NY Legalization Failure – 2020/2021 Budget

While I am not surprised, I am still extremely disappointed with the fact that the cannabis legalization provisions have been removed from this year’s NYS budget, as reported by Marijuana Moment.

Cuomo started the year by again renewing calls to legalize cannabis and included it in his budget proposal. While he did the same thing last year, repeating it did demonstrate some level of commitment to the cause. Cuomo also mentioned that he was going to visit legal states to see how their programs function and to take that knowledge and create a “better” program in NY.

However, the outbreak of the Coronavirus has seriously impacted the state’s ability to implement this measure due to a shift in priorities. Cuomo’s tour has been cancelled due to the outbreak. While this was expected after the outbreak, Cuomo still could have spoken to leaders remotely.

There was some shining light that Cuomo seemed committed to the original budget even during the crisis, still commenting on legalization in press conferences amid the Coronavirus outbreak. While it is just comments, it is far more than we received last year around this time when Cuomo was saying it was over.

With the failure of legalization in the budget, the remaining option is for the MRTA to pass as a separate bill. However, with lawmakers dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak and being unable to meet in person, I won’t be holding my breath. They have had 3 years to work out these issues and pass the bill; waiting until the last minute just shows it is not a priority and countless New Yorkers will continue to suffer by being arrested and mistreated by police.

Maybe next year NYS will be “ultra-super” serious about legalization and try again for it to be in the budget.

Cannabis is Medicine

Cannabis is one of humanity’s oldest medicines. From being first documented in ancient China, to be in foundational medical texts in the Middle East, and finally ending up in the US Phramacopeia, humanity has found cannabis to help with a variety of ailments.

Prohibition was never based on science. It was a racist attack from a man looking to demonize a new substance after alcohol prohibition ended. What prohibition was extremely effective at doing was wiping out almost all history about the medical use of cannabis. In doing so, they were able to spin a narrative that cannabis is a thrill-seeking drug with absolutely no positive qualities and all the negatives they could conjure up.

Up until the 1942 edition, cannabis was included in the US Phramacopeia. The USP is the gold standard for drug formulations and preparations in the United States. The USP included a number of cannabis formulations, and even uses.

Cannabis was only removed from the 12th edition after the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act when the government, not medical officials, decided cannabis had no medical properties. The AMA, at the time, was opposed to the Tax Act as it would be an attack on doctors and pharmacists.

It was not until the last 30 years where Marijuana was able to regain its medical status. From the infamous medical marijuana case to treat glaucoma to the current 33 states that have medical marijuana programs, we as a society are rediscovering the many uses of this amazing plant.

Lifter Hemp Review

While Upstate Hemp Co has long been my favorite hemp flower provider, I was afforded a nice opportunity to try out some Lifter hemp from 4FathersCBD. 4Fathers is where I have been getting my CBD oil from so I know they carry excellent product. This batch if Lifter boasted 17% CBD content.

Opening the package I immediately was aware of the pungent aroma. The smell had fruity tones to it. The flowers were dark in color with striking red hairs throughout and nicely covered in trichomes.

The flower is an extremely dense and very sticky. Breaking it apart in my fingers left quite a bit of residue on my fingertips.

Lifter had probably the smoothest and most pleasing smoke of any hemp I have tried to date. The denseness of the flower carried over to a very slow burning smoke that stayed lit pretty much throughout the smoking session.

My first experience with Lifter was after a night of drinking and my hangover was promptly taken care of. Subsequent sessions were on normal mornings and my head still became very clear as I focused on my tasks of the day.

This batch of Lifter, and the strain, is an excellent early morning smoke to begin your day.