Legalization By State 2021

This is a short article about what states have medical marijuana!

Did you know that “What states have medical marijuana?” was among the top questions posed in December 2020 on Google, with around 10,000 inquiries for the “medical marijuana states” term?

The personal use of cannabis has been permitted by 11 states, while other states have introduced medicinal cannabis initiatives for individuals. The remainder continues to uphold federal law’s listing of cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance.

Even though legalization is consistently expanding, explicit cannabis access laws in respective states continue to be ambiguous for several folks. Simply put, people can not keep pace with which state has permitted what in regards to cannabis.

Here is a great reference article from Weed News. It lists medical cannabis states, including their situations for eligibility.

Map of Marijuana Legalization in 50 States (Source: Weed News)

Do you have any details on the developments in these states? Let us know in the comments below!



6 Super Dope Black and Brown Cannabis Blogs To Find Inspiration

If you’re looking for black and brown blogs to follow or if you’re looking to start your own cannabis blog, we have 5 diverse blogs to follow on an array of cannabis niches. Read on!

Blog posts should be engaging with helpful content that makes people want to read more. Successful blog creators know how to communicate with their target audience because they recognize how their audience thinks and feels. If you are looking for dope black and brown cannabis blogs that identify with your needs, here are six blogs to follow to find inspiration.



1. Marijuana Matters Green Light Blog

Marijuana Matters identifies and eliminates barriers to economic opportunity for those disadvantaged by marijuana criminalization.

2. HubCityMama

Marquisa Jones -Founder of Lola’s Kisses, is a mom of five straight out of Compton trying to pursue her dreams, do arts & crafts with the kids, drink water, and do squats while bumping Lil Kim.

3. Texas Cannabis Today

Texas Cannabis Today is a cannabis lifestyle, digital and physical publication that celebrates the best cannabis in Texas. We are here to amplify cannabis education and voices in Texas. We feature entrepreneurs, products and report on the future of technology in hemp.

4. M4MM Blog

M4MM’s mission is to focus on advocacy, outreach, research, and training related to the business, social reform, public policy, and health /wellness in the cannabis industry.

5. Berkley and Alameda County Cannabis Blog

The Farmacy Berkeley design is to make learning about and buying cannabis as empowering and inviting as possible. Education is an enormous part of our mission—we do not just see ourselves as a retailer but as a resource pushing the conversation about cannabis forward and informing those who might be new to cannabis overall.

6. Blunt Blowin’ Mama

Shonitria has developed a presence and platform to aid and inspire other moms who publicly – or may want to – consume cannabis. She acknowledges the need for black and brown cannabis moms in the cannabis industry and welcomes the change with Blunt Blowin’ Mama!

We hope our list has helped you in both design and content if your goal was to find inspiration from a new blog.

Which black and brown blogs do you follow? Let us know in the comments below.


Sativa vs Indica: An Easy to Understand Guide

If you are in a dispensary buying cannabis, you might peep the budtender ask: Indica or Sativa? What is the difference? Well, to get the best medicine, it is essential to understand the differences. So we will show you the most visible differences in their look, scent, and effects.

The two main varieties of cannabis used for medicinal and recreational purposes are Sativa and Indica.



Versus

Many report Sativa’s head-high as an energizing, stimulating effect that can help relieve stress and anxiety and enhance productivity and focus. Indica strains generally give a “body high” effect, such as increasing restful sleep and reducing insomnia.

Numerous effects are generated by individual plants, often from the same species of cannabis. Everything depends on the composition of the plant and the growing process used. Usually, Sativa and Indica are broken-down into particular strains or breeds.

Strains

Strains have specific cannabinoids and terpene materials. These substances are what decide the overall effects. Researchers might still not know what the other cannabinoids do. However, two major ones, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are recognized.

Strains to Recognize

StrainCategoryCBDTHCConditions
Acapulco GoldSativa0.1%15-23%Fatigue, stress, nausea, pain
Purple KushIndica<1%17-22%Chronic pain, muscle spasms, insomnia
Sour DieselSativa<1%20-22%Fatigue, stress, acute pain, mental fog, anxiety, PTSD
Granddaddy PurpleIndica<0.1%17-23%Low appetite, restless leg syndrome, insomnia
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Sour Diesel Vs Granddaddy Purple

At the End of the Day

If you’re curious about how cannabis could benefit you, speak with a doctor or other health professional and join a cannabis group or three. They will explore the possible positive and negative effects to help you find a strain that suits your needs and offer support throughout your journey.

Then, you will start exploring your alternatives. It may take time to find the right solution for you. You could also discover that cannabis isn’t your jam.

You may visit a dispensary and speak to a skilled staff member if you live in a legalized state or an online dispensary for more information. To meet your specific needs, they may be able to suggest unique strains or other products that help you. 

Do you prefer Sativa or Indica to treat your conditions? Let us know in the comments below.



Blogging Your Cannabis Business 101

Cannabis companies have restrictions on how they advertise their products, services, and brands regardless of the growth and the increasing public acceptance of the industry.

When you share interesting and educational blog content that aligns with your target audience, there is a better opportunity for them to share it through their social media profiles with friends and fans. Those shares give you two things: brand awareness and traffic to your site.

61% of US costumers have agreed to have made a purchase based on a blog post or follow advice given by a blogger.

SOURCE

Are you lost as to where to start? We got you covered. Here is a brief intro to get you going.


What is Blogging?

Blogging began in the late nineties. Since 9/11, a ton of new or re-centered sites have redesigned the internet media environment. Today blogging has found its way to being an essential part of online culture.

Think of it as a digital version of journaling. Journal entries evolved from journal logs to web-log. Then from web-log, it was shortened to blog (we(blog).

Why Blog?

People blog for reasons, such as writing about their personal experiences, getting money, sharing knowledge, engaging customers, etc. The most common reason people blog is they get to write out their passion which should be the main reason for blogging for any writer.

If you are here, you have a passion for the plant – blogging offers an avenue to educate your audience and show a personable side to your brand while becoming a trusted brand and a valued member of the community.

Studies show 70% of consumers learn about a company through articles, rather than ads.

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Blogging Best Practices.

Blogs are updated frequently, meaning new content is uploaded several times a week. Also, they allow the reader to engage through comments to discuss topics.

  • Be conversational. Think of it as a two-way conversation.
  • Be a storyteller. Remember Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
  • Keep it under 400 words. Make it short and sweet.

Conclusion

Blogs are a strength. It’s 2021, and if you are a business owner who has not started a blog yet, it should be a primary goal for you.

As long as you have a passion for the topics your write about, people will feel your energy and value your work!

Do you plan to start a blog? Let us know in the comments section below.




1619: The Summer That Connects America, Hemp and African-Americans Forever

There is a piece of history in the United States that ties slavery and the hemp industry. Interestingly, these two go hand-in-hand. At the hand of one man in 1619, to add to that. I imagine you have heard of the year before, but here is how it applies to African-Americans and American hemp.

Our story takes place in the United States in the first permanent English settlement, Jamestown, Virginia. The newly appointed Governor of Virginia, Sir George Yeardley, introduced self-government in the colony on July 30, 1619, calling for the first representative legislative assembly in America.

First Assembly, Yeardly seated in red.


Yeardley granted white male voters new political control then enacted the decree of King James I asking Jamestown the landowners to grow and export 100 hemp plants to help the effort in England. It was encouraged for manufacture because hemp was a fiber resource for sails, cordage, and rough bagging.

Hemp Plant.

While Yeadly proved to be a pinnacle political figure in what would eventually become the United States, he would the same summer make slavery central to America’s development.

On August 20, 1619, when 20+ Angolans were brought to the Virginia Colony by Captain Jope aboard The White Lion, carrying the flag of a Dutch port notorious for its pirates, Yeardly deprived captured people from West-Central Africa of their liberty and freedom.

First captured Africans sold in America.

Governor Yeardley, and his head merchant Abraham Piersey, were the first to go on record to purchase the first Africans to be sold into forced labor, exchanging “20 odd negros” for food. Eventually, Yeardly became one of the largest English slave owners in The Colonies.

In closing, the acts in the summer of 1619, orchestrated by one man who influenced the creation of our country’s greatest disgrace. It is imperative to know our history in the hemp industry as more black and brown people join the cannabis culture and welcome the date as a starting point to reshape our African-American narrative in the United States.

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What tidbits of African-American Hemp history do you know about the industry?

Let us know in the comments below.


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Resources:

1619: The Beginning of Self-Government in Virginia ~ The Imaginative Conservative

History Of Hemp In America » Hemp Frontiers

The Ropewalk | Charlestown, MA Patch

The Forgotten History of Hemp Cultivation in America (farmcollector.com)

1610 to 1619  |  Virginia Records Timeline: 1553 to 1743  |  Articles and Essays  |  Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606-1827  |  Digital Collections  |  Library of Congress (loc.gov)

Legal history of cannabis in the United States – Wikipedia

America’s History of Slavery Began Long Before Jamestown – HISTORY

What we get wrong about the roots of slavery in America – The Washington Post

1619: The First African Slaves In America | BET

Hemp Farming and Slavery: A Story of Exploit and Shame | Cannabis News & Culture: Heady Vermont

America’s History of Slavery Began Long Before Jamestown – HISTORY

Tips for Cannabis Education Content Marketing

Educational content marketing has a double advantage. One, it positions you as an expert in the market. The other clear the haze on a frequently criticized commodity. In the cannabis space, each piece of content produced can enhance the trust of our audience.

However, we know that making an impact takes time and commitment.

Here are four tips for how we can best focus our cannabis education energy.

Identify the Mood

People are undoubtedly more conscious than ever about their quality of life. They may be keener to learn more about cannabis and depression or trying to cultivate cannabis. Develop content that resonates with your target audience’s urgent needs and desires.


Simplify the Products

Folks know less about cannabis than you would think. Researchers at the University of Buffalo and the University of Michigan found little user awareness of cannabinoids and dosages.

The University of Michigan asked regular users what they considered to be appropriate doses of cannabis and CBD. The majority of people did not know, even though two-thirds consume cannabis daily.


Develop a Content Niche

We should carve out a space for ourselves in our journey to communicate the culture of cannabis to our audience. People so much content that they only tune in to important topics. Get to know your audience. What matters to them?


Serialize it

After you’ve developed your content, consider a strategy where you repurpose a subject. You will have the luxury of delving deeper into a topic and building a history as a topic expert for your audience.


Which topics do you discuss with your cannabis audience? Let us know in the comments below.


Resources:

Tips for Successful Educational Content Marketing in Cannabis – Enthuse Marketing (enthuse-marketing.com)

Little Known Facts About Hemp and African-Americans

There were 8,000+ hemp plantations of at least 2000 acres in the U. S. in 1850. No one had as much skill with hemp as the African-American man. For that reason, hemp was known as the “n* crop.” The hemp duties were dirty and so intensive that white men would work on it, leaving tasks entirely to slave labor.

The cultivation dominance stayed in the south, where slaves planted, cultivated, reaped, and processed hemp.



Planting and Harvesting Hemp

The planting season was 120 days long. Hemp plants grew in soil that had been plowed and rotated in the Spring. At the beginning of September, plants were cut down with hemp hooks and dried in the fields.

Past Christmas and rotting, stalks were grouped into stacks to dry and undergo the breaking process. “Hemp breaks” were dragged to the stacks in the fields, then fistfuls of stalks on the two sides of the break were beaten. Slaves who worked on their owner’s plantation or leased out for hemp cultivation looked after the workload.

Though slaves endured arduous labor, there were daily quotas for the amount of harvest and the quantity of lint processed. Allotments were dependent on the age of the workers. A small sum over what was required was balanced. Some slaves earned enough money to purchase their freedom.



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Here’s What Happened to Slaves During Processing Procedures on Hemp Plantations


Did you know enslaved African Americans worked or leased for hemp processing on plantations? The work was arduous labor, made more miserable by the dust and pollen stirred up as they handled hemp.

It was said, many of the hemp slaves developed coughs that took months to go away.



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#BuyBlack | An Interview With Adelina Sanchez of Leafly Therapy



Written by: Adelina I. Sanchez 

Think Different! 

The encouragement of CBD use is now louder and pushed harder than ever. During a global pandemic, months of quarantine, and community & political tension, this has prompted consumers to actively research and find the different types of ailments CBD can help alleviate. The market offers CBD oral drops, pre-rolls, vape pens, edibles, candles, teas, topicals, and more. Like other industries, hype can cause over-saturation and enable a reduction in the integrity of products which could allow entrance for false promises by those looking to make a quick dollar.

I, Adelina Inez Sanchez, am the owner and licensed massage therapist of Leafly Therapy. My mission is to merge both the massage and the cannabis industry to push to the medical forefront. The three components of this business consist of:

  1. Customized medical massage services (to help alleviate symptoms of arthritis, fibromyalgia, M.S., PTSD, menstrual cramps, and more).

2. Bespoke CBD infused skincare products (from body butter, Epsom salt, liquid soap, to personal lubricant).

3. Most importantly, Education (E-book “Green Thumb Guide, for Massage Therapist”)

Rather than riding on the CBD wave, I decided to fully immerse myself in the industry to learn about it before practicing. What makes my company different is my personal experience, my passion, and my expertise on the benefits of CBD and the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is intensive. Leafly Therapy is certified in CBD/THC and the Endocannabinoid System.

I have over ten years of working with the medically fragile, chronically Ill, athletes, PTSD, veterans, and gynecological ailments. Lastly, I wrote an eBook for massage therapists; filled with clinical trials.


#HarvestMoon | An Interview with Tracey Schultz of PuffnPretty



Tracey Schultz rarely saw people who looked like her in the cannabis industry, and fewer products made and catered to the African-American culture. So she decided to be the change and create PuffnPretty, a brand to inspire, educate, and provide products for African-American professional women.

Read on to find out what excites her about being in the industry…


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Let’s Get Lifted!

Drops or salve?

Drops

If you could be a cannabis superhero, who would you be?

Goddess Ganja

What are your top 3 smoking songs?

Mary Jane, Bomb Bud, Fried Day


Background!

I’m Tracey Schultz, mental elevation guru and founder of PuffnPretty.

I currently work as a healthcare business analyst and I am an introvert. I transitioned from prescription drugs to cannabis for my multiple sclerosis diagnosis. I currently balance being a single mom, caring for my dad, career, and entrepreneurship.

I’m interested in creating my own CBD/THC strain and use my brand PuffnPretty to remove the stigma of the plant.


Dab into Business!

How did you get started; why?

I got started by going to hemp conventions. I attended networking events in the Dallas area to become familiar with the industry. I rarely saw someone who looked like me. I didn’t see products made for me that catered to my culture. I decided to be the change and created a brand to inspire, educate, and provide products for women like me.

What’s your niche? How do you stand out from others?

I help professional African American women living with multiple sclerosis feel confident with using hemp to elevate their wellness. I stand out because I focus on creating products for women and represent my culture.

What excites you about being in the industry?

The vast opportunities the industry can provide for African Americans.

I see us owning farms, creating grow houses, creating brands, and strains that cater to wellness. This is our time to seize the industry, make us a priority and establish generational wealth through wellness.


“Plants over pills.”

Tracey Schultz

Pass it Around!

What are your thoughts on CBD businesses as essential, coronavirus, COVID-19, government relief, and/or patient access?

The CBD business is completely essential at this turbulent time. Everyone such as the elderly, children, and pets benefit from CBD. COVID has wreaked havoc on the world. The government smh – we have to save ourselves. Patient access is ridiculously shitty for those living in restricted states.

What are some of the effects COVID-19 has had on you, family, friends, your businesses, etc.?

It has bought about great pain and suffering to everyone and everything. Im looking forward to the light at the end of the tunnel.


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How has your business adapted to the pandemic?

It’s adjusting. I’m still in my starter stages so it’s been a matter of remaining focused on the overall goal and building relationships with those on the same path.

What are some of the experiences people have shared for coming to you during this time?

They are looking to educate themselves more about hemp. Many are expressing the need to learn news ways to cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.



What’s your silver lining?

That we will all do better and be proactive about our health and wellness. 

What’s some advice you have for other CBD businesses?

Keep going. CBD is very necessary and a great business that promotes well being.

What are some tips for self-care during #StayatHome?

Meditate, spend time in nature, do yoga exercises and read.

Do have you any specials, giveaways, discounts you’d like to add?

10% off rolling trays with code PUFF


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Conclusion!

Any Shout outs?

Shouts out to everyone who took the time to read my story, thank you.

How can people find you?

IG: @puffnpretty, FB: PuffnPretty2, & Twitter: @puffnpretty

Website: https://puffnpretty.myshopify.com/

Email
2puffnpretty@gmail.com