CARERS Act Says No To Sessions

Congress uses CARERS Act to stop Jeff Sessions War on Drugs.

Congress recently introduced the CARERS Act in response to the Attorney General. AG Jeff Sessions recently petitioned congress for additional funds to pursue medical and recreational cannabis users. His deep ties to the prison-industrial-complex have raised concerns. That Session’s attempts to target law-abiding citizens is an attempt to enrich himself at any cost.
Sessions is drowning in the Russia scandal and desperate to impress the first president to demand senators grovel publicly. He also recognizes the current president will likely take no action to stop him from shooting every pothead in the nation. The only real thing stopping Sessions from rolling out the nonexistent FEMA coffins is the funding.
The Attorney General claims that his efforts are an attempt to slow the opioid epidemic that professionals prescribed the nation into. But that seems unlikely given how effective cannabis is at treating opioid addiction. Additional concerns about Sessions long history of racial bias and overt discriminatory behavior drastically weaken his position.

The AG wants to reinvigorate a racial war but congress won’t fund it.Youtube Bong

The long-running War on Drugs has produced drastically unequal outcomes across racial and social lines. One in three men of color between the age of 20 and 29 are currently in the criminal justice system. White populations use drugs as often as anyone else, they are 4 times less likely to be arrested for marijuana.
The effect of the war is targeted violence by the dominant group against smaller groups. Such acts are commonly known as racism. While individuals can claim they were “just following orders”, the denial rings as hollow and delusional. The Nuremburg Trials after WW2 established an international consensus about orders. They are not justification for committing acts of evil and terror.
Yet America is a country constantly at war with itself. It claims to be a free democracy and bastion of capitalism, it is anything but. The united states account for 5% of the global population yet account for over 25% of the world’s prisoners. But Sessions doesn’t believe that enough people are in overcrowded cages.
The Justice Department does a lot of good but there is also plenty of vile behavior that it protects. Black men are legally shot dead by police for following that officer’s orders. Homes get invaded and the residents are killed with surprising regularity. Generations of people grow up only knowing the inside of a cell.

Whole communities are ripped apart emotionally, physically and socially.

And it’s not just time behind bars that is the issue; arrests stay with a person, often for life. And the consequences of a criminal record are most dire for the poor. A conviction disqualifies anyone from many social safety nets. Public housing and student financial aid, employment opportunities, child custody determinations, and immigration status evaporate after a conviction.
These are systems overwhelmingly used by poor and minority populations. And it seems that the Justice Department willfully misunderstands basic facts. Sessions continues to refer to the “historic drug epidemic” in his letter but appears to conflate opioids with cannabis.

Despite his desperate pleas, congress told Sessions no.

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced the bill. It allows state medical marijuana laws to supersede current federal prohibition of marijuana. The bill is called the CARERS Act, which stands for the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act.
Rep. Blumenauer said, “The people have been pretty clear that this is something they don’t want the federal government to interfere with.” The legislation allows the different laws legalizing medical marijuana in 30 states, and multiple territories including Washington D.C. to remain.
The CARERS bill submitted through congress but it failed. In 2015, it was the first medical marijuana bill ever introduced into the U.S. Senate. The latest version is better positioned to pass than the original which only had three sponsors. The newest version has six and includes names like Rand Paul, Lisa Murkowski and Al Franken.

Trump is the randomizer on this subject.

While running for president, Trump claimed marijuana laws are a state level issue. He then appointed Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general. Presidential support gives Sessions the daring to ask congress for permission to blow up a functioning portion of the economy.
Sessions sounded like a Hipster Hater when he said, “I believe it would be unwise for Congress to restrict the discretion of the Department to fund particular prosecutions, particularly in the midst of an historic drug epidemic and potentially long-term uptick in violent crime.” Especially after calling the KKK “OK, till I found out they smoked pot”. Sessions continued “The Department must be in a position to use all laws available to combat the transnational drug organizations and dangerous drug traffickers who threaten American lives.”
But the new bill’s proponents argue Sessions’ thinking is flawed. Cannabinoids like cannabidiol (CBD) have been clinically proven to reduce epilepsy and other seizures by up to 45%. Cannabis shows great promise in treating opioid addiction, cancer, mental disorders and many other conditions with minimal side effects.

The bipartisan commission understands the potential consequences.

“I dare him to sit down with families and listen to their stories and then pursue a policy like he’s advocating for now,” Booker says of Sessions’ letter. In addition, allowing states to set their own policies, the CARERS Act would take CBD off the controlled substances list.
The FDA and DEA only recently made CBD a controlled substance. If the decision were reversed, it would allow children to access life-saving medicine. It would be especially impactful in states where medical marijuana isn’t legal.
The bill’s sponsors know it will be difficult to correct the course of the Justice Department. They feel that their bill has the backing it needs to send a message to Sessions. That spending additional time and money pursuing medical marijuana is not OK.

The bill aims to remove current restrictions at Veterans Affairs hospitals.

The legislation removes penalties and procedures currently in place that silence doctors. It would essentially allow doctors to talk about and prescribe pot to their patients. The legislation also allows the nation’s veterans to access legal weed by removing the current restrictions. These policies bar doctors at Veterans Affairs hospitals from prescribing pot to their patients.
But it doesn’t approach the eight states that opted to legalize weed for recreational use. Many of the bill’s proponents promise that those efforts will come later. Washington State should keep an eye out for Sessions and his Hipster Haters. Sessions will eventually find a way around congressional roadblocks.

The full text of the petition can be found at:


10 Best Summer Time Strains to Smoke

Summer is the best season for weed.

Summer is the only season that encourages people to be outside. Maybe it is because summer brings about long days, short nights and plenty of heat. BBQs, fireworks, festivals and parades happen frequently during the summer.
Being outside and active requires a special kind of cannabis to improve the experience. Nobody wants couch-lock when you plan to go on a hike (unless you are trying to get out of it). But having a nice indica with some CBD will go a long way in reducing recovery time after getting home.
Adventures don’t happen alone either. Journeys can go from Harold and Kumar to Rubber real quick with the wrong kind of smoke. People need to converse and follow directions which can be hard with some strains. This list focuses on strains that won’t leave you saying “Dude, Where’s My Car?

Here is a list of strains that are sure to provide a great summer high!

  1. Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel has a distinctly pungent fuel aroma and provides a motivating burst of energy. Sired by an unknown Skunk strain, Northern Lights and Chemdawg, the sativa dominant high reflects its strong lineage. The high is mentally dominant, leaving the body free to enjoy the hot weather. Just be sure not to get lost following festival music because getting distracted is easy on this strain

  1. Strawberry Cough

Coming in at about 80% sativa, this strain provides enough pep to keep any step light. Kyle Kushman developed this strain for Buds and Roses in Los Angeles, California. This is a clone-only cross of Strawberry Fields and Haze. The skunky, berry tones capture the olfactory senses while the cerebral high uplifts in a euphoric way. Users can feel social anxiety melt away as this strain courses through the body.

  1. Amnesia Haze

This is the quintessential strain for a long-lasting, uplifting, energetic high that courses though the body. This number is also known to improve creativity and may result in spontaneous outbreaks of the giggles. Amnesia Haze also has an impressive pedigree which includes two Cannabis Cup wins. The first win was in 2004 and the second was in 2012. It’s easy to see why it is so popular in the Amsterdam coffee shops.

  1. Blue Dream

Blue Dream is available almost anywhere. But due to genetic instability within the strain, it can come out several different ways. Ranging from sativa-dominant to indica-dominant and anywhere in between, this one can be tricky. The sativa dominant variety is the most common and provides the best high. This strain is mainly known for its ability to boost mood, inspire creativity and relaxes the body. All without the couch-lock feeling.

  1. Pineapple Express

This was named after the legendarily rare flower from the movie with the same name. Available across the world, this strain provides a hard-hitting, long-lasting, hybrid high. The energetic buzz is perfect for productive afternoons doing yard work, weekend projects or reaching the next prestige level on a game. The increased focus and awareness provided by this high can be calming or stimulating.

  1. Summertime Squeeze

This sativa-dominant strain has a fresh citrus and tropical fruit smell. Properly cured flower produces a bouquet fit for a tropical paradise. Even low THC cuts provide an intense high though. The energetic high comes on quickly and makes muscles crave getting out and doing something fun. Perfect to pair with a mojito or a hike, this high-energy strain is perfect for people looking to get moving.

  1. Cheeseburger

Who doesn’t love cheeseburgers in the summer? Cannasol Farms of Omak Washington created this amazing strain. This indica-dominant hybrid is sumptuous and heavy like a real burger. While the genetic history of this strain has been lost, it provides everything a summertime smoker could want. Plus, the insane yields it produces makes it a great option for commercial cultivators.

  1. Strawberry Banana

DNA Genetics collaborated with Serious Seeds to produce this 70% indica-dominant hybrid. The companies started with Banana Kush and the ‘strawberry’ phenotype of Bubble Gum. After stabilizing the genetics, the sweet and fruity flavor of the Bubble Gum carried over with the heavy indica effects of the Banana Kush. The high feeling is extremely happy and peaceful but heavy enough to induce a food coma if smoked right after BBQ.

  1. Pineapple Kush

Not to be confused with Pineapple Express above, this is a heavy indica. The breeders name has been lost to history but the strain was cultivated from Pineapple and Master Kush. This provides it with a fruity, almost minty flavor.
Capable of producing high THC and CBD, this strain is great for treating seizures, inflammation and fatigue. The high is heavy, but not overwhelmingly so. It leaves users able to be creative, social or simply active without a lot of headaches.

  1. Sunset Haze

A combination of Tangerine Haze and Rocky Mountain Blueberry, this is a true hybrid. With one parent on each end of the sativa-indica divide, this plant provides a great balance of effects. The flower also bursts with summer colors. The flowers are full of pink, purple, and red hues, in addition to inheriting a medley of flavors.
Ripe berry, and sweet fruit flavors compete for dominance of the aroma. Strong citrus notes play olfactory support which add an invigorating element to the scent. The smell highlights and exemplifies the high as well. It can provide and active and uplifting high that is highly creative and intensely focused. Overindulging feels like getting a heavy blanket pulled over your head. Yet it never seems to result in falling asleep.

Honorable Mentions:

The world of weed is vast but this list is not. There are lots of strains that could have made it on this list. Strawberry Fields, Arjans Ultra Haze, Blueberry, Tangie, and Orange Creamsicle are just a few of the amazing strains that didn’t make this list but could have.

Do you agree with this list?

What strains do you think should have made it on the list? Which would you have cut? Let us know in the comments below!
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Top 7 Sex Toys & Cannabis Accessories for Summer Fun

Summer is here and if you’re looking for some summer loving–solo or partnered–this list will help you out! I chose high quality, innovative items to showcase because I believe your pleasure is worth it! Mindfully combining sex and cannabis means being thoughtful about the products you’re using and the ways in which the materials and quality of the devices impacts your body and pleasure.
Fun Factory Cobra Libre II: For people with penises, this toy is a fantastic addition to the toy collection. According to my lover, it impressively mimics a blowjob with its silicone lips and vibrating core. Lube is a non-negotiable with the Cobra Libre II, it would likely cause discomfort if used without some kind of slippery substance. It’s definitely a toy that can be enjoyed solo or partnered, and is great for alternating with a BJ because it allows the giver a chance to rest their jaw while not having to pause the pleasure.

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Hot Octopuss Queen Bee: I have been waiting patiently for this toy to hit the market and now that June has arrived–the time is upon us! Hot Octopuss revolutionized the sex toy industry when they debuted their oscillating penis toy, the Hot Octopuss Pulse (also known as “the world’s first guybrator,”) in 2014. The oscillation creates a different vibration sensation than other toys I’ve tried, and it was a game changer for penis owners with erectile struggles. Hot Octopuss CEO Adam Lewis decided that this would translate well into a clitoral-focused toy and began developing the Queen Bee. This rechargeable wand features the same oscillation through a plate on one side that made its predecessor so unique. It’s also waterproof, so you can take it in the pool or bath with you!

WARM by Warm Inc.: Why would you want a sex toy warmer in the summer? Because exploring with temperature play is a fun way to bring a sensual experience into your lovemaking! This luxury device is made of vegan leather and a silky warming sleeve that wraps around your toys and warms it to a pleasant temperature in 15-20 minutes–plenty of time for foreplay or a hot bath first! This is especially useful if you own glass, metal, or ceramic toys, but any toy material can be used with WARM. If you’ve never had the experience of using a toy that has been warmed up, give yourself this gift. It’s magical.
credit: Warm, Inc.

VapeXhale Evo: I cannot say enough good things about this desktop vaporizer. I love being able to choose the temperature settings and that the convection heating element works equally well for flower and concentrates. I especially love how lightweight it is. My Evo lives on a nightstand at the foot of my bed, and the long cord makes it easy to bring into bed with me. My partners have been loving it, and especially enjoy the taste of flower when vaping at lower settings. This is fantastic for summer fun because it lets you stay inside where it’s cool rather than having to go outside to smoke. It also keeps your indoor space from getting smoky, which is great if you live in a shared housing situation with roommates or in an apartment complex.
We-Vibe Wish: One of the newest toys in the We-Vibe lineup, the Wish has double the power of Tango–We-Vibe’s lipstick sized external vibrator. It also feature bluetooth capabilities, so you can control the vibe with your own phone through the We-Connect app, or offer control to your partner! There’s also an in-app photo and text messaging feature, allowing you to stealth sext. The outside is a soft matte silicone that has a bit of squish at the tapered tip (it feels a bit like a tongue!) and offers deep, rumbly vibrations.

CBD Ganja Gum by The Good Gum Company: Produced in Oregon as a THC-infused chewing gum, this gum is also available in CBD-only form in all 50 states This 5mg CBD Ganja Gum is great for consuming on the go, and since CBD doesn’t cause psychoactive effects, you can enjoy this gum no matter where life takes you. I love CBD for sexy times because it helps alleviate any physical discomfort you may be feeling while also helping to quiet your mind–not to mention freshening your breath to make you extra kissable!
LEVO Oil Infuser: I only recently became aware of this infuser and I have to say–it’s pretty high on my summer shopping list. The possibilities are endless! LEVO allows you to choose time and temperature and decarboxylates your flower in the process.The resulting infused oil can be used for such benign purposes as a salad dressing or topping for popcorn, or you could infuse a body friendly oil like coconut oil and use it for sexy fun times by using it as a massage oil or applying it to the vulva in your life. The best part of infusing your own oil is that–assuming you’re using lab-tested flower–you have complete quality control and can take comfort knowing that your oil is free of molds, pesticides, and anything else you don’t want to be putting in your body.
What’s on your summer must-have list, either for cannabis accessories or sexy fun times? I’d love to hear about it!

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These 12 States Consume the Most Marijuana

The United States is still feeling the effects of the 2016 Election. A lot of controversy surrounds the results of the Presidential portion of Election Day. However, many states voted in favor across the board on one particular item this past year – to legalize marijuana.
Nine states voted on marijuana laws, resulting in eight states favoring the use of the medicinal plant. Now, more than half of the states in America allow the use of marijuana in some form. This past election season has brought the current tally up to 29 states plus the District of Columbia.
There are two different ways that marijuana is regulated in the U.S.A. It is regulated both recreationally and medicinally. Therefore, in some states one or the other may be legal. In others, it may be both.
Recreational laws are much like drinking laws. You have to be at least 21 to buy cannabis. The second regulation is medicinally. This is where a specialist writes you a prescription for a strane that will placate to your needs, whether it be depression, anxiety, eating disorders, HIV, etc.  
Out of the 29 states, as well as D.C., here are the 12 that consume the most marijuana.

  1. California

Legalizing marijuana medically in 1996, California was the first state to vote in favor of marijuana in the United States. However, the west-coast state only voted this past election season to legalize it recreationally. With 4,633,000 users, California has the most total users in the United States. However, with a population of 39.25 million, only 14.9% of Cali residents use marijuana, ranking the Golden State at the bottom of this list percentage-wise.

  1. Michigan

Marijuana has been medically legal for almost a decade, as Michigan passed a law in favor of it in 2008. Since then, 1,304,000 of the 9.93 million that populate the Wolverine State use marijuana as treatment for their ailments. That makes 15.6% of the state marijuana users.

  1. New Mexico

New Mexico is currently in its tenth year of legalized medical marijuana. However, there seems to be no shift any time soon as it comes to legalizing it recreationally. Many states have a tendency to begin with the decriminalization of marijuana prior to making the plant recreationally legal. However, in New Mexico, a maximum marijuana fine can still carry up to $5,000. Of the 2.08 million that inhabit the Land of Enchantment, 267,000 people use medical marijuana, making up 15.6% of the population.

  1. New Hampshire

House Bill 573 passed in 2013, making medical marijuana legal in New Hampshire. Of the 1.33 million who call The Granite State Home, 194,000 people use medicinal marijuana. That makes for 17.1% of the state benefitting from the plant.

  1. Massachusetts

Massachusetts took a big stand for cannabis in 2008, when it decriminalized possession of the plant to $100 for less than an ounce. The New England-based state also voted yes to Question 2, legalizing medical marijuana that year as well. It wasn’t until this past election where Massachusetts citizens voted yes to recreational marijuana. Now, 989,000 of the 6.81 million residents of Massachusetts use marijuana, which equals 17.6% of the state.

  1. Rhode Island

The smallest of the United States is one of the smokiest. With only 1.6 million people in the coastal state, 170,000 use marijuana medically. With such a small population, that means 18.7% use marijuana to treat their illnesses.

  1. Maine

Maine was one of the first states to legalize marijuana medically, as they passed a bill in 1999. However, recreational marijuana only became legal this past election. With 1.33 million people living in the Pine Tree State, 224,000 use marijuana in some form. That means that 19.4% of the northernmost part of New England are marijuana users.

  1. Washington

The Evergreen State sure does love its green. In 2012, Washington voted to legalize marijuana recreationally and medically. Now, 1,105,000 of the 7.29 million who live on this Canadian border-state use marijuana. Edging out Maine by a hair, 19.5% of Washingtonians participate in marijuana consumption.

  1. Alaska

The 49th State was not one of the last to legalize marijuana. Back in 2014, Alaska voted yes to both recreational and medicinal marijuana. Now, 114,000 of the 741,894 Last Frontier residents use marijuana in some form, making up 19.5% percent of the largest state in America.

  1. Vermont

The home of Bernie Sanders loves their marijuana. Cannabis became legalized medically back in 2004, and has been decriminalized numerous times since. In 2016 and 2017, bills have passed and stalled to legalize the plant recreationally. However, it is widely believed that The Green Mountain State will get greener in 2018. As for now, 108,000 people out of 624,594 use the plant, which makes for 19.8% percent of the state.

  1. Oregon

Oregon is well-known for its greener lifestyle. That’s what makes it an easy number 2 on our list. Since 2014, 646,000 of the 4.9 million people living in Oregon consume marijuana either recreationally or medicinally. That measures out to 19.9% of the state utilizing the plant.

  1. Colorado

No other state may be more synonymous with marijuana than the forerunner of ending the prohibition on recreational weed, Colorado. As of 2012, the Rocky Mountain State has been the standard bearer of marijuana, producing billions of tax revenues that have gone toward schools and infrastructure. 909,000 of the 5.54 million in Colorado use the plant recreationally and medicinally. That makes for 21.6% of the state’s residents marijuana users.

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GMO Weed Coming to Stores Soon

People have been genetically modifying weed since the beginning.

Ancient farmers grew cannabis plants with specific goals in mind. The different goals produced two distinctly new variations or phenotypes of cannabis. The two GMO variants are known as cannabis sativa and cannabis indica. Our ancestors used selective breeding to modify the genetics of cannabis ruderalis to create what we currently recognize as weed.
Selective breeding is a great example of the basic concept of genetically modified organisms. By only breeding plants with the best traits, later generations display more desired traits. Both still have the same level of development, one is just more useful.
South African plants need to be tall enough to reach above the scrub brush to get enough light. Sativas like Durban Poison grow incredibly tall because of having South African genetics. But cannabis from the Hindu Kush mountains grow short and dense enough to resist the high winds. Breeding them together may pass on the cold resistance of the Hindu Kush, and/or the height of the Durban Poison.

The race is on to find a better way.

Researchers at Phylos Bioscience launched the Cannabis Evolution Project last year to map the genome of marijuana. By documenting the specific genetic markers of cannabis, the team adds real data to the collective body of knowledge. Phylos also provides producers with a time-stamped certificate of authenticity that helps establish and defend intellectual property rights.
Phylos also shares the sequence data in the Open Cannabis Project’s database. Although they don’t share data without permission. The process prevents companies like Monsanto from capitalizing on weed by securing exclusive patents to specific strains.

Advancements in genetic engineering are coming

Genetic engineering is defined as manipulation of the genetic code or DNA. Plants and animals can be genetically manipulated because both have DNA. Each strand of DNA contains instructions for how, where and when cells should grow. The whole sequence is called the genome. We are quickly learning about the complex code that makes up the genome of cannabis.
Mice were the first creatures to have their DNA manipulated. Scientists managed this feat back in the 1970s. Plants weren’t modified until the 1990s. Through intense study and experimentation, we can predictably enhance certain qualities in a wide range of organisms.
Using modern genetic tools like CRISPR, we can cut and paste different genetic sequences. Researchers can use CRISPR to create indicas that grow tall like sativas, hybrids that produce trichomes in veg or instill UV light responsiveness.

GMO crops are becoming increasingly common.GMO Weed

Just over 20 years ago, the first genetically modified crops entered the market. After only two decades, GMO crops have flooded food and agricultural markets. GMO’s are adopted by industry after industry and change the very face of agriculture in the process.
Most soybean, corn and canola crops produced today are genetically modified. These crops fight off pests, resist disease and produce more stable products. Commercial farmers have adopted these GMO crops in part because of increased consistency.
Marijuana farmers are always looking to increase the consistency and potency of their crops. A GMO crop that promises to fight off pests, diseases, and resist cold would be mighty tempting. Especially if that crop produced commercial quantities of flower.