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At Lt. Gov. John Fetterman’s first stops on his marijuana legalization listening tour, supporters made a passionate case to end marijuana prohibition. They also outnumbered opponents.

Let’s keep up the momentum.

Gov. Tom Wolf (D) has also begun accepting online input on whether the state should legalize marijuana for adults’ use. Submit your thoughts here.

You can let the governor know the reasons why you support making marijuana legal, and make a pitch for an inclusive, diverse industry. Let him know if it’s important to you that legalization include expunging past convictions.

Please also make a plan to attend one of the lieutenant governor’s stops on his listening tour, which will include all 67 counties. Here are his upcoming stops:

Erie
Tomorrow, Saturday, February 16, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Jefferson Educational Society
3207 State Street

Warren
Tomorrow, Saturday, February 16, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Warren Public Library, Slater Room
205 Market Street

Washington (Washington County)
Monday, February 18, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
59 E. Strawberry Avenue

Waynesburg (Greene County)
Tuesday, February 19, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
51 W. College Street, Waynesburg

New Bloomfield (Perry County)
Wednesday, February 20, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
New Bloomfield VFW
71 Soule Road
(This is in lieu of a stop this

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Aleister Crowley, Francois Rabelais and the Herb of Thelema

CANNABIS CULTURE – Aleister Crowley is a well known 19th-20th century magician, Francois Rabelais was a 16th century monk, remembered largely for his well known work of satire Gargantua and Pantagruel, what could these two and cannabis have in common?

Possibly the most intriguing renaissance figure involved with the history of cannabis was the 16th century Monk, Alchemist and Bachelor of Medicine, Francois Rabelais, (1494-1553). Rabelais is best known for his hilarious epic adventure Gargantua and Pantagruel. A bold and bawdy satirical tale of two Giants, Gargantua, and his son Pantagruel, the book is equal parts philosophy, sex and fart jokes, slapstick humour, along with outright heresy and a generous a dash of arcane knowledge. As one biographer noted “His large book is a giant-jest uttered by a giant-intellect” (Cochrane, 1843). His mockeries of so much that the church deemed holy “led eminent critics to regard Rabelais as a Papefigue, one who gives the Pope the finger” (Marshall/Zegura 2004).  The 19th century literary critic Alphonse de Lamartine was less kind and saw Rabelais as a “poisonous, fetid mushroom born in the dunghill of the medieval cloister, the defrocked monks pig who regaled himself in his dirty sty and loved to

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Saskatoon Pot Store ‘Goes Green’, Brings in Recycling for Cannabis Packaging

Saskatoon’s Living Skies Cannabis store is making an effort to be even more green.

The shop has brought in a recycling bin, designed for marijuana packaging.

“This was an optional thing for us cannabis retailers, but to us, this wasn’t an option. We have to do this, because it’s the right thing to do,” Cierra Sieben-Chuback, owner of Living Skies Cannabis, said.

– Read the entire article at CTV News.

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Cannabis and Pain
For more than 20 percent of Americans, chronic pain is part of daily life. Many aren’t getting the relief they need.

Pain treatments have been typically limited to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and opioid medications, which carry the risk of addiction. Both have risks of side effects. With opioids frequently in the headlines, many people with chronic pain can’t get access to the medication they depend on to get through the day without intense pain.

– Read the entire article at Eco Watch.

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No More Minor Pot Arrests in Buffalo, Mayor Says in State of City Speech

Getting caught with a marijuana joint or two is no longer grounds for arrest in Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown said Friday.

“I am directing Buffalo police to have its officers stop enforcing low-level marijuana possession offenses,” Brown said.

Brown disclosed the city’s new marijuana policy during his 13th annual State of the City address, held before a crowd of almost 2,000 people at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Following the address, Brown said marijuana possession arrests already are not a priority for city police. Police made fewer than 200 “marijuana only” arrests last year, Brown said.

– Read the entire article at Buffalo News.

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Second Proposed Toronto Pot Shop Set for Queen West Neighbourhood

Nova Cannabis has reached a licence agreement with one of the lottery winners selected to apply for one of the first 25 cannabis retail licences in Ontario, with a location planned for Toronto.

The chief executive of Alcanna Inc., which operates five Nova Cannabis stores in Alberta, says as part of the agreement lottery winner Heather Conlon has the right to use its retail banner name.

James Burns said Conlon approached Alcanna – in which licensed producer Aurora Cannabis has a 25 per cent stake – seeking assistance in setting up shop.

“She has a licence agreement to use our name, and we’ll help her out with some of the construction, training… but it’s her store,” he said.

– Read the entire article at City News.

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He Pushed for Marijuana Legalization for Nearly 20 Years. Now the Weedman Feels Sidelined.

Ed “NJ Weedman” Forchion triumphantly walked out of Mercer County’s jail last May, riding a high fueled by a significant legal win.

A jury acquitted him of a witness-tampering charge that grew out of his marijuana-dealing cases, which were pending.

About a week later, he got more good news: the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office announced it was dismissing or downgrading to municipal court the felony cases against him. New Jersey, the prosecutor’s office said then, was undergoing a shift in the attitude to marijuana, and the office was getting on that bus. And Forchion had spent over a year in jail, and prosecutors took that into consideration too.

– Read the entire article at NJ News.

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The U.K. Just Got Its First Bulk Medical Cannabis Shipment

The first bulk batch of medical cannabis imported into the U.K. since it was legalized for prescription last year has arrived from the Netherlands.

The shipment, exported by the Office of Medical Cannabis, will be sent directly to pharmacies to provide to patients under prescription for treating conditions including chronic pain and multiple sclerosis, according to a statement from British startup Grow Biotech. The company said it worked with investor European Cannabis Holdings and pharmaceutical importer IPS Specials to facilitate the delivery.

The U.K.’s Home Office gave specialist doctors the option to prescribe medical marijuana in November. They will be able to offer the drug on a case-by-case basis when other licensed products cannot meet the patients’ needs. That followed a shift in public attitudes toward cannabis-based medicines after two British children with epilepsy were prevented from bringing medication back into the country, sparking an outcry.

– Read the entire article at Bloomberg.

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Opinion: Here’s Why the Craft Cannabis Industry Can Thrive in the Face of Big Marijuana

In 2012, Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Since then, more states have followed. To date, 33 states have legalized the recreational or medicinal use of marijuana. Canada legalized recreational use nation-wide in October 2018.

As these legal markets emerge, investments are pouring in (by one estimate, consumer spending on marijuana will reach $23.4 billion in 2022), including two high-profile investments from Corona-maker Constellation Brands STZ, +0.55% and Marlboro-maker Altria MO, -0.81%

These investments from Big Alcohol and Big Tobacco might suggest the cannabis industry will come to be dominated by a few large producers and retailers. And certainly, some price-sensitive consumers will prefer the type of cheap, generic cannabis that large-scale producers specialize in.

– Read the entire article at Market Watch.

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Responsible Cannabis Consumption as a Parent

Somecritics claim that consuming any cannabis whatsoever as a parent isirresponsible. In which case, you have to say the same about every parent onearth who ever indulges in a glass of wine or the occasional beer. It’s exactlythe same thing – complete BS on both accounts.

Justbecause you’re a parent doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy cannabis responsibly.  Irrespective of what the anti-pot set mighthave you think, there’s no reason cannabis should ever get in the way ofpositive parenting. It’s simply a case of ensuring you’re as mindful andproactive as necessary – as would be the case with alcohol.

Infact, responsible consumption of cannabis as a parent could actually provebeneficial. Better sleeping habits, lower levels of stress,more energy to tackle the day and so on – all possible through careful cannabisconsumption. So to suggest that every parent that uses cannabis should beashamed of their lifestyle is both unfair and unfounded.

At theend of the day, it’s up to you and you alone to ensure that your lifestylechoices are conducive with positive parenting. If that includes the periodicconsumption of cannabis, why the hell not? Just as long as you’re the bestparent you can be, that’s all that matters.

Still,experts on the advocacy side

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