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Canadian Mental Health Association Releases Report on Legalization


MARIJUANA POLITICS – The News Source For an Informed Citizenry Post by Amber Iris Langston

Under Justin Trudeau’s leadership, Canada is preparing for a fully regulated, adult-legal cannabis market, beginning in July 2018. On Monday, August 14, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ontario issued a report entitled “Cannabis Legalization and Regulation” meant to give guidance to Canadian legislators regarding next year’s roll out. As one might expect, the mental health community is rallying around an approach to policy that views cannabis through a public health lens.

As a result, the report advises a couple of somewhat controversial recommendations, which may please some supporters of prohibition on one hand, and upset them on the other.

First, the CMHA Ontario identifies driving-under-the-influence of cannabis as the issue of greatest concern for public safety in a legalization scenario. However, the organization recognizes the scientific truth that testing of impairment for cannabis remains inaccurate, and therefore cannot be used as a truthful measure for gauging driver safety. As a result, the CMHA Ontario recommends a zero-tolerance policy for driving and cannabis use:

“Because the technology to detect an individual’s level of impairment due to cannabis is still in development at this time, CMHA Ontario recommends a zero-tolerance policy for cannabis consumption in any motorized vehicle in order to ensure road safety during this time of transition. A zero-tolerance policy would include both the driver of the motorized vehicle, as well as any passengers in the car. It is important that a clear message be sent to the public as soon as possible regarding zero tolerance for impaired driving due to cannabis use.”

Interestingly, the CMHA Ontario has taken an alternative approach to youth access of cannabis. In a move that runs counter to what most US citizens would think wise, the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation report actually recommends a minimum legal age of purchase to be 19 years:

“Frequent cannabis use can harm a developing brain and there is no evidence that supports a specific age when cannabis use is safe for young people. However, there are concerns that a higher minimum age may contribute to young people accessing cannabis from illegal sources. Establishing a higher minimum age standard will be less effective in undermining the black market, and may leave youth both criminalized and reliant on it.”

The report also recommends a mandatory public health training similar to workers in the food service industry and development of a regulatory “cannabis control board”.

The politics of cannabis legalization are playing out on the international field, and governmental agencies are coming up with new and interesting approaches to regulation. Canada has certainly shown itself a leader in its experimentation with cannabis laws, and will likely continue as a trend-setter in the future.

Keep informed of all that is happening across the globe when it comes to cannabis! Join experts and business leaders from around the world converging for the International Cannabis Business Conference, December 1-3, 2017 on the tropical paradise of Kauai, Hawaii. Get tickets now!

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NBA Open to Discussing Medical Cannabis


MARIJUANA POLITICS – The News Source For an Informed Citizenry Post by Ngaio Bealum

Could the NBA allow players to (openly) use cannabis? It just may happen.  A recent post on reddit suggests that NBA commissioner Adam Silver is at least open to the idea. When asked about medical marijuana use and the NBA, this is what Commissioner Silver had to say:

“I would say it’s something we will look at. I’m very interested in the science when it comes to medical marijuana. My personal view is that it should be regulated in the same way that other medications are if the plan is to use it for pain management. And it’s something that needs to be discussed with our Players Association, but to the extent that science demonstrates that there are effective uses for medical reasons, we’ll be open to it. Hopefully there’s not as much pain involved in our sport as some others, so there’s not as much need for it.”

There may not be as much pain in the NBA as there is in the NFL, but there is certainly wear and tear. Professional basketball players routinely push their bodies to the limits. About twelve years ago, many players decided to curtail their use of prescription anti-inflammatory drugs for fear of kidney and liver damage. Cannabis is a natural anti-inflammatory and has no real side affects, except for perhaps a pleasant buzz.

As it is now, cannabis use can get an NBA player suspended, although that wasn’t always the case.  Old school fans will recall when former Celtics Center  Robert Parish got busted for receiving cannabis in the mail. He didn’t miss a game.

Many former players are now looking to capitalize on the new legalization. Former Portland Trailblazer  Cliff Robinson and  International Cannabis Business Conference panelist and former Detroit PIston John Salley have each started cannabis based businesses.  It is time for the NBA to embrace the future.

Ngaio Bealum is a writer, comedian, cannabis activist, and a decent juggler. You can catch him on the road performing at events like the Dope Show in Tacoma, Washington, and MCing the International Cannabis Business Conference. Follow him on the social medias. @ngaio420

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German Cannabis Supporters Join 2017 Hanfparade

MARIJUANA POLITICS – The News Source For an Informed Citizenry Post by Amber Iris Langston

Despite a little cold and rainy weather, a great crowd turned out this year for the 21st annual Berlin Hanfparade (or “Hemp Parade”) last Saturday, August 12th.

According to Michael Knodt, writer for and speaker at the April 2017 International Cannabis Business Conference in Berlin, the turnout for this year’s event was brimming with enthusiasm for the future of cannabis in Germany:

“An estimated 2,000 participants joined the 2017 Hanfparade, proudly marching through the streets of Berlin under the motto “Breiter kommt weiter” (“The wider our range, the bigger our progress”). Even with attendance slightly down from last year’s event — the largest German legalization demonstration to date — the mood was electric and the event set a colorful, loud, and hopeful sign for the legalization of cannabis in an influential European nation.

“…Accompanied by booming basses of music, loud slogans, and many creative posters, the participants walked passed the Chancellery and the German Bundestag on their course toward the Federal Ministry of Health, where a small stopover took place. Directly in front of the seat of the outgoing German Drug Czar Marlene Mortler, the well-known youth judge Andreas Müller explained the dangerous context between cannabis prohibition, false prevention strategies and the steadily increasing number of cannabis offenders among the younger generation.

“…Onlookers had trouble escaping the contagiously positive mood radiating from the demonstration, many smiling faces could be seen in the surrounding trucks and cars. The legalization movement is becoming mainstream — the common goal of the end of prohibition and the release of cannabis has slowly become visible on the German capital’s horizon.”

There is certainly great momentum for sensible cannabis law reform in Germany as the economic powerhouse has seen its medical law liberalized as several cities have well-established political movements examining how they may be able to follow in the footsteps of Amsterdam and allow cannabis commerce among all adults. Not only is it great for Germany that cannabis legalization is on the horizon, but also for the rest of Europe as Germany’s influence reverberates well beyond its borders. It is certainly an exciting time for the cannabis community across the globe and we will undoubtedly see many  positive laws and policies enacted in the coming months and years.

So what will be the state of cannabis in Europe’s largest country over the next year? Leading cannabis experts agree, the best (and most rockin’) way to learn, is to join them at the International Cannabis Business Conference in Berlin, Germany, April 12 & 13, 2018. Get your tickets for Berlin and Kauai now to lock in early bird prices!

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Local Lunch Gals: Indulge!


IMAG0841The Lunch Gals could not have picked a better place than Indulge! while literally indulging in our last “eat whatever we want” soiree before starting our diets. From Berry Mimosas to Pumpkin Pie cookies, we enjoyed every last sip and bite of our lunch at Springfield’s unique eatery and espresso lounge at Indulge!.

Set in the center of a 9,500 square foot eclectic vintage and antique’s store off of Mohawk Boulevard in Springfield, the eatery and espresso lounge, Back Yard Bistro, was bustling with lunch goers surrounded by everything from beautiful antique cabinets, dressers and dining sets to clothing, shoes and jewelry. Some of the tables set within the Bistro had gorgeously enormous crystal chandeliers hanging above them, while all had lit candles and eye catching centerpieces. Completed and mismatched dining sets, both new and vintage, created a welcoming, fun and casual environment.

IMAG0846The menu was more extensive than one would think for an eatery inside an antique’s store: Soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis, quiches and desserts. Beverages included sodas, teas, espressos, mochas and lattes, and wine and beer – local wine to boot, which always adds a cool point in my book.

Knowing that each of us were starting diets in less than two days, indulging was a part of the plan. We started out with Berry Mimosa’s: dark red in color, packed full of flavor, fizzy and downright delicious. Jennifer ordered the Bradley’s French Dip and added a side salad, Maria ordered The Famous Cobb Salad, and I ordered a bowl of New England Clam Chowder served with two large planks of grilled cheesy garlic bread. Aside from the quiche, pizza, hot dog, sides and beverages, everything on the menu was $9.

IMAG0826This was our first outing since my birthday, back in November, when we ordered from Pony Express for a home delivery of Chao Praya. It’s amazing how time flies. This was when we realized how many Thai restaurants there are in our rather small city of Eugene – we thought of at least fourteen. The idea of having a Thai Taste-Off to discover Eugene’s best Pad Thai was born, which we still have in the works. This is open to the public, who can bring their favorite Pad Thai to be tasted and voted on. We’re still looking for the perfect spot and will be sure to announce the date and place once we have everything confirmed. For more details and to sign up, read the Chao Praya article here.

Anyway, we were glad to be able to finally get together to enjoy some gal pal time over food and wine. The main topic of our conversation was our upcoming diets. Jennifer has now started the HCG diet, under a physician’s care. Maria is conquering the Paleo diet, and I am living the low-carb lifestyle. Have no fear, our diets will not hold us back from meeting for lunch and having fun. In fact, it’s motivated us to find restaurants in Eugene that can accommodate our dieting society! The Gals love a mission, and we’ll be sharing our finds with our readers.

My soup was hearty, warm and delicious. The two planks of bread were covered in melted cheese, and a secret dressing between the cheese and the bread added a nice texture that was packed full of flavors. Maria’s salad was stacked-high and was topped with crispy bacon and hard-boiled eggs. Jennifer’s French Dip had tasty tender roasted beef on a grilled hoagie, and it was mouthwatering dipped in the Au Jus.

IMAG0833Co-owner, Montana, is one of four partners who own Indulge!. As she told us about some of the approximately 50 vendors within the 9,500 square foot building, she exuded happiness and pride – they’ve definitely got a good thing going. She says being surrounded by loving people, including her parents, sister and co-owner husband who run the bistro with her, the business has been a huge success. In fact, as stated on their menu and website, “It is a good idea to call ahead, even for 2 or more, we will reserve you a wonderful table. If you forget or just show up, no worries, we are very good at improvising, we will set you up!”

IMAG0835For dessert, as stuffed as we were, we could not resist one last indulgence after seeing a tray full of goodies from Sweet Life Patisserie. Both Maria and Jennifer ordered a Turtle – decadent chocolate with caramel and almonds, and I ordered a Pumpkin Cookie. Everything was savory, delightful and truly a great way to indulge before dieting.

Before departing, and after browsing the 9,500 square feet of treasures, we picked up a flyer about an interesting upcoming event that Indulge! will be hosting May 4 & 5, 2013: Barn & Field Festival. On ten acres out in Marcola, over 200 antique, primitive and artisan vendors will be showing off their collections; in addition to, food, wine and beer vendors. There will be live music and overnight camping is available. Campers are encouraged to bring their own items to sell at their camp sites. For details and to reserve your spot, visit:

Indulge! gets the Local Lunch Gals Recommended Eats seal of approval- we highly recommend it and will most certainly return. Light bulb! Maybe we’ll have some Local Lunch Gals Recommended Eats stickers made for restaurants that we recommend.

Indulge! 1461 Mohawk Blvd., Springfield, 97477


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