis around the globe.

Steven Hager, High Times’s editor, published the 420 story. An interview with Steve Hager explains more.

Music

Certain corners of the music industry have had long associations with cannabis. Many musicians believe that cannabis can increase musical creativity. Many music fans find that cannabis can enhance the enjoyment of listening to music. There are many tracks that celebrate cannabis love and appreciation. Most famously and commonly asscoiated with Caribbean music, such as reggae, and rap music, more specifically west coast.

Celebrities & 420

Likewise the musicians that we tend to think of the most are Bob Marley and Snoop Dogg, although there are many more in and outside these genres. And it’s not just in music, celebrities from all industries are open about their cannabis use. Celebrity cannabis users, or at least the number who are open about it, have increased dramatically in the last decade or two. There are many actors, TV hosts, writers, and social media stars who openly discuss their cannabis use. It’s impossible to list all of them, but Acclaim Magazine made a bold attempt to list the top 420 influential people on cannabis.

Stoner Movies

The stoner movie has become a staple of typical cannabis culture. These movies are often funny and entertaining with a central plot that revolves around cannabis. The stoner movie genre has a rather expansive library that has been growing since the 70s. 54 stoner movies have been listed and rated by IMDb’s professional movie reviewers. Pineapple Express and Half Baked are some of the most well-known. High Times magazine also launched the Stony Awards, which are presented to artists who have made a significant contribution to cannabis

Stoner Movie Pineapple Express

420 Advocacy

Many cannabis activists use the 420 Day as an opportunity to raise awareness about the injustices faced by medical and recreational cannabis users. Seattle Hempfest, one of many 420 events all over the globe, is considered one of the largest, with more than 100,000 people attending. 

Vivian McPeak, one of the founders, stated that 420 Day is “half celebration and part call to action”. Many speakers at Hempfest take the opportunity to challenge prohibition laws by using this platform. The state of washington legalized recreational cannabis in 2013; making it the second state to do so after Colorado did the same the previous year. Since then several other states have followed suit.

Is 420 becoming too commercialised

Some cannabis enthusiasts find 420 Day a bit commercialized. Many cannabis companies offer special sales and offers on 420 Day. Many events are held around the globe to celebrate 420. Many dispensaries in countries that legalize cannabis, such as the USA and Canada offer great deals on 420. The fact that 420 Day has been commercialized is not surprising. It is not likely to change. However, 420 Day will always be a personal day to many, and one that will be around likely for as long as cannabis is.

French businessman cultivates cannabis for his personal use in Vietnam

Mr. Tiberghien Frederec is 55 a year old French national living in Vietnam. He grows cannabis alongside fruit trees on a 3,000 m2 land in the by the Red River. This land has been harvested many times with the intention to produce useable cannabis.

Long Bien District Police leader stated that Mr. Friedrichec had not been detained on June 9. The leader stated that “This person will be administratively sanctioned but still have to investigate to clarify the behavior”.

Mr. Friederec established a travel agency at Yen Binh in Yen Bai Province. He temporarily lived at this address. The French businessman married an Vietnamese girl. The couple rented land of 3,000 m2 in Ngoc Thuy Ward, Long Bien district, to plant and grow fruit trees. This was about two years ago. The proceedings are in the name of the man’s wife.

According to Mr. Tiberghien Frederec, a friendfrom Yen Bai, whom he did not identify, had given him cannabis seeds a few months back. These seeds were then planted and propagated on the land. To avoid detection, he did not plant in the seeds in clusters, but instead spread his cannabis seeds throughout the garden.

The district police chief stated that, “This person isn’t addicted to drugs, but does grow these plants for their psychoactive properties. Tiberghien Frederec actually has harvested cannabis plants several times on this land.” Only his wife and children live there permanently. He still primarily stays in Yen Bai and only comes here occasionally.

Cannabis can look externally similar to other plants, especially when hidden amgonst them, so it can sometimes be difficult to detect them just by looking. The secret police captured them when they returned to the garden on June 5.

The man had around 40 kilograms of dried cannabis that the authorities seized. They additioanlly confiscated the 115 fresh cannabis plants that would amount to 34 kg of dried cannabis.

Cannabis Farm in Vietnam

Legally speaking, Hoang Tung, Trung Hoa Law Office said that Vietnam prohibits the cultivation of cannabis. In accordance with Vietnamese law, Mr. Tiberghien Frederickec will be held either criminally or administratively liable. The fact that Mr. Frederickec is not vietnamese may factor into the severity of the punishment he recieves.

Tung cited article 247 of Penal Code and stated that anyone who cultivates poppy, coca or cannabis in quantities less than 500 plants will face from six months to 3 years in prison. If the crime is organized or the confiscation numbers 3,000 or more trees, the fine will be increased to 3-7 years.

According to Clause 3 of Decree 21/2013, Mr. Tiberghien Frederickec could be administratively fined 2 to 5 million vietnamese Dong, or up 217 dollars, for planting 115 cannabis trees. This person also had 40 grams of dried marijuana (herbal drugs), which can be used to prosecute him for criminal responsibility under Article 249 of Penal Code.

Cannabis production increases in Norway as it becomes more difficult to smuggle

Large-scale marijuana production in an almost uninhabitable house has been discovered by police outside the small Norweigan city of Elverum.

The operation had been succeeding in regularly producing several kilos, until the police were tipped off and they raided the Sørskogbygda house in October.

Four Polish citizens have been arrested are now required to appear in court. They were charged with the production and possession of large amounts of drugs.

Police found and seized around 27 kilos worth of cannabis from the house. The drug was prepared and packaged, ready to be sold. The ultimate street value is estimated to be over 3 million krowns, or 300 thousand dollars. Police also found 316 cannabis plants that would produce another 12 kilos, or an additional 100,000 dollars worth.

The operation would lead to the police suspecting involvement in a larger underground drug trade.

Another Polish citizen was arrested in connection to the Sørskogbygda cannabis operation. Henning Klauseie, the police inspector in the Innlandet police district, said that the man had sold his house in Elverum to one other defendant in the case.

A Polish citizen was also stopped as he was heading into Norway carrying what police believed was fertilizer for cannabis plants.

One of the defendants has also been accused of running a cannabis plantation at Aurskog–Holand. 49 cannabis plants were discovered at the site during a search.

The accused had connected the building to the mains

The police located a Polish citizen at the address outside Elverum. He is believed to have been hired to work as a gardener on this plantation.

The house didn’t have enough electricity to support the energy-intensive production. Therefore, the defendants must have been connected stealthily to mains electricity.

According to the prosecutor, the defendants are required to pay almost NOK 229,000 in compensation to Elvia.

In the Inland, Police have discovered a great number of cannabis plantations in recent years. This is an older, less desirable building mass that is not suitable for residential use. Henning Klauseie, a police inspector, explains that this is a very typical type of property to be used for growing cannabis. He says it’s not uncommon for them to find cannabis plants in houses similar to the one found outside Elverum.

Norway has seen an increase in the value of drugs

Two of the two accused have refused to answer questions both in prison and to police. Klauseie states that the two other men have made their explanations and accepted partial criminal guilt for the charges against them.

The police believe the drug would be sold in Norway. Norway has long had one of the strictest stances on illegal drugs in Europe, and only recently has this begun to change. Although as of recently medicinal cannabis is permitted in Norway, it is still very difficult to get it through legal means. Recreational use still remains illegal and enforced.

As the country has closed borders and tighter control, there is a high risk of such products being produced in Norway and then transported out of the country. Kluaseie says that this was made for sale in Norway.

Police believe that drug street value has increased in the wake of the corona pandemic. This is due to tighter borders and more control. It has become even more difficult to smuggle drugs into the country. The limited supply has increased the prices. Some also believe that the demand may have also increased. Either as people are spending so much time at home or are experiencing greater levels of stress.

Uber looks towards cannabis as it struggles to find its footing in billion dollar industry.

Uber has been rather sucessfully working its way into the delivery business with Uber Eats. In the podcast “I learned something again”, head of Uber in Germany, Christoph Weigler also discusses the likelihood that Uber will deliver cannabis to Germany’s doors.

Uber Germany has been quiet. The company has now lowered its profile after years of dispute. Is it because Uber, just like other taxi companies, has very little to do with the Corona crisis? Uber offers rides to the doctor or the vaccination center in larger cities. But nothing further than this.

The company continues to work towards its global goal of becoming profitable by the end the year, despite all the difficulties. This would be a remarkable achievement considering that Uber lost 6.8 billion dollars worldwide last year. Uber is losing money as a transportation service offering competitive prices. The second pillar is much more successful: Uber Eats, the transportation service, is now competing with comapanies like Lieferando.

Uber struggles in Germany

“The idea is comparable,” reveals Uber’s head of Germany, Christoph Weigler, in the NTV podcast, “Wieder was gelernt”. “You have an app in which offers you food quickly from a huge variety of restaurants. It is then delivered to you, but usually on a bike and not in a car, which makes more economic sense.”

Uber to focus on delivery as it struggles to profit as taxi service

Uber Eats is a gold mine. Uber could receive orders worth approximately $ 52 billion globally at least suggested by the March figures. This would be 20 billion more than the car service industry. Weigler, Germany’s chief executive, says that this is a “momentary snapshot”. The mobility industry is experiencing a strong recovery in America and England. Both areas will be built as equal pillars in the future.

Uber cannot make money as a driver service. The business model relies on the fact that drivers are independent entrepreneurs. They drive their own cars and take care of breaks, maintenance, and work hours. Uber provides them only with the app to locate customers. This is illegal in Europe. In February, the London Supreme Court ruled that Uber must properly hire its drivers. Uber can only broker orders for professional drivers in Germany. They are required to return. To the dismay of Uber’s CEO, a concession was made by German politics to the taxi industry.

New regulations causing Uber to suffer

Imagine letting someone out at a bar or restaurant where it is likely that a new passenger will soon arrive. Christoph Weigler is upset that you still need to drive empty back to your company headquarters. This causes unnecessary emissions, empty trips and more. This is what Uber is now being forced to do in Germany.

Uber’s ride-sharing service is expected to return to pre-crisis levels in the next year. However, this will not be enough. The company had received 65 billion dollars in bookings worldwide for its taxi service as early as 2019. There was still $8.5 billion in losses at the end of 2018. Because expenses rise with every trip.

Uber Eats is different. There are no obligations to return, and no taxi drivers talking about their interests. Philipp Kosok, mobility specialist from Agora Verkehrswende, says that even in this sector, little money has been made so far. He explains that German delivery companies have primarily staked their claims and secured market share. When the industry is stable, it will likely take a few more years before one can make a profit with food delivery.

The food industry is getting a bad deal

Uber Eats has yet to see success in Germany. Uber wants to do a test run first in Berlin within a few weeks. They will then challenge Lieferando, the top dog of the food delviery market in Germany.

Uber Eats Delivery Boy

In order to focus on lucrative markets like Asia, the Berlin Dax company, Delivery Hero, sold its German operations to Takeaway parent company Lieferando in 2018. Deliveroo’s British also left the German market a year later. The problems are getting worse and worse. Companies such as Lieferando take 30% of the receipt to place orders and then deliver them to restaurants. This is a rip-off for the food businesses that have been severely affected by the Corona crisis.

Working for Uber is not appealing

There is also the unattractiveness and monotony of the job. The working conditions can often be as bad as the margins. You don’t have to ride your bike through the city as a delivery driver.

According to Kosok, a mobility expert, there is an emerging bottleneck in finding personnel for these services at any time. They were not always the best paying employers in the past. It is clear that the best service wins when they are positioned as both a good employer and a good partner for restaurants.

With this recipe, Wolt, a Finnish newcomer to Berlin has managed to overtake Lieferando. Philipp Kosok predicts that if you want to be a successful courier, you will need to provide hourly wages, employment relationships, and compensation for maintenance of the bikes.

Christoph Weigler also agrees. The head of Uber in Germany says, “It’s definitely not advisable for the whole system to be optimized in favor of one party.” Uber Eats aims to offer a package that is appealing to all parties. This is a lesson that has been taught in the mobility sector.

Uber sets its eyes on cannabis?

Uber has big plans. The travel agency works with both supermarkets and other similar suppliers to ensure that deliveries are possible. Customers can order pizza as well as toothbrushes and other products every day. Christoph Weigler says, “We want to be a little like the operating system for cities.”

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

You can also deliver cannabis. Dara Khosrowshahi, the CEO of uber, can imagine it. In an interview with CNBC, he stated that if the federal level is clear, then we will certainly look into it. Germany is still far from legalizing marijuana and the situation is not disimilar in most countries around the globe. But what is the difference between a pizza, a joint and taxi? It may take some time before the dream can realised, but cannabis may be hugely profitable for Uber in the near future. This may be currnetly possible in the USA or Canada. But for Germany, they must first make it work with pizza.

Importance of Medical Cannabis in Health

Scientists and doctors from all over the globe have examined the effects and interactions of the Cannabis plant on the body. Its potential benefits in certain health conditions are well-established and have been included in the current arsenal to aid with the treatment of minor conditions and serious illnesses.

Integrative medicine is a combination of doctors and specialists from different fields. It combines conventional medicine with alternative techniques such as meditation, breathing techniques and herbal medicine to improve the well-being of patients. It takes into consideration their mental health in addition to physical health. Integrative medicine may include cannabis as an adjunct to treatment. This sort of treatment can help patients live a more fulfilling life. Cannabis can help achieve this goal.

What are THC and CBD?

These abbreviations are for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and cannabidiol (CBD). There are hundreds of compounds that can be found in cannabis but these two are the most well known and important chemicals.

THC is the psychoactive phytocannabinoid in cannabis that gets people “high”. It has more pratical applications than intoxicating people. It can help with treating certain pathologies like multiple sclerosis, nausea, vomiting, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, and epilepsy.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a phytocannabinoid with no psychoactive effects. However what it does have is therapeutic properties. Cannabidiol interacts with the human endocrinoid system to regulate homeostasis and act on symptoms like appetite, pain and inflammation, intraocular pressure and muscle control.

Uses of Medicinal Cannabis

Who has already benefited from Medicinal Cannabis?

Patients suffering from serious illness and those whose treatment is not curative are able to benefit from cannabis, particularly if they have had difficulty obtaining satisfactory results with their usual medication.

A commonly cited example would be epilepsy, a condition you’re likely familiar with already. It causes electrical hypersensitivity in the brain. These electrical discharges propagate through the cerebral cortex and can manifest as seizures.

Research has shown that medicinal cannabis can be effective in treating patients who are unable to take current medications. It also has an anticonvulsant effect. Patients suffering from intractable epilepsy such as Dravet Syndrome and Lenoxx-Gastaut experienced a 39% reduction in seizures after they tried cannabis based medication. This was even after they were refractory against two or more anticonvulsants.

Autism is a disorder that affects social interaction, communication and emotion, behavior changes, and social interactions. In more extreme cases, they may even have aggressive episodes or seizures in some cases. Whether autism is something that should even be treated is up for debate. However cannabidiol can certainly assist with anxiety and agitation. The seizures associated with autism can also be reduced by using CBD as medication.

Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects central nervous system and interferes with brain functions. This causes vision and balance changes, as well as muscle weakness. It also makes it difficult to move around and can cause pain and discomfort. The first ever legal cannabis based medicine has been developed to treat multiple sclerosis symptoms. Patients reported that their spasms were improving after the first month.

Anorexia refers to the inability to eat due to certain serious illnesses. It is often associated with weight loss and cachexia, such as in Tuberculosis, AIDS, and cancer. THC is shown to increase appetite and promote weight gain. This is a common association with recreational cannabis users. It is often referred to as the “munchies”. This property of the substance can be used to help those suffering from Anorexia.

Chronice pain is a condition that is difficult to treat with current medications and often requires the use of adjuvant medication to manage symptoms.

Chemotherapy is used to treat various types of cancers at different stages. Some reactions can be severe and even fatal. THC lowers side effects like nausea, vomiting, loss appetite, dizziness, and dizziness. It acts as a palliative therapy for patients with terminal or advanced cancer.

EU aims to legalise medical cannabis

As legislators begin to channel money into medical cannabis research and lay the foundation for a set of harmonised European laws, medical cannabis is slowly making its way onto the European Union agenda. The European Parliament’s health committee voted in late 2018 to approve a draft resolution regarding the medicinal use of cannabis. Now a few years later the motion is looking like it will be a reality.

The medical cannabis market in Europe

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addictions (EMCDDA) provided the first report on medicinal marijuana in December 2018. It provided information on the evidence for cannabis use and cannabinoids, as well as defining cannabis preparations and distinguishing between them.

The EU’s legal cannabis market is expected to reach 115.7 billion euros, or 136 billion dollars in 2028. This makes it the largest global cannabis market. The EU cannot legalize cannabis immediately due to wildy differnt regulations of the many member states. However, it can provide guidelines for each country that they can follow ito implement the EU’s vision.

The EMCDDA Report

The report is aimed at policymakers and responds to the growing interest in the topic as more European countries adopt more positive policies towards the substance.

According to the report, “Many EU countries allow or are contemplating allowing medical cannabis use in some form.” Most EU countries have legal medicinal cannabis. A few have decriminalised recretional use, but none have legalised it.

Cannabis Legalisation around the world

The report does note that there are many differences in approaches between countries regarding the products they allow and the regulatory frameworks they employ.

The report also discusses how the terms “medical use of cannabis and cannabinoids” can be used to refer to a variety of products and preparations. They may contain different active ingredients or use different routes of administration.

The report includes case studies from none EU countries around the world that illustrate the different approaches taken by countries to legalize medical cannabis.

Alexis Goosdeel is the director of EMCDDA. He explains that: “In most countries, the provision of cannabis and cannabinoid products and preparations for medical purposes has evolved over time, often in response to patient demand or product development.”

This report highlights the difficulties of decision-making and summarizes the many issues governments will consider when making cannabis or cannabinoids legal for medical use.

Goosdeel concludes, “This report seeks to provide an objective look at current evidence, practice, and experience in this very fast-moving field and describe the complex patchwork of approaches adopted in the EU and beyond.”

It also highlights how important it is to develop a common language that can be used to aid in evaluation and assessment. This basically means that everyone will have the same definitions of key points when regulation is finally drafted.

Half of Spaniards are in favor of legalizing the sale of marijuana and 90% advocate its medical use

In some countries, the sale of cannabis has been legalized in the past couple of years. Namely Canada, South Africa and a few states in the USA. As well Armenia and Uraguay and a few other regions and terroritories. In many more countries around the world you can find legal medical cannabis, including around half of the European countries.

Despite this not a single European State has passed a law to legalise recreational use. As the global opinion on cannabis shifts to be more and more positive, it’s no doubt that one will soon follow suit. Around half of the population of Spain is in favour of legalisation, despite it being yet to even legalise medcininal use of the substance.

Cannabis Farm

This number was released in the April Barometer of the Sociological Research Center, as the result question was number 23. 49.7% were in favor of it, while 40.9% were against, just shy of a majority. We expect that public opnion on the subject will only grow more positive in the coming years.

Furthermore, according to the survey, 90.1% of respondents support legalizing cannabis for medical purposes, which as stated before is still illegal in Spain.

The data is based on telephone interviews with 3,823 Spanish citizens, both male and female, legal-aged in 1,255 municipalities across 50 provinces. The survey was conducted from April 5 through 14.

Despite the substance still being illegal for both recreational and medicinal use, using it has been decriminalised for a few decades now. Growing your own cannabis plants is legal, but you are limited to to 5 plants and to personal use only. You can find so called ‘cannabis clubs’ throughout the country however the legal status of these locations is unclear. Some have been arrested and prosecuted over them.

However, alcohol consumption by minors in Spain is, perhaps suprisngly, a much greater matter of concern for 83.5% of the respondents. 84.6% think that the public administrations should take measures to reduce it, as they have an obligation to protect this sector of the population.

Some of the most effective measures to reduce the number of minors from drinking alcohol include setting a zero-tolerance blood alcohol level for minors driving mopeds or motorbikes (71.1%), banning minors from buying alcoholic beverages in public (63.3%), and prohibiting minors selling alcohol to minors (57.2%). The public generally appears in favour of these kind of restrictions. Many of them have already been long implemented throughout the rest of Europe.

Cannabis in the sports world and Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is a huge cannabis fan. It was a kind of well known secret until now. We recently a lot learned from Matt Sullivan’s book, Can’t Knock the Hustle. It has been in the works for the past two years, and has now been published. It is now available in-store.

Matt Sullivan talked about KD on the Dan Le Batard show. “I visited his house one morning and found that the whole place smelled like marijuana. He doesn’t have any girlfriends and he doesn’t take crazy vacations. All he does is play basketball. He has no hobbies. He only likes grass and basketball.”

There is no problem with cannabis use in the NBA as no longer test for cannabis use. But this is only the NBA. The Olympics in Tokyo will be an entirely different story. Despite cannabis’s long history in Japan, this country is very strict about recreational drug use. Durant’s favorite pastime might be considered a crime in Japan, but that’s not his biggest problem. He has the Olympics own drug rulings to worry about.

Japanese Olympics 2021

Durant isn’t the only one. Take for example, Sha’Carri Richardson. She is a young American sprint star who had good chances of winning the 100-meter race in Tokyo. However, she failed a doping test. She tested positive for cannabis use. The International Athletics Federation, unlike the NBA, did not allow cannabis in Miss Richardson’s body. This means that she is unable participate in the Tokyo Olympics. She didn’t appeal and accepted the exclusion.

Durant is an Olympian representing the United States in Basketball.

The International Olympic Committee has taken a strong stance against all forms and types of drug use, including cannabis. Many argue that this policy of zero tolerance is outdated.

But, Durant could be in trouble if he test positive for cannabis in Tokyo. If Durant wants to continue playing basketball this year, he will need to be cautious.

Durant isn’t the first NBA player to use cannabis. A recent survey found that 85 percent of NBA players smoke cannabis, although liekly not as often as the Nets star. They don’t have to keep their usage a secret anymore since the league now allows it’s players to use the substance.

Smoking cannabis in the American basketball scene is not a new phenomenon. It has been associated with the scene for decades, and likely well before than as well. It is also used by professional athletes across all sports. This is due to the regenerating and analgesic effects that cannabis can provide. Marajuana was also used by legendary basketball players such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish.

Walt Frazier, a star in the New York Knicks Hall Of Fame, often spoke of what it was like to share a room with Phil Jackson, the later 11-time champion coach legend, in the late 1960s when they were both rookies. “Our room was always smelt of marijuana. I woke up in the middle of the night to find Phil lying in bed, smoking a joint with a look of relaxation and contentment. Phil did not go out with the other guys to eat in the city. He read, listened to the Grateful Dead records and smoked one joint after another in his bedroom.”

Walt Frazier on the court

This is not all. NBA players are also investors in the marijuana industry: Al Harrington, Gary Payton, and Chris Webber have all been involved with various cannabis companies. Kevin Durant is also a member on the advisory board for a Canadian marijuana trading firm. A significant minority of States have legalized cannabis in the USA.

The IOC however, is not Canada, the United States or the NBA. Durant might find it beneficial to pay more attention to their rules and regulations.