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Granddaddy Purple Strain Review (GDP)

Granddaddy Purple Strain Review

Granddaddy Purple Strain Review (GDP)

Granddaddy Purple Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Ruby Farms/ Dispensary – Somewhere Dispensary

Indica THC 22.16% CBD 0.01%

Terpenes – Linalool, Humulene and Myrcene

Bud Buzz:  Granddaddy Purple strain is a beautiful and potent cannabis strain that sneaks up you, in a good way. There is about 15% Sativa in this cannabis strain. It’s a perfect amount to keep a good head buzz going but this strain is mostly a body buzz type of high.  With large dense buds that are a muted green mixed with all hues of purple tones and some orange, Granddaddy Purple is dripping with trichomes. Once you break up these huge buds, they are not too sticky and make for easy grinding.  The aroma and taste is similar and you will first notice the earthiness with some sweet berry and very light floral as the undertones.  The smoke from this cannabis strain does linger so plan your smoke session with that in mind.

Buzz Effects

This cannabis strain is somewhat of a creeper weed.  If you smoke a few hits and stay seated you may not notice how high you are until you have to move, speak or really do any type of activity. It’s best to start off slow with this strain until you know how it will affect you.  The first sensations with Granddaddy Purple strain are a chilled and relaxed feeling. Mostly felt as slow moving and almost rhythmic body waves.  The head buzz is slightly euphoric and happy but takes a back seat to the body buzz.  You will feel sleepy with this strain. For some people that feeling hits right away and for others it builds slowly over the course of an hour or two.

It’s not the longest lasting cannabis strain. You can expect your buzz to last about 3 hours or until you fall into a deep blissful sleep, whichever comes first. Can easily become a couch lock cannabis strain unless you stay active and move around.  If you decide to chill on the couch, expect to feel a heaviness to your buzz, in a good way.  It almost feels like the couch is pulling you from within.  A bit strange in terms of sensations but overall very relaxing.  Granddaddy Purple is good for mild to moderate pain, especially muscle pain.  It is also great for stress, anxiety and insomnia.  The negatives are dry mouth and red dry eyes. Eyedrops are a must.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – You will probably want to pre hydrate before your smoke session with water and then move on from there.  As this cannabis strain can be a couch lock one, keep those drink options within easy reach. If you lose motivation to visit the kitchen you can still manage any dry mouth.  If you want to boost your energy during your buzz and hold off sleep for a while, caffeinated drinks are the best way to do it.  Or, if you want something refreshing try a spiced chai with ice, delicious.

Munchables – The munchies will come on fairly quickly, even before 30 minutes and for most people, are intense.  Granddaddy Purple is known for stimulating the appetite so you may want to prepare some snacks before you smoke so that you have easy to reach options.  Cheese dip with chips or pieces of bread are an excellent savory choice.  If you are craving something sweet, a brownie sundae with all the toppings is the way to go!

Doables – Granddaddy Purple strain is a pretty mellow cannabis strain and is best for evening use or on a lazy day when napping is part of the day’s schedule.  For some people this cannabis strain is known to increase feelings of arousal and if you are one of those lucky people, it should be easy to decide how best to spend your buzz.  If this cannabis strain does not get your libido going, then it may be time to relax with a good movie or some music and enjoy your buzz solo.

Be sure to check out: Miracle Alien Cookies Strain Review and Chocolate Hashberry Strain Review

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Miracle Alien Cookies Strain Review

Miracle Alien Cookies Strain Review

Miracle Alien Cookies Strain Review

Miracle Alien Cookies Strain aka MAC

Factoids:  Grower – Dragon Smoke/ Dispensary – Somewhere Dispensary

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 25.30% CBD 0.01%

Terpenes- Limonene, Pinene and Caryophyllene

Bud Buzz:  Miracle Alien Cookies strain aka MAC is an Indica dominant hybrid strain that is only slightly Indica dominant making it a fairly balanced hybrid.  This cannabis strain has smallish round buds that are a light green with plenty of orange hairs and absolutely covered with trichomes.  The buds are extremely sticky so if you want to grind your cannabis before packing a bowl or rolling a blunt, you will need to dry it out for an hour or two before grinding it. The smell and flavors are complex.  Think of a combination of oranges, light floral, earthiness with a slight mint finish.  Delicious but quite the complex flavor profile.

Buzz Effects

You can expect your buzz to last nearly for about four hours with this cannabis strain.  MAC comes on strong from the first hit or two with what can only described as a relaxed upbeat happiness.  With this cannabis strain you will feel that body buzz and head buzz equally and the feelings of intense happiness are amazing.  All is right with the world with this strain.  The body buzz is also very intense but you are in no way couch locked. The very pungent smoke from MAC lingers for quite a long time after your session is over so be sure to air out your smoke spot or head outside if possible.

Both a talkative and creative strain, it’s excellent for collaborations with fellow stoners, or anyone that is open to interesting ideas and projects.  Miracle Alien Cookies strain also gives some people fits of laughter making it great for movie night, maybe not as great for work Zoom sessions, unless you happen to be a screenwriter of comedies.  If you smoke a lot there is a possibility you may feel a little dizzy when you stand up so keep that in mind if you are planning on an extended cannabis session. The perfect cannabis strain for depression, stress and anxiety.  MAC can also help with mild pain.  The only negatives are dry mouth and slightly dry eyes.

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Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – As Miracle Alien Cookies has such a complicated flavor profile, you may want to stick with simple ways to keep yourself hydrated, starting with plain water.  You can also boost your buzz a bit with a caffeinated drink like soda or an energy drink.  Orange juice in particular is also refreshing with this cannabis strain.  If you plan to drink alcohol, be careful how much you consume as it might increase your dizziness when you stand up.

Munchables – The munchies are common with MAC and usually hit after about 30 minutes to an hour.  As this cannabis strain is complex, consider having some complex or unique snacks.  Chocolate hummus with sliced apples or mangoes is a delicious way to satisfy your sweet cravings.  For savory food lovers, get creative with your sandwich making skills and list of ingredients.  If it can fit on bread, consider adding it to your sandwich.

Doables – Miracle Alien Cookies strain is such a versatile cannabis strain that provides a longer lasting buzz so make use of that time and do a variety of things.  Maybe begin your buzz with a Zoom collab session with some creative friends who enjoy a good laugh.  Then settle in for a movie night or explore some music you have been meaning to listen to as you relax in a comfy chair.  You can choose a physical activity but nothing too strenuous.  A nice stroll around your neighborhood is a good way to enjoy the last hour of your high.

Be sure to check out: Chocolate Hashberry Strain Review and Godfather OG Strain Review

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Godfather OG Strain Review

Godfather OG Strain Review

Godfather OG Strain Review

Godfather OG Strain

Factoids:  Grower – TLO Farms/ Dispensary – The Herb Center

Indica THC 23.20% CBD 0.01%

Terpenes – Myrcene, Caryophyllene and Humulene

Bud Buzz:  Godfather OG strain is a heavy hitting Indica strain that provides a long lasting body high, assuming you stay awake long enough to enjoy the full four hours of stoned happiness.  The buds are dense and muted light green in color, with a lot of orange hairs throughout as well as a ton of icy trichomes.  The buds are not overly sticky so you can grind them easily. The smell and taste are similar, and all about earthy goodness with a hint of pine and the taste has both earthiness and pine with a surprising grape aftertaste.

Buzz Effects

After you smoke just one or two hits the feeling of total and complete body relaxation follows immediately.  Waves of happy contentment wash over you as you ride the beautiful body waves.  This cannabis strain should not be underestimated in terms of potency. Newbies should be careful the first few times as too much Godfather OG can cause dizziness for some stoners.  You will want to be cautious when getting up. Even cannabis connoisseurs may be surprised by the power of this strain.

Godfather OG strain is definitely a couch lock cannabis strain but extreme sleepiness does not come on right away. You can chill for a few hours before falling into a blissful and long night’s sleep.  Another side effect of this cannabis strain is hunger and extreme munchies. It’s great for anyone who suffers from nausea or problems with a poor appetite.  It is an obvious powerful medicine for insomnia. Also great for mild to moderate pain, especial headaches and body aches.  Godfather OG is the perfect strain for stress, anxiety and depression.  Even if you are not a huge Indica fan, this strain is good to have around for those times that you just need to relax and unwind after a stressful day.  The negatives are dry mouth, some dry eye issues and if you smoke too much, dizziness.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables – To help with the dry mouth that accompanies Godfather OG, drink some water before you start smoking and keep other liquids close by as the couch lock can be fairly intense, especially the first hour and you may not feel motivated to get yourself something to drink until you are dealing with Sahara like conditions.  Carbonated drinks are really a refreshing choice, so if you are a soda person, grab your favorite kind and if not you can always go with LaCroix or a similar brand.  As this cannabis strain is quite sedative, if you need a caffeine boost, try coffee, tea or an energy drink.

Munchables – The munchies are a big part of a Godfather OG strain high and you can expect to feel those first hunger rumblings after about 30 minutes.  As you will not likely be super motivated to prepare a multi-course meal from scratch, think convenient but relatively healthy. Pasta with some chicken and veggies or just veggies is a great savory option.  Still hungry?  Did you forget to heat up the garlic bread?  If you are craving sweetness, berry pies are a nice way to end a pasta feast or even berries with whipped cream or ice cream, or both!

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Doables – This cannabis strain is not going to inspire you to go for a hike or practice your new dance moves.  That does not mean you should just lay on the couch until you fall asleep, unless you really want to.  Music and colors are a special companion to this cannabis strain so take advantage of this and listen to some new music, maybe break out those paints or colored pencils and sketch something.  Even watching a movie that has colorful special effects can be an amazing experience.

Be sure to check out: Gelato #45 Strain Review and Girl Scout Cookies Strain Review

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Vortex Strain Review

Vortex Strain Review

Vortex Strain Review

Vortex Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Bondi Farms/ Dispensary – Hashtag Cannabis

Sativa dominant Hybrid THC 26.02% CBD 0.09%

Terpenes- Terpinolene, Beta Caryophyllene and Limonene

Bud Buzz: Vortex strain is a cannabis strain that lives up to its name.  It takes you to new heights of euphoria and elation, allows you to focus on just about anything and those effects are fairly long lasting for a Sativa hybrid, a few bong hits will do for even the most seasoned cannabis connoisseurs for at least three hours or more.  Vortex buds are very bright green, covered with trichomes and the smell and taste are very spicy and tropical.  The smell is intense and delicious, however unless you have a very private smoke spot, your neighbors may not feel the same so keep that in mind before you light up.

Buzz Effects

Vortex, like a good hybrid, provides you with the benefits of both a Sativa and Indica however you will first feel the Sativa with a very cerebral all-encompassing buzz.  For experienced stoners who want to take things to the next level, you can take a few more hits and feel even more mentally charged and elevated.  One caution for newbies with this strain, if you are at all prone to or concerned about anxiety or paranoia, start slow and wait at least 30 minutes before you smoke more.  Yes this cannabis strain is that intense!  As the hours pass the Indica element of this strain will leave you feeling relaxed and happy.

It is a perfect daytime into evening strain for those who want to take their high, to new heights and see what creative things they are truly capable of doing.  A great brainstorming and problem solving cannabis strain. Perfect for increasing energy levels, unlocking creative thoughts and dealing with depression.  A good strain for mild pain management and fatigue.  Good things do come with some negatives and Vortex is no exception.  You can expect dry mouth, dry eyes and again, this strain may not be for newbies or those concerned about paranoia. Unless you have a high tolerance, start slow.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– Liquids are a must and starting your hydration before your start your buzz just makes good stoner sense.  So throw back a glass of water as you are prepping your bong.  Once you are good and high, move to more flavorful liquids like sweet tea or a flavored sparkling water.  You may even want to try a few hard candies just to keep those salivary glands working, the more tart the flavor, the better.

Munchables– Vortex doesn’t really cause out of control munchies but you will definitely want to keep some snacks on hand to fuel your creative pursuits.  Think cheese and fruit, or peanut butter, almond butter or honey on bread or celery.  If you need more of a substantial treat, think pasta with some olive oil and veggies, to keep things somewhat healthy.

Doables– This cannabis strain will inspire you to be your best creative self and you should definitely try to take advantage of the happy energy Vortex provides.  You can be social if you want as conversation is relatively easy, even for those with social anxiety.  If you suffer from writer’s block or painter’s block, Vortex is the strain for you.  It takes about 30 minutes for you to really hit that productive stride so enjoy the journey before you unleash your creative genius.

Be sure to check out: Ice Cream Cake Strain Review and Mangolicious Strain Review

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Ice Cream Cake Strain Review

Ice Cream Cake Strain Review

Ice Cream Cake Strain Review

Ice Cream Cake Strain

Factoids:  Grower – Cloud 9 Farms/ Dispensary – Hashtag Cannabis

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 21.33% CBD 0.03%

Terpenes- Beta Caryophyllene, Limonene and Linalool

Bud Buzz:  Ice Cream Cake strain is an excellent cannabis strain for when you just need to clear out all of the day’s stress and negative energy and have a relaxing night.  A decidedly Indica dominant hybrid that has relatively small but dense buds, bright green in color with some purple in the mix as well. Ice Cream Cake is a super frosty cannabis strain, just dripping with trichomes. The smell and flavor are similar, think earthy cheese or a smoked Gouda type smell and flavor.  The smell if you are smoking a joint, or from a pipe or bong tends to linger so make sure you plan ahead for that.

Buzz Effects

From the first toke you will start to feel your body relaxing and the slight head buzz hits almost right away too, which makes it a perfect hybrid.  Ice Cream Cake allows you to feel relaxed, euphoric with a little bit of energy. As your buzz progresses you will lose some of that head buzz and the body waves will become much more dominant.  Enjoy this part of your high, it will last for quite a long time, up to four hours, with the last hour leaving you pretty sleepy and ready to chill out in bed or on the couch.

No real couch lock with this cannabis strain though, just a gentle progression from being super stoned and alert to stoned and sleepy. The perfect strain for stress, anxiety, depression and those who struggle with insomnia.  Also this strain works well for people who need help with nausea.  There is a significant issue with dry mouth but as long as you stay hydrated it improves over the course of your buzz.  No other negatives.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– You will need to hydrate a little bit before you begin getting stoned with this cannabis strain, just to keep that initial dry mouth under control.  Plain water is best for that and then you can move to other liquids once you are nice and baked.  If you want a little more energy to your buzz, go with a caffeinated drink like flavored coffee or a soda.  If you want to embrace the full Indica effects of Ice Cream Cake, you could have a glass of wine or beer, not too much alcohol though, you don’t want anything to interfere with your high.

Munchables– The munchies are part of the experience with this cannabis strain and you can expect them to hit pretty hard at around the hour mark.  If you want to satisfy a craving for savory food, embrace the cheesy aroma of the strain and go with some loaded nachos.  If you need something sweet, carrot cake is a delicious way to end your day.

Doables– As Ice Cream Cake gives you a pretty chill buzz you may want to plan some chill activities like a movie night on Netflix with some friends or an evening listening to or playing music to help you completely unwind.  You won’t need much additional help with this cannabis strain though.  It is not a super social strain but you may be in the mood for games, either online or actual board games.  Laughing comes very easily with Ice Cream Cake, which is always a good thing in a cannabis strain.

Be sure to check out: Mangolicious Strain Review and Gold Goat Strain Review

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Recreational Marijuana Legalization in Israel Pushes Forward

Marijuana Legalization in Israel

Marijuana Legalization in Israel

Recreational marijuana legalization in Israel is continuing to move forward. They have developed a road map to legalize possibly within one year. Israel is modeling their plan based on Canada’s legalization model and would push to create a regulated market for recreational marijuana products.

Israeli Cannabis Magazine reported that Avi Nissenkorn, Israel’s justice minister, stated a legal memo should be released by the end of this month. It would then be presented to the Knesset in December for a first vote. If approved, Nissenkorn said the law would go into effect in approximately nine months.

The proposal comes just one week after New Zealand narrowly rejected a movement to set up a billion-dollar market for controlled recreational use marijuana.

in the Times of Israel newspaper, Nissenkorn also stated, “It is time to generate progress and legalize marijuana in Israel. This is a significant, holistic and responsible reform, which suggests that the State of Israel is not ignoring reality and is going in the footsteps of developed nations.”

Israeli Cannabis Magazine reported that Israel’s proposed model is expected to resemble Canada’s. The model will start with a strong emphasis on public health and carving out a large enough playing field for legal companies.

Proponents of the initiative are planning to hold the first of three essential votes in the Knesset in December, ahead of its potential dissolution for a general election. By completing the initial vote, or reading, it would enable parliamentarians to pick up where they left off after the election.

The announcement comes four months after an interministerial committee began meeting to discuss how to govern a possible legal recreational marijuana market.

Significant Tax Revenue Expected

“Research institutes that analyzed the industry discovered that the value of the Israeli illegal marijuana market is over NIS (New Israeli Shekels) 6 billion annually ($1.7 billion), which should bring Israel roughly NIS 2 billion annually from taxes and as much as a billion more from savings in enforcement resources.” A study found that Israel could make 11.3 billion-19.6 billion NIS in tax revenue in the first five years of a legalized and regulated marijuana industry.

Two marijuana related bills are now being combined based on recent studies. Those bills were introduced as private-member proposals earlier in the year but faced little probability of acceptance without being sponsored by the Israeli government. The joint bill is expected to lay the groundwork for anybody in Israel 21 years of age or older to purchase adult-use marijuana products.

There are small differences to Canada’s legalization roadmap. For instance, the bill isn’t anticipated to allow home farming. That component has been demonstrated to be a successful market in Canada.

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Connecticut House Speaker says Cannabis Legalization is “Inevitable”

Marijuana Legalization in CT

Marijuana Legalization in CT “Inevitable”

Matt Ritter, the incoming Connecticut House of Representatives speaker said on Tuesday that cannabis legalization is “inevitable.” Due to Connecticut surrounding jurisdictions enacting changes in their marijuana legalization policies. This is a good news for marijuana legalization in CT.

During a recent briefing, Matt Ritter (Democrat), House Speaker-designate, was asked about strategies to encourage economic recovery amid the coronavirus pandemic and specifically whether legalizing marijuana to create tax revenue would be a part of their strategy.

Ritter stated, “Look, I really don’t want to get into policy discussion. We’ve got a caucus we have to have, but marijuana has been a long time, I have said I think it is inevitable at some stage, particularly when your neighboring states do it.” Ritter also said, “we do not have earnings yet so it’s quite tough to say where we are going to be.”

While Ritter stopped short of committing to a deadline to pass legalization legislation, the opinions bode well for the prospects of marijuana legalization in CT reform in 2021.

Ritter confessed that surrounding states are implementing cannabis policy changes, which is adding pressure to Connecticut to pass similar legislation so revenue opportunities don’t go out of state. There has been ongoing talks about the need to organize legalization plans from a regional viewpoint. Those talks are being ramped up since New Jersey voters approved a marijuana legalization referendum this past week.

Connecticut Governor, Ned Lamont (Democrat), said last week that marijuana legalization in CT will improve public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic by preventing cannabis tourism to surrounding states. Lamont also stated that officials have “got to think regionally in regards to how we deal with the pandemic and I believe we need to think regionally in regards to cannabis legislation.”

Lamont and other policymakers in surrounding states also said last week that the passing of marijuana legalization in New Jersey underscores the need for their own states to progress marijuana legalization reform in a regionally coordinated fashion .

Connecticut’s state legislature increased the already Democrat majority in last week’s elections. This helps increase the changes of marijuana legalization in CT in 2021. Lamont stated the reform is “on the table” and that it should bring in needed tax revenue for Connecticut.

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MORE Act set for House Vote in December

MORE Act Vote Date

MORE Act Vote Date in December

The MORE Act vote date was originally proposed for a vote in September before it was postponed. Now the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote this December on the MORE (Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement) Act which would effectively legalize marijuana on a federal level by eliminating it from the Controlled Substances Act. The House Democratic leadership is preparing for a vote on the bill next month.

As well as legalizing marijuana on a federal level, the legislation will allow states to continue to choose how to regulate a commercial marijuana industry industry.

Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader, delivered a letter to colleagues outlining the legislative schedule for this upcoming November and December sessions. The letter stated that the House would vote on the bill but did not specify precisely which day in December. In December, the House is in session from the 1st to the 4th and the 7th to the 10th.

Hoyer stated, “The House will vote on the MORE Act to decriminalize cannabis and expunge convictions for non-violent marijuana offenses which have prevented many Americans from getting jobs, applying for loans and credit, and accessing opportunities which make it feasible to get ahead in our economy.”

There are still challenges to overcome if the MORE Act is approved. The Republican-controlled Senate is not expected to take the bill up and a new Congress is set to convene in 2021. However with the new president elect, Joe Biden and vice president, Kamala Harris taking office, there has been strong recent evidence that democrats support marijuana decriminalization.

Initially scheduled for a September vote, some Democrats in close elections were concerned about voting on the MORE Act having concerns that voters might question the value of legalizing cannabis when Congress has yet to agree on a coronavirus aid package. However, in the November election, five additional states legalized recreational and/or medical marijuana. The initiative is continuing to gain steam and should continue to be a hot topic in 2021, especially as the U.S. economy looks for ways to rebound from the COVID pandemic.

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Cherry Lotus Strain Review

Cherry Lotus Strain Review

Cherry Lotus Strain Review

Cherry Lotus Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Green Source Gardens/ Dispensary-Oregon Weedery

Indica Dominant Hybrid THC 34.00% CBD 0.07%

Terpenes– Geraniol and Limonene

Bud Buzz: At 34% THC, Cherry Lotus was expected to be a heavy hitter.  It did not really live up to the hype from friends.  Not every strain is going to be a favorite and the fact that one of the Terpenes is Geraniol might be part of the issue.  Knowing which Terpenes work best for your unique body chemistry is just as if not more important than knowing the ins and outs of other factors of cannabis strains.  The smell of this bud is not exactly cherry, more like a lotus flower or some type of floral aroma.  Really nice either way and the taste is good but not nearly as strong as the smell, light floral with a bit of citrus undertones.  The body high comes on right away after the first hit but to get those smooth relaxing body waves going, you’re going to need another hit or two.  Good for low level pain, insomnia or depression.  There is no couch lock with Cherry Lotus strain but you will feel very tranquil and chill.  There is a sense of happiness but not really to the point of elation.  It’s a low-key cannabis strain on just about every level.  Some slight dry mouth but no other negatives.

Buzz Enhancers

Drinkables– To combat the dry mouth, which is not too bad, lemonade or even better limeade really hits the spot, something with citrus.  If you don’t want the sugar, go with a tea and lemon combo.  Keep water nearby as well because you can get very thirsty, especially about an hour or so into your buzz and downing a glass before you drift off to sleep will keep you well hydrated.

Munchables-The munchies hit pretty hard with this cannabis strain so be ready.  Pizza to start?  If you’re a fan of Thai food, go for a nice green curry or a classic Pad Thai.  If you are looking for something that is quick and easy go for a bagel and cream cheese.  Once you’ve satisfied your savory cravings, go for the sweet stuff!  Pie anyone?  Fruit pies of course would be perfect and a nice big slice or cherry or blueberry pie with some whipped cream are both excellent choices.

 Doables-Cherry Lotus strain will not have you writing novels or running a quick few miles but that doesn’t mean your only options are movies and bed. Have a deep conversation with a friend.  Play a game with that same friend.  You may not feel like talking constantly but conversation, especially thoughtful conversation is always something worthwhile to do when stoned.  Once you feel your bed calling your name, watch something funny before drifting off.  This cannabis strain makes laughing come easy and that is always a good way to end your day!

Be sure to check out: Banana Puddintain Strain Review and Violet Vixen Strain Review

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New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

New Jersey and Arizona Legalize Marijuana

On Tuesday, voters in both New Jersey and Arizona legalize marijuana with strong support from on the ballot. They join the other 11 states and Washington D.C. who have already legalized marijuana.

New Jersey

The ballot vote passed 67.2% to 32.8% with strong turn out at the ballot. Under the change, only those 21 and older can legally buy and use cannabis.

Executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), Steve Hawkins, stated “This victory will have a rippling effect in the Northeast and increase the rising pressure in neighboring states to take action on cannabis legalization.”

It is uncertain when marijuana will be accessible because laws should first be passed in order to prepare the new cannabis industry. It’s estimated that recreational marijuana could bring New Jersey $210 million in additional revenue.

The change is expected to move relatively fast because the Democrat-led Legislature and Democratic Governor Phil Murphy, both support cannabis legalization.

Arizona

Proposition 207 in Arizona will allow individuals 21 years of age and older have up to an ounce (28 grams) of marijuana or a smaller amount of ‘concentrates’ such as hashish. It also allows recreational marijuana sales at accredited retailers and will let people grow their own cannabis plants.

The Smart and Safe Arizona Act also will levy a 16% excise tax on marijuana over the normal sales tax which will go to state and local authorities.  The new tax is estimated to bring in an additional $166 million annually. It will be used to fund police and fire departments, community colleges, public health and criminal justice initiatives and Arizona state transportation projects. The additional tax revenue combined with other state revenue opportunities, is estimated to bring in an additional $255 million in revenue.

The measure is backed by the legal cannabis industry and supporters argue it is time to rescind Arizona’s punitive penalties on cannabis, ensure high quality control through effective state testing and lower crime connected with marijuana smuggling and illegal sales.

When proposition 207 passes as election results are certified, marijuana will become officially legal in Arizona and retail sales could start as early as May.

Now that New Jersey and Arizona legalize marijuana, surrounding states will feel the pressure to follow suit if they haven’t already, to ensure they share in the increase tax and industry  revenue and job grown. Federal cannabis legalization has been a hot topic in this years election and should continue to be so in 2021.

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Oregon Decriminalizes Possession of All Drugs

Oregon decriminalizes possession of all drugs

Oregon Decriminalizes Possession of All Drugs

Oregon decriminalizes possession of all drugs, becoming the first state in the U.S. to fully support the movement. The move to decriminalize hard drugs such as heroin and methamphetamine in Oregon, as well as legalizing the use of psilocybin mushrooms, was passed by two big margins on Tuesday’s vote.

Measure 110 was the measure on the ballot and it will completely change how Oregon’s justice system treats those that are found with personal-use quantities of the hard drugs.

Kassandra Frederique, executive director of  the Drug Policy Alliance stated, “Today’s victory is a landmark declaration that the time has come to stop criminalizing people for drug use, measure 110 is arguably the biggest blow to the war on drugs so far.”

Under the new measures, rather than going to trial and facing potential jail time, an individual found with the possession of hard drugs could have the choice of paying a $100 fine or attending “addiction recovery centers”.

The addiction recovery centers would be financed by millions of dollars of tax revenue generated from the legalized, regulated marijuana industry in Oregon, which was the nation’s first state to decriminalize cannabis possession.

Co-chief petitioner of Measure 110, Janie Gullickson stated, ‘This is such a huge step in moving into a health-based approach rather than criminal punishment, and we are devoting significant new tools to assist Oregonians who want it.”

Measure 110 received 59% yes votes and 41% no votes, with approximately 1.9 million votes counted, based on unofficial partial results from the secretary of state, which is enough for Oregon decriminalizes possession of all drugs.

The Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon chapter of the American College of Physicians were major supporters of Measure 110 and had a significant impact in pushing the the positive vote.

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife donated $500,000 to support Measure 110, showing their support for a health-based approach to drug addiction instead of criminalizing those affected.

Measure 109 was also passed in Oregon, which legalizes the controlled therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms.

To bolster tax revenue support, a tax increase of $2 was passed in Oregon on cigarettes. This measure would raise Oregon’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack, from $1.33 to $3.33, also a bump up on the cap on cigar taxes to $1 per cigar and include a 65% tax on vaping products and electronic cigarettes, which haven’t been taxed.

The capital from the tax increase will be used for public health programs such as smoking cessation and prevention programs. $130 million is the projected new yearly revenue that should be generated from this tax increase. These are all critical measures supporting Oregon decriminalizes possession of all drugs.

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Violet Vixen Strain Review

Violet Vixen Strain

Violet Vixen Strain Review

Violet Vixen Strain

Factoids:  Grower-Sol SeedsCompound Genetics/ Dispensary – Electric Lettuce

Sativa THC 24.00% CBD 0.14%

Terpenes- Caryophyllene and Pinene

Bud Buzz: This cannabis strain is perfect for daytime users.  So all you wake n’ bakers, this strain is for you!  Violet Vixen is not easy to find so if your local dispensary doesn’t carry it, ask for it.  For those who want a happy head high that inspires them to do great things with their day, this strain does that and more.  After a toke or two you will start to feel the head high, a little bit tingly as well, which passes in case that’s not a feeling you enjoy.  Once the head high is firmly established, you will start to experience the unmistakable feelings of happiness and contentment.  Not sit on the couch contentment but the kind that propels you to do stuff.

If you don’t have a plan for your day, no worries, with this cannabis strain brainstorming comes as easy as breathing.  Need to be inspired at work or just in life?  Violet Vixen is the perfect strain for creative inspiration of pretty much all varieties.  The only downsides are a little bit of jitteriness the first 10 minutes or so that goes away and some slight dry mouth but nothing overwhelming.  Perfect for depression and some low level pain management.  Also can be a super social and talkative cannabis strain with the right crowd.

Drinkables– dry mouth is not a huge problem with this strain of cannabis but you still need to drink something.  If you feel comfortable drinking alcohol with your weed, Violet Vixen is a good strain to indulge in a beer or two with.  If alcohol is not your thing then go with any type of soda or iced tea is super refreshing if it’s got a little lemon in it.

Munchables-the munchies seem to come out of nowhere after an hour or two so be prepared.  Since this cannabis strain can be super social, why not make your snack choices social as well.  Any shareable food is great but pizza is the ultimate shareable food.  If you are going solo and just need to take an inspiration break to refuel, choose something light and healthy.  Either way it’s easy to overeat with this strain so if you want to try and avoid that, plan ahead and only keep healthy options available.

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Doables-there are so many possibilities with Violet Vixen.  You can write music, listen to music, and dance to music.  Of course if music is not your thing, why not paint of write?  Anything creative just seems to come more easily with this strain of cannabis.  If you want to do something physical, grab a friend or two and go for a walk.  While walking get into some deep conversations and solve all the world’s problems!

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Almost Half of Cannabis Users are Over 40 – New Study

cannabis industry demographics

A new study provides data showing that nearly half of people who currently use cannabis in North America are over 40 years of age. This comes as a bit of a surprise as the current mindset seems to be that most cannabis users are in younger demographics. This insight came alongside a number of other interesting data points about the cannabis industry demographics.

The data for this study comes from Akerna, a cannabis company that works with software, compliance technology, seed-to-sale research planning, and business applications for the cannabis industry across North America. Akerna was started in 2010 and has monitored more than $20 billion in cannabis earnings so far and is the first cannabis software company listed on Nasdaq stock exchange. MJ Platform is the provider’s cornerstone technology and is the world’s top software as a service (SAAS) infrastructure for retailers, brands, manufacturers, distributors, and cultivators.

It researched North American cannabis consumer data to reveal profound insights about the cannabis industry demographics and how it functions, to help companies better prepare for the coming months.

According to the breakdown in the Akerna study, which looked at the different type of cannabis consumption methods, in addition to age and sex of cannabis users, flower has become the most popular way to consume cannabis in the United States, with cannabis edibles being the least popular besides the “other group”. Results showed that more men than women are cannabis users, with men reported at 62.5% and women reported at 37.5%.

Along with studying the numbers for cannabis dispensaries sales and the different types of cannabis consumed, the study also analyzed the numbers for reported use. Typically, the amounts mirrored each other, revealing people reported correctly about what they actually consumed. James Ahrendt, Business Intelligence Architect for Akerna, stated, “Some of this confirms what we already know, that flower is the most popular consumption method, however, we also discovered some surprising data points. For example, medical consumers on average spend more and buy more things than their adult use counterparts.”

Among the most surprising things learned from the analysis that has warranted interest is the breakdown of age use demographics.

Aged under-30 – 26.7%

Aged 30 to 40 – 29.7%

Aged 40 to 50 – 19.5%

Aged 50 to 60 – 13.2%

Aged 60-plus – 10.9%

That puts just over 43% of the total reported users at 40 years of age or older. That is definitely a surprise to most industry experts when it comes to important cannabis industry demographics.

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Marijuana Legalization Candidates Outraised Opponents 36-1 in 2020.

Marijuana Legalization Candidates

Marijuana legalization candidates have gained significant momentum in 2020. Proponents of state ballot measures have outraised opponents this year by nearly 36-to-1, a gigantic increase from the last presidential voting year, when advocates outraised their opponents by only 4-to-1.

According to Marijuana Business Daily, candidates supporting marijuana legalization in Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota have raised approximately $19.6 million in 2020, compared with just $546,000 raised by opponents.

Adult-use legalization is back on the ballot this year in Arizona, and there is a good chance that it gets approved this voting period. A poll conducted at Monmouth University in New Jersey at the beginning of October showed 56% supported the measure with 36% opposed and 8% undecided. Marijuana legalization candidates have outraised competitions 11-to-1 in 2020. Up to now, Smart and Safe Arizona, the committee behind the measure, has raised more than $5 million while opponents have only earned $459,000.

29% of the supporting Arizona contributions came from the Marijuana Policy Project in 2016. The deputy director of the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) , Matthew Schweich, stated that while the organization supports the Arizona and New Jersey ballot measures, its staff has been more focused on the Montana and South Dakota campaigns in the recent voting cycle. Schweich also stated, “That’s where our assistance can make the biggest difference.” MPP has given $84,330 in cash and in-kind donations to the two states, a much smaller amount compared with the $1.69 million it gave Arizona in 2016.

Other marijuana businesses, including Massachusetts-based Curaleaf, Arizona-based Copperstate Farms and Illinois-based Cresco Labs, have contributed a combined $1.3 million to support passing marijuana legalization in Arizona.

New Jersey marijuana legalization candidates received $800,000 from Scotts Miracle-Gro, a leading company in the lawn and garden industry. which possesses Hawthorne Gardening, a hydroponics subsidiary for cannabis growers.

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Governor Cuomo Says New York Will Legalize Marijuana Soon to Help Economic Recovery from COVID

New York Legalize Marijuana to Combat COVID

Should New York legalize marijuana to combat COVID? Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, recently said that legalizing marijuana represents a realistic way that the state can recover economically from the COVID pandemic.

The governor was promoting his new book during a virtual event and was asked when New York will legalize marijuana for adult use. Cuomo stated,  “Shortly, because today we need the revenue. I have tried to do it the over the last couple of years.”, according to a recording which has been obtained by USA Today Network.

The governor also stated, “There are a whole lot of reasons to have it done, but one of the advantages is it also brings in revenue, and all sates, especially New York, need revenue and we are going to be searching the cupboards for revenue. And I believe that will place cannabis over the top.”

Andrew Cuomo supports marijuana legalization and included cannabis legalization in his past two budget proposals, but discussions between his office and the legislature dropped through each time, with sticking points being issues like how cannabis tax earnings will be allocated, preventing a deal from being negotiated. A leading adviser of his stated earlier this month that the strategy would be to attempt again to legalize cannabis in New York in early 2021.

Cuomo was likewise asked about cannabis legalization as a way to offset the budget deficit brought on by the coronavirus pandemic in May. So it is obvious he believes New York should legalize marijuana to combat COVID. While he said it is the federal government’s “obligation as part of managing this national pandemic that they will provide financial relief to state and local authorities,” he also stated that “I support legalization of cannabis passing. I’ve worked very diligently to pass it.”

Cuomo indicated in April that he believed the legislative session was “effectively over” for the year and increased doubts that lawmakers could pass marijuana reform.

Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Assembly Majority Leader, made similar remarks when asked about the reform issues in April, though she appeared to indicate that she laid partial blame for the failure to enact reform on the governor prioritizing different issues throughout the pandemic.

The New York State Association of Counties stated in a report published last month that legalizing recreational cannabis “will offer the state and counties with resources for education, public health and technical assistance” to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the state Senate has approved several small marijuana reform bills lately. The chamber passed a bill in July that broadens the pool of individuals qualified to have their low-level marijuana convictions automatically expunged.

As a result of a bill expanding cannabis decriminalization in the nation the governor signed this past year, the New York State Unified Court System made a statement last month outlining steps people can take to clear their records for prior cannabis convictions. Support continues to grow that New York should legalize marijuana to combat COVID.

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Oregon’s Drug Decriminalization Efforts Gets More Celebrity Support From Musician John Legend

Celebrities Support Drug Decriminalization

More celebrities support drug decriminalization with their public platforms. On Friday, musician John Legend  endorsed an Oregon initiative to decriminalize possession of currently illegal drugs while investing in substance abuse therapy and treatments. John has long been a supporter of issues pertaining to criminal justice reform and on a recent twitter thread, encouraged Oregon residents to approve the ballot measure.

The proposal would make Oregon the first state in the nation to eliminate the threat of jail time for simple drug possession, and it would put money towards substance abuse treatment with the support of cannabis tax dollars. Support for the reform movement has come from several interesting supporters during this election.

The Oregon Democratic Party officially endorsed Measure 110 earlier this month, in addition to another proposal to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapy in specific areas.

Also business celebrities support decriminalization. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook, donated $500,000 to the decriminalization effort through a foundation he and his wife run. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (Democrat-OR) is also backing the initiative, as well as the psilocybin measure. Blumenauer said, “Meausre 110 will help change Oregon into a health-based approach from a health-based drug addiction crisis. This is more compassionate, more powerful, safer, and simple common sense.”

While Legend’s endorsement brings some star focus on the matter, it is not the first time he has voiced support for putting an end to drug criminalization. In 2018, Legend was asked about what policies he would enact in a position of political power and he replied, “decriminalize drugs–treat drugs as a public health issue rather than as a criminal matter.” He also stated, “I think plenty of people believe if we lock up more people, people will not do as many drugs. But what ends up happening is, we aren’t really solving the problem of drug demand by waging a war on drugs when people are still finding ways to get drugs. And the drug overdose problem is still huge. You would think, you know, criminalizing it and making it tougher on people that get caught would actually help solve the problem, but it doesn’t. I think legalizing marijuana is the first step, but I think going beyond that—realizing that the war on drugs was never a good idea, and that we should treat drug addiction as a health problem instead of a criminal problem—is the answer.”

While more and more celebrities support drug decriminalization, the cause should continue to gain momentum on a state and federal level and help support the overall cannabis decriminalization and criminal expungement movement.

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Colorado Governor Doesn’t Want Texas to Legalize Marijuana

Colorado Discourages Texas From Legalizing Marijuana

The governor of Colorado discourages Texas from legalizing marijuana, saying it would mean less tax revenue for his own state from marijuana tourism. He may have been joking  with the statement, but there is some truth to how he and other legal recreational use state politicians feel.

Governor Jared Polis (Demcrat-CO) tweeted, “That may be true BUT it would decrease tourism to Colorado, so be certain you consider Colorado first in any Texas decisions.” The governor was reacting to a Marijuana Moment study on a new economic analysis that revealed how Texas stands to create billions in tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs if it enacted the policy shift.

Governor Polis has a track record of making comments about the cannabis tourism revenue Colorado receives from non-residents visiting recreational marijuana dispensaries in Colorado. Soon after he was sworn in this past year, Polis said “we get a great deal of extra business from those coming to our state” and so “from the financial standpoint of Colorado, I would like other states to go slowly so that we may continue to reap all these advantages for Colorado.”

Polis also said, “For years, I had been kind of countering this type of dire picture of Colorado, but if they think that it is bad, it is better for us to have less competition at this time. I mean, if I am looking at it as the Governor of Colorado, I’d hope they halt their attempts and drive all their business here.” So if Colorado discourages Texas from legalizing marijuana, it’s not a surprise that Polis is behind the sentiment.

Colorado continues to have record breaking sales every month and and while he has been quick to tout the financial advantages of regulating cannabis sales in Colorado, Polis has also highlighted the need for restorative justice in the marijuana industry. Earlier this month, he exercised new clemency powers to grant almost 3,000 pardons for individuals convicted of low-level marijuana possession crimes.

Meanwhile, Polis is not the only governor making note of the fact that his state sells legal cannabis to those who reside in places where it’s still prohibited. Illinois Governor. J.B. Pritzker (Democrat), spoke about how his state’s new recreational marijuana market “gives us a opportunity to collect tax revenue from the residents of Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Indiana.”

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Cuomo Continues Push to Legalize Marijuana in New York

Andrew Cuomo Supports Marijuana Legalization

Andrew Cuomo supports marijuana legalization in New York and surrounding states. The New York Governor is renewing his push for marijuana legalization in 2021, and plans to issue fresh CBD rules in New York.

Canopy Growth recently launched a video series, “Under The Canopy“. In a discussion from that series, Axel Bernabe, one of Cuomo’s top cannabis advisers, told David Culver, an executive with Canopy Growth, that Cuomo intends to add adult-use cannabis legalization in New York’s 2021-2022 budget, which takes effect April 1.

Bernabe also disclosed that Cuomo intends to issue fresh CBD rules to regulate how the chemical is manufactured and marketed in New York state, including how it could be infused into beverage and food items, which is now prohibited.

Cuomo mentioned that New Jersey may get there first with the legalization referendum on their ballot next month.  Cuomo stated, “We’re watching New Jersey closely. We’ve always been confident that we get to this before New Jersey, so if they pass the referendum they still have to have agreement between the governor the Senate over there. We’re working on this. We’re going to reintroduce this in our budget in January. We think we can get it done by April 1.”

Governor Cuomo supports marijuana legalization and pushed for adult-use marijuana legalization in 2019 and 2020, with a legalization bill stalling in the state legislature in 2019 and another legalization proposal cut from the New York’s budget earlier this season. In 2019 Cuomo signed a cannabis decriminalization bill into law as well as had meetings with the governors of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut to have initial conversations around a coordinated adult-use cannabis legalization plan.

The Governor also signed a hemp extract bill into law last year to create a regulatory framework for processing and growing hemp in New York. However, the legislation didn’t include the regulation of CBD in food or beverages at the time and is an issues that Cuomo would like to address as soon as possible due to the rapidly increasing popularity of the industry and the health and safety of consumers.

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Canada Reviewing the Effects Legalizing Cannabis Had on the Country

Effects of Legalizing Cannabis in Canada

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, through their formally recognized National Cannabis Working Group, will be reviewing the Cannabis Act that presides as legislation over the cannabis industry in Canada. The goal being to analyze the effects of legalizing cannabis in Canada.

The review will be a opportunity to look deeper at the effects of legalizing cannabis in Canada and to offer insight on how Canada can enhance their cannabis industry structure, and what sort of changes could be made to make legal cannabis better as well as solve current problems in the industry. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is a group that will help look into the economic consequences on and from the cannabis industry, and they expect to learn a great deal from taking a closer look at the industry as a whole.

Ryan Greer, senior manager of the Cannabis Policy in the Chamber and co-chair of the Working Group, stated, “As the first among larger developed economies to legalize recreational cannabis for adult use, Canadian cannabis businesses have learned first-hand about what portions of the Cannabis Act and related regulations have worked and what have not. During this review, the industry will offer comprehensive recommendations to the federal government about what changes are required so business can better compete with the illegal market, create more new jobs and maintain Canada’s leadership in global markets and help the government achieve its safety and health objectives.”

The Cannabis Act has to be reviewed three years after legalization, which happened in 2018, so as to keep up with the arrangements of the initial legislation. The review has to be launched October 17, 2021, on the anniversary date, so it is essential that the industry starts preparing now. Eric Foster of Dentons Canada will lead the review. Dentons Canada is a significant cannabis practice in the nation providing legal counsel to the Canadian cannabis market. Davies, a cannabis industry and investment law firm will support the review on the effects of legalizing cannabis in Canada.

Talks will start this fall to learn more about what ought to be looked at during the review. These discussions will also offer the public with a opportunity to let their feelings be known. The first conversations will set the stage for the real review to occur in 2021.

It’ll be a while before Canada has the results of the review and will know about any changes, but discussions have started to take a serious look at ways to enhance the industry for the next few years. A year from now, more will be known about the future of cannabis in Canada, among those nations paving the way for a global cannabis industry. This discussions will be held publicly with the next one November 11th, 2020,and if you are interested in attending you can click here to register.

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Kamala Harris Reiterates Cannabis Decriminalization and Expungements Are a Priority

Democrats Support Marijuana Decriminalization

In a recent interview, Kamala Harris (Democrat-CA), Democratic Party vice-president nominee, stated again that decriminalizing cannabis would be an administrative priority if Joe Biden and herself win the election. Democrats support marijuana decriminalization and expunging marijuana criminal records, in general, and have consistently voiced support for legislation to push these initiatives.

The interview was last Saturday on The Grio and the Harris spoke about the prospective Democratic government’s criminal justice agenda, comparing it with that of President Donald Trump. Harris reiterated the cannabis reform would be one of their policy objectives.

Harris stated, “We have a commitment to decriminalizing marijuana and expunging the records of those who have been convicted of marijuana offenses. When you examine the horrible war on drugs and the disproportionate effect it had on black males and generating then criminal records which have deprived individuals of access to housing and jobs and basic benefits.”

Cannabis reform advocates have enjoyed the senator’s repeated calls for marijuana reform on the campaign trail, they do not like her trend to refer to the drug war in the past tense, as she did here by referring to the impact the policy “had”, not recognizing that those prosecutions and enforcement disparities have persisted.  FBI data shows that there were over 1.5 million drug-related arrests in the U.S. along last year and approximately one third of them were for marijuana. 

Some people are also claiming that Harris has scaled back her reform drive since joining the Democratic ticket as Joe Biden’s running mate. When Harris was herself running for the presidential nomination, she strongly supported cannabis legalization while Biden did not. In general, Democrats support marijuana decriminalization and expungement and Biden does back modestly rescheduling the drug under federal law, allowing states set their own policies and legalizing medical cannabis.

Harris, who’s the lead Senate sponsor of a bill to deschedule marijuana on a federal level, said last month that a Biden government wouldn’t be “half-steppin” cannabis reform or chasing “incrementalism.” Harris has repeatedly discussed cannabis decriminalization on the campaign trail. She said during a vice presidential debate earlier this month she and Biden “will decriminalize marijuana and we will expunge the records of people who were convicted of marijuana crimes.”

Click here to watch the Kamala Harris interview on The Grio and discussions on the black male vote and Democrats support marijuana decriminalization and expungement.