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New Jersey Begins 'Hashing' Out Adult Use Market

Law Goes Into Effect Jan. 1, 2021

After many years of watching lawmakers in the Garden State struggle to legalize recreational cannabis, last week that all changed when the voting public did what their representatives couldn't, passing the amendment with a 2/3 majority at the ballot.

You can check out the legislation in detail here.

Despite the fact that this is news worth celebrating, there is no time to stand around patting each other on the back.

Marijuana is not legal for recreational purposes yet, and will not be until the laws actually go into effect on Jan. 1st, 2021. However, there is much work to be done before the new year.

None of the rules and regulations have been agreed on and the legal framework is basically nonexistent.

In order for the necessary steps to be completed on time, lawmakers will have to kick negotiations into high gear and do whatever is necessary to find common ground and ensure a successful future for adult use cannabis in New Jersey.

Why the hold up?

The same issues that plagued the amendment last year remain unresolved and are definitely going to take time to fix. Money. It's always about money.

In this case. the biggest impediment to forward progress is the fact that many believe the tax structure is inadequate and needs to be revised.

As laid out by the recently passed law, there will be a 6.25% tax assessed on retail cannabis purchases across the state, a number that some feel is too low.

Without an additional tax, the state will not be able to fund the social programs championed in the legislation, in fact, the state will not even be able to pay for the cost of implementing the adult use program, which includes the formation of new task forces to oversee and enforce the rules and regulations.

Those who oppose the idea of increasing the tax on retail marijuana believe that doing so would make it unaffordable to those most negatively impacted by its decades long prohibition, one of the main reasons it was legalized to begin with, setting the stage for what could be a really messy situation.

Hopefully, governors in neighboring states like Tom Wolf (Pennsylvania) and Andrew Cuomo (New York) are paying close attention and taking notes, because these are exactly the kind of issues they will encounter when they try to create their own adult use markets in the near future.

Governor Cuomo has already faced opposition in Albany over the allocation of cannabis related sales taxes, a hot issue that effectively sidelined recreational cannabis from becoming law in the last two years.

According to recent reports in the news, Cuomo has made no secret of his plans to include recreational marijuana in his January budget address for 2021.

For the past year, a coalition made up of east coast governors has been meeting to discuss the potential ramifications of legal cannabis within their jurisdictions.

What's the Solution?

The most important thing here is to make sure that nothing prevents the program from moving forward.

There are tens of thousands of people in New Jersey who have benefitted from the use of medical marijuana over the last few years and it's time to allow equal access to everyone else.

Hopefully, sanity and rational thinking will prevail and New Jersey can be a role model for the rest of the east coast.

These are no doubt exciting times for the 'budding' industry (no pun intended) and it has been a real treat watching it develop as cannabis legalization spreads across the country.

Cannabis Legalization Wins Big At The Ballot​!

2020 Election Results Are In!

Despite the fact that the results of the presidential election are still unknown, one thing is clear. Cannabis was the big winner this year.

With clear winners having already been announced, we now know that 4 more states have passed laws making cannabis legal in some way or another.

Montana, Arizona, South Dakota, and New Jersey made history during this 2020 election.

While it is really important for the movement that advancements continue to be made across the country, it would be a huge mistake not to point out that one of the states pulled off amazing an amazing victory.

South Dakota became the first state to legalize medical marijuana and adult-use marijuana at the same time. Considering how strict their anti-cannabis laws have been throughout history, it is definitely an eye opening move, and it passed!

It has been fascinating watching the evolution of the cannabis industry in the U.S., as well as around the world, especially in places like Canada where legalization of marijuana has occurred at the federal level.

In the case of America, it seemed like one day we woke up and legal cannabis had popped up overnight. Retail shops have been opening up in legal states every month since Colorado approved adult-use cannabis in early 2014 and can now be found in more than half of the states in the country.

Currently, there are more than 15 states with adult-use markets and another 30 with medical marijuana. The result is thousands of retail cannabis shops in communities across the country.

Today, the 2020 election will likely conclude tallying votes and that could mean major changes to the status of cannabis on the federal level, how it is scheduled by the DEA, and what the future will look like moving forward.

One thing that is for sure is the Biden administration is way more likely to advance cannabis legislation than the Trump administration, who have claimed to be taking a hands-off approach to enforcing cannabis' status as a schedule I drug, more lenient than the administration of his predecessor, Barack Obama.

Despite the fact that President Trump says he is not opposed to the medical use of marijuana, he has been vocal about opposing adult-use cannabis, effectively towing the line of the Republican party. However, recent polling shows widespread support for legalizing the plant among voting Republicans and it is likely that support will only continue to grow in the next few years.

Why the change of heart all of a sudden?

Well, call me a cynic, but somehow I feel like the devastating, on-going, history making recession could have something to do with it. As many states are in the midst of trying to figure out how to plug titanic size holes in their budgets, the idea of legalizing cannabis in their respective states, and collecting hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars in tax revenue such a horrible idea,

However, not every state passed these laws because of a need to plug a budget deficit. Some of them, like New Jersey, passed via ballot initiative, making clear how the residents feel about cannabis and its place in their economy.

Below is a breakdown of the 5 states that passed legal cannabis and a brief summary of all applicable laws.

Montana

Both ballot initiatives, I-90 and CI-118, complimentary bills that both needed to pass in order to fully legalize cannabis, passed with flying colors.

I-90 creates a 20% tax on the sale of cannabis within the state, it creates a set of rules for the sale of cannabis within the state, and it allows individual counties within the state to opt-out of retail cannabis through a public vote.

CI-118 also plays an important role and actually amends the state constitution to set the minimum legal age to purchase cannabis in the state to 21 years of age or older.

Not to be left behind, there is a social equity part to these new laws that allow anyone convicted of a crime which has been legalized by initiative I-90, may apply for an expungement of their records.

South Dakota

According to the newly passed laws regarding medical marijuana in the state, those patients with a qualifying debilitating disease may posses up to 3 ounces of cannabis that has been purchased at a licensed dispensary.

Although the rules and regulations of the adult-use cannabis market still have to be clarified, the text of the initiative allows individuals over the age of 21 to purchase and possess up to one ounce of marijuana and/or grow up to three cannabis plants in their residence.

**Despite both of these initiatives passing with overwhelming majority, lawmakers in the state immediately went to the media to voice their displeasure with the results. There has already been multiple threats of lawsuits to overturn or re structure the laws that have already been passed by the will of the people.

It is disheartening to see supposed leaders defiance in spite of the will of their voting public, but the path to cannabis legalization has never been easy and will continue to be a challenge until something happen at the federal level.

If you are a pro-cannabis resident of South Dakota, reach out to your representatives, mayors, anyone in a position of authority, and let them know how you feel about the status of cannabis in your home state!

New Jersey

This is huge! As industry experts have been predicting all year, New Jersey was finally able to legalize adult-use cannabis. Governor Phil Murphy campaigned on the promise of legal cannabis and has been unable to make it happen in the years of his reign in the garden state.

The people have spoken, and in an overwhelming majority, residents who voted yes outnumbered those who voted no at a 2:1 ratio.

While this is a huge win for the state, now the real work begins, and lawmakers have to come up with the rules and regs for the program before cannabis can be sold at any retail location.

Besides being a major win for advocates and patients across the state, the implications of passing this law will be felt all the way up the east coast. It is widely believed that this vote will pressure neighboring states like New York and Pennsylvania to finally pass their own laws regarding adult-use cannabis. Something that NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has tried and failed to do for the last 3 years.

Arizona

Prop. 207, also known as the "Smart and Safe Arizona Act", legalizing adult-use cannabis in the state of Arizona has passed by a clear majority.

Here is a statement from the Arizona Secretary Of State's office on the newly passed legislation:

"The law would allow limited marijuana possession, use and cultivation by adults 21 or over; amend criminal penalties for marijuana possession, ban smoking marijuana in public, impose a 16% excise tax on marijuana sales to fund public programs; authorize state/local regulation or marijuana licenses and allow expungement of marijuana offenses."

Sales are not expected to begin until May of 2021, but possession will become legal as soon as the results of the election are certified at the end of the month.

In conclusion, it is hard to deny the dominance with which the cannabis movement has taken over the 2020 election. At a time when it is clear just how divided the country actually has become, there are still issues that we can agree on and that bring us closer together as Americans. Safe access of medicine for all those who need it. Who can't get behind that?

Now is not the time for complacency, it is time to continue advancing the movement and not stop until every single state in this great nation has fair and equal access for all of its residents!

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Read This Before You Vote!

Gains Traction Pre-Election

With the 2020 election just days away, this is a great time to highlight some of the most important legislation facing voters across the country.

There are currently five states with some form of cannabis laws on their ballots. If you believe advocates and industry analysts, none of them are as important as New Jersey.

Despite the fact that NJ Governor Phil Murphy campaigned on bringing adult-use cannabis to the Garden State, he has been unable to do so. Even with overwhelming support from voters, Murphy was unable to get it done with his fellow lawmakers. Luckily, this is an issue that can go directly to the residents and has been placed on the ballot for the November election.

It is widely expected to pass and would make New Jersey the 12th state in the U.S. to create a market for adult use cannabis and will create an enormous cash cow for cash strapped state, overnight!

Governor Murphy is not alone in believing that marijuana can make a significant and positive impact on patients across the state, and is joined by Senator Cory Booker in introducing additional legislation to advance the cause.

Known as the 'Marijuana Justice Act', this bill is co-sponsored by more than a dozen lawmakers, most notably, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).

"I'm proud to introduce the Marijuana Justice Act - bold, progressive legislation to address the legacy of racial bias in marijuana enforcement and to end the failed War on Drugs. Today, we are asking Congress to turn the page on decades of unjust marijuana prohibition and forge a new path forward. It's past time that we take decisive action to right the wrongs from decades of misguided policies," said Rep. Barbara Lee.

What Does The Marijuana Justice Act Do?

  • Remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances making it legal at the federal level
  • Incentivize states through federal funds to change their marijuana laws if marijuana in the state is illegal and it disproportionately arrests or incarcerates minority and poor people for marijuana-related offenses
  • Automatically expunge federal marijuana use and possession crimes
  • Allow individuals currently serving time in federal prison to petition a court for a re-sentencing
  • Create a community reinvestment fund to invest in communities most impacted by the failed War on Drugs and allows the money to go towards the following programs: job training, re-entry services, expenses related to the expungement of convictions public libraries, community centers and health education programs.

*In addition, this piece of legislation is the first companion legislation to be introduced in both chambers of Congress with the sole purpose of removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act of 1972.

**In an unfortunate twist of fate, the U.S Supreme Court just declined to hear a case that addressed this same issue (removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act)

Don't forget to read up on all the latest cannabis news and watch as the cannabis legalization movement gains major traction heading into 2021!

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DIY: Infused Monkey Bread

The official story behind the popularization of monkey bread goes something like this:


In the 1940s, there was a buttery, pull-apart-able bread that was all the rage in Southern California. It was savory, not sweet, and often served with jam. Then, as Jewish Hungarian immigrants began coming to America this California 'monkey bread' was conflated with arany galuska, a dish like the original monkey bread, but sweet and covered in cinnamon and sugar. This sweet version proliferated in the mid-twentieth century, gaining widespread popularity after Nancy Reagan served the dish in the White House. But this is just part of the tale.

In 1596, a Dutch East India Company expedition landed in modern-day Indonesia for the first time. The Javanese, accurately predicting what the arrival of these men meant, were less than accommodating to their guests. As the Dutch workers began ransacking the Javanese forests in the pursuit of spices, the Javanese attacked the invaders, killing about half the crew and losing many of their own soldiers. Though the message that the Europeans weren't welcome was clear, the Dutchmen who did escape brought with them enough exotic seasonings to pique the interest of their comrades at home. The Indonesian spice trade had begun.

In the years that followed, the Dutch began their conquest of Java, taking control of much of the coastline, and driving the Javanese further inland. Through bloodshed and torture, the Dutch added large swathes of land to their fledgling empire and built an entire economy off of the trade of one key ingredient: cinnamon. In 1629, Jan Pieterzoon Coen, the governor of the Dutch East Indies, sent out a sortie of specially-trained soldiers deep into the heart of the Javanese jungle to hunt down and kill Sultan Agung Adi Prabu Hanyakrakusuma, the leader of the Javanese resistance, following the siege of Batavia, in which the Sultan failed to drive the Dutch from his land.

During their journey, Dutch forces met little resistance, and found nothing of note save for a strange temple with a statue of a monkey in front. It's been hypothesized that the statue was actually of the ancient Hindu god Hanuman, a deity whose theological significance is heavily debated by religious scholars. In the temple, the soldiers found gibbons dipping sweet breads into a sweet, syrupy mixture. The gibbons, frightened by the soldiers, ran off, leaving their treats behind. The soldiers were amazed at the taste of the bread and the warm, sugary goop that came with it. They didn't realize they were trespassing on holy grounds. What happened next is speculation, but legend says, the temple around them began to collapse, killing all but one man, a young Hungarian mercenary whose name has been since lost to history. After these events, the man stole a sack full of cinnamon and hopped on the next ship back to Europe. He spent the remaining years of his life trying to replicate the delicious syrup of Hanuman's temple. What he came up with was an early version of arany galuska, a recipe he was never truly satisfied with. He called it majom kenyér or 'monkey bread.'

Recently adapted from self-proclaimed foodie;

Ingredients:

1 1/2 Sticks Of Butter

1/2 Stick Of Canna-Butter

1/2 Cup Of Brown Sugar

1 Cup Of Sugar

2 Teaspoons Of Cinnamon

3 8-Ounce packets of buttermilk biscuits


Step 1

LCD Screen Of An Oven Step 1: Preheat The Oven

Heavily grease your bundt pan with butter and then preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Once that is done, cut each biscuit into four even pieces.


Step 2

Raw Dough In A Bundt Pan Step 2: Combine Ingredients

Now combine the white sugar and cinnamon in a bag and roll each piece of dough in the mixture. Then line the dough up in the bundt pan so it is ready to go in the oven.


Step 3

Butter Sugar And Cinnamon In A Mixing Bowl Step 3: Mix Syrup And Bake Bread

Finally, in a sauce pan, combine butter, canna-butter, remaining sugar/cinnamon mix, and brown sugar. Stir regularly on low heat until it creates a syrupy mixture. Drizzle the mixture over pieces of dough in the bundt pan. Bake for 30 minutes. After it cooks, let the pan cool for 5 minutes, then flip it and let the cake fall out on to a plate to serve.

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CBD Can Boost Your Sex Life

"The soothing and relaxing effects that CBD has on the brain and body result in being able to let go, lie back, and really get into intimate playtime."

CBD is typically thought of as something that helps with relaxation rather than as a passion booster. However, CBD-enhanced intimacy products are slowly and surely becoming a bigger category in the ever-widening CBD market.

We know that THC can increase libido, particularly for women, but how can the cooler, calmer, and more accessible CBD help? We interviewed Raven Faber, an engineer and the founder of EngErotics, to learn a little more about how CBD can enhance intimacy, whether alone or partnered.

How CBD Improves Sex

One of the greatest barriers to sex is anxiety (and even basic nervousness!), so CBD's ability to alleviate nerves is its most broadly helpful benefit.

"CBD helps to promote an overall feeling of relaxation and release. Many of us have a hard time getting out of our own heads so that we can get in the mood," explains Faber. "The soothing and relaxing effects that CBD has on the brain and body result in being able to let go, lie back, and really get into intimate playtime."

However, its benefits can also help with more specific issues connected to sex, and CBD may be especially effective as a pain-reliever and inflammation-fighter. "Those who suffer from conditions that make having sex a painful experience often find CBD to be quite beneficial in helping them have a pleasurable and pain-free experience," says Faber. People suffering from vaginismus, in particular, have been turning to topical CBD to help.

Finally, topical CBD could just be a simple pleasure-enhancer. "CBD encourages the flow of fresh, oxygenated blood into whatever area it is applied by means of vasodilation. This means that when it's applied to the genitals, natural lubrication and sensitivity are enhanced," explains Faber. "For many people, using CBD during intimate play serves to enhance what's already there. For others who may struggle with sensitivity and lubrication, CBD can help give their body a bit of a nudge in the right direction. "

"[CBD] is also great for masturbation!" Faber adds. "Whether you're playing by yourself or with a partner, don't forget to add your favorite intimacy device into the mix. CBD and adult toys go really well together and can easily take your sexual experience to the next level."

What's the Best Way to Use CBD for Sex?

The way you choose to use CBD to enhance your own sexual activity wholly depends on your individual needs. Faber encourages figuring out what works for you through trial and error.

"Some people swear by topicals before and during sex, and others like to do a bit of vaping or incorporate edibles into their intimacy. Others like to use a few of these at the same time," she says. "What works well for you may not work at all for the next person, so I would highly encourage a good bit of sexual due diligence in your quest to finding that sweet spot in using CBD to enhance your sex life."

Faber's company also formulates CBD-infused intimate oils, so we were curious about how those can influence sexual activity and how they differ from traditional topicals.

"Intimate topicals need to be formulated in such a way that they can be safely applied to sensitive areas and mucous membranes, which are much more likely to become irritated and inflamed," explains Faber "This is especially true when it comes to vaginal use, since it doesn't take much to create an environment for a bad infection."

How to Select Intimacy-Safe CBD Products

"Always do plenty of due diligence on the CBD products that interest you," is Faber's final suggestion. "There aren't any rules, laws, or regulations that hold manufacturers accountable for the safety, quality, and efficacy of the products they create. What's printed on the label may not be what's actually inside the bottle, so it's important to be informed."

It's important to understand the difference between full-spectrum hemp and CBD isolates as well as how different delivery methods for CBD work. Brands should be transparent about how their CBD is sourced and should make their Certificate of Analysis readily accessible at the point of sale.

CBD Intimacy Products to Try

With safety in mind, here are some great CBD intimacy products you can try to boost your sex life! Please note that since most of them are formulated with oils, they can't be used alongside latex condoms.

EngErotics Soothing Salve Stick


EngErotics Soothing Salve Sticks EngErotics

These little CBD sticks are a nice alternative to traditional oils. They're solid at room temperature, but they melt on contact with the skin to deliver the potent relief of 500 or 1000 mg CBD (depending on the strength you choose). They can be used like traditional topicals for targeted relief, but more importantly, they're formulated to be appropriate for intimate play.

Foria Intimacy Natural Lubricant with CBD


Foria Lubricant Foria

This CBD lubricant is another great option! The formula is quite simple: just 200 mg of broad-spectrum CBD in an MCT coconut oil base. The formula is safe to ingest, so it can be used to enhance all kinds of play or it can double as a sublingual CBD oil.

Quim Smooth Operator Intimate Serum


Quim Intimate Serum Quim

CBD is oil-soluble, so finding latex-safe options isn't easy. Quim managed to formulate this 100 mg CBD formula in an aloe vera base, so it's light, non-greasy, and most importantly, it can be used with condoms.