From presidential hopefuls to sport stars, here’s what been happening in the world of cannabis.
The race for the next U.S. president is on. Moving past all the speeches and the antics, let’s understand how the candidates really feel about marijuana.
Former U.S. vice-president and Barack Obama’s BFF, Joe Biden states that cannabis should remain an “illegal misdemeanor” until further research. But earlier in February Politico released an audio clip from Biden’s visit to New Hampshire, in which the candidate was heard saying, “I think it is at the point where it [weed] has to be, basically, legalized.”
Meanwhile, Pete Buttigieg openly supports medical marijuana and has spoken out against the war on drugs, saying, “…incarceration creates more harm than it was intended to solve.”
However, in an interview with journalist Jeff Fard, Buttigieg was handed an imaginary blunt, and looked too startled to pretend to take a hit, and instead passed it along. Although the Democrat has said he’s tried pot before, he admits it was a long time ago. So it might be safe to assume he won’t be lighting up anytime soon.
Lastly, it’s no secret that U.S. President Donald Trump is not in favour of marijuana legalization. Marc Lotter, director of strategic communications for Trump’s 2020 campaign, said in an interview recently that Trump isn’t looking to legalize weed or any other illegal drugs. “I think what the president is looking at is looking at this from a standpoint of a parent of a young person to make sure that we keep our kids away from drugs,” Lotter said. “They need to be kept illegal. That is the federal policy.”
Grammy-winning artist Toni Braxton was diagnosed with lupus in 2008, a disease in which the body’s immune system attacks itself, wreaking havoc on the body’s tissues and organs. Often, people with lupus experience a numbing pain that leaves them unable to move.
When the prescription meds weren’t cutting it, the R&B singer gave CBD a shot to manage pain. When Braxton tried a CBD topical from U.S.-based hemp company Uncle Bud’s “…20 minutes later I was like, ‘Oh wow, I feel better.’”
The singer, however, does not use traditional marijuana products. “I’m very leery of anything I’m putting on my body, and these are just products that happen to really work and I really believe in it,” says the singer who has now partnered with Uncle Bud’s.
Greg Robinson, Cleveland Browns offensive tackle, and the Montreal Alouettes’ Quan Bray, were slammed with a federal charge for possession with intent to distribute drugs. The two were stopped at a checkpoint in Texas near the Mexico border, TMZ reports. If found guilty, the pair could face up to 20 years.
The search team allegedly found multiple large bags of vacuum-sealed weed weighing 157 pounds, glass jars and other packaging goods as well as US$3,100 in cash. Robinson and Bray were teammates back in the day at Auburn University.
Elias Theodorou was awarded a Therapeutic Use Exemption for medical pot by the B.C. Athletic Commission, which is the first of its kind in the MMA world. This essentially means that the Toronto native is now allowed to use his medical cannabis prescription and can’t get in trouble for testing positive for cannabis use in competitions.
Theodorou suffers from bilateral neuropathic pain in his wrists and elbows. He says he is, “grateful both as a patient and an athlete” for this exemption. “I remain committed to fighting the negative stigma of medical cannabis, not only for myself, but for all athletes.”
Seth Rogen has launched three cannabis strains with Houseplant and Canopy Growth, so The GrowthOp’s Brad Martin checked them out to see if they were worth the hype.
Only available in Newfoundland, B.C. and Ontario right now, the products are called Sativa, Hybrid and Indica, all coming in at $13.61/g (the average cost is about $10.23/g). Martin’s reviews? The Sativa was overpriced, the Hybrid was good but could use some work, and the real winner was Indica.
Written by Skyler Ash