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Bernie Sanders Would Legalize Marijuana on Day 1

Bernie Sanders has pledged to legalize marijuana as one of his first acts as President. As the Iowa caucus, draws near Senator Sanders has pledged to immediately legalize marijuana in every state if he makes it all the way to the White House.

Acknowledging that the war on drugs has failed and at the same time that the drug is moving into the mainstream of the American Psyche, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was speaking at a rally in Cedar Rapids. There is no doubt that some communities have suffered more than others due to the country’s war on Drugs. 

Sen. Sanders said, “On my first day in office through executive order we will legalize marijuana in every state in this country. We will move forward to expunge the records of those arrested for possession of marijuana, and we will make certain that the legalized marijuana industry is not controlled by a handful of corporations but that those people: the African-American community, the Latino community, the Native American community, who have suffered the most will get help in order to make money through a legalized marijuana industry.”

Bernie Sanders to Legalise Marijuana by Executive Order

Bernie Sanders Speaking at Cedar Rapids

Sen. Sanders’ pledge to legalize pot by executive order will not be without its challenges. Whilst the executive branch does have the authority to reclassify cannabis without further action from Congress, under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA), moving forward the process would need to involve the attorney general and the health and human services secretary. It is therefore unlikely that Sanders would have these positions filled on his first day. International drug treaties would also complicate any moves to take the responsibility for the drug away from the CSA.

Way back in 2015 Sanders showed that he was ahead of the game with regards to cannabis when he became the first major presidential candidate to back the legalization of cannabis. He also was the first Senator to file marijuana de-scheduling legislation.

Once again looking like being on the right side of history Sen. Sanders has presented one of the boldest plans with regard to legalizing marijuana ever by a Presidential candidate. As of yet, he hasn’t gone as far as other rival candidates concerning decriminalizing other drugs. He has hinted at it in the past but says he is not there yet on formalizing the full decriminalization of other drugs. 

Sanders Views on Marijuana Are Well Publicized

His website explains his views clearly. It makes comforting reading for a large section of American society. He strongly makes the links between the war on drugs and institutional racism within America. Describing the war on drugs as “disastrous” he explains how Black Americans are almost 4 times more likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana than their white counterparts. This is despite cannabis use being roughly equal among the two groups, and indeed other ethnicities.

He famously asks why a person can get arrested for smoking marijuana whilst the “crooks of Wall Street” went free despite destroying the American economy over the course of 11 years. 

It is interesting that whilst speaking of the need to legalize marijuana he insisted that a legalized drug industry would be in the domain of small entrepreneurs rather than huge corporations. The age of White Male owned large cannabis companies needs to end.

Bernie Sanders’ Main Pledges

There are four major strands to the Sanders plan on Marijuana decriminalization. ON the website they are fleshed out in full but the headlines are as follows:

To legalize marijuana in the first 100 days with executive action

As President, Berni Sanders would nominate an attorney general, human services secretary, and administrator for the DEA to work aggressively to end the drug war and legalize marijuana

To vacate and expunge all past marijuana-related convictions

The Sanders administration would review all marijuana convictions, both federal and state, with a view to expunge and re-sentence. All past convictions will be expunged.

To ensure that revenue from legal marijuana is reinvested in communities hit hardest by the War on Drugs

The new administration would create a $20 billion grant program within the Minority Business Development Agency. This would provide grants to entrepreneurs of color who continually face discrimination in access to capital.

To ensure legalized marijuana does not turn into big tobacco

The plan is keen to ensure that legalized weed does not follow Big Tobacco, which is already targeting the marijuana industry. He intends to incentivize the marijuana business to be structured as non-profit making. He also has measures to protect the young.

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Celebrities Celebrate 4/20 Day in Their Own Ways

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Celebrities around the world have been celebrating 4/20 day in their own inimitable ways. From Miley Cyrus to Don Cheadle, Celebs have been tweeting messages and sending best wishes to each other. As the World accepts cannabis as a lifestyle choice more and more celebrities are completely open about their love of the weed. 

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Miley Cyrus

4/20 Day humor from Miley

Patricia Arquette

Don Cheadle

Ice Cube

Even Netflix Joined in

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Cannabis and Covid-19

The coronavirus Covid-19 has spread to at least 60 countries around the world. Some 3,000 people have sadly died and yet this spread is nothing compared to the fake news that is multiplying faster than the authorities can control. Who would have thought that cannabis and Covid-19 could in any way be linked? However in an Instagram post last month, a ridiculous claim was made that marijuana kills the coronavirus. We cannot stress enough that THIS IS FALSE. 

Don’t Spread Fake News

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DO NOT BELIEVE NONSENSE LIKE THIS

It is important at this time that we separate the facts from the fake and concentrate on staying healthy and looking out for each other. The marijuana community has a responsibility here. Not only is this highly irresponsible it could land you in serious trouble. In Thailand this week,  two women were arrested for doing just this.  One in Bangkok and another in Rayong were arrested on March 3rd for spreading fake news online about the coronavirus outbreak.

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Woman arrested in Thailand. Photo by PornProm Satrabhaya

In Thailand, this can carry a sentence of 5 years in prison and a fine of THB100,000 ($3150) A photo immediately appeared on News sites to deter others. However, it featured the arrested woman and the police all wearing masks which also do not stop the spread of the disease.

Are Cannabis and Covid-19 Linked?

The short answer is no. However, it is important that you avoid sharing bongs and passing spliffs around at this time. We know that the virus is contracted by droplets in saliva being ingested by another person. It is also known that the best way to avoid the disease is by constant and thorough hand washing. So it really should go without saying that passing a bong or a joint round among friends is really not a great idea. 

Puff and Pass? Not for Now

We all know that sharing weed is a huge part of the cannabis culture and let’s be honest, a very enjoyable way of enjoying weed and friends at the same time. However, while this awful disease is spreading it is important that we all to our bit, to try and halt its progress. Stick to your own supply,  wash your hands thoroughly and how about an elbow bump for now, instead of a handshake. 

What is Meant by “Wash your hands thoroughly”?

This is absolutely the best thing that we should all be doing. Quite honestly you cannot wash your hands too frequently at the moment. When you wake up, before meals or drinks in a bar, after visiting the bathroom, after traveling on public transport, after visiting the mall., wash, wash, wash. And wash them thoroughly. Soap and water are all you need and you should wash every inch of your hands and wrist for at least 20 seconds on each occasion. 

Wash your hands thoroughly, still the best defense that we have.

Keep Cannabis and Covid-19 Apart

The first symptom of the disease appears to be a dry cough. If you develop a cough get it checked out and stop smoking until you do. The cough could simply be the result of a hot hit and nothing more. Also, it may of course just be the flu, but in this case, smoking is not what you should be doing.

Will I Still Get My Weed?

As shelves in supermarkets are emptying due to panic buying, many are asking if the coronavirus will affect weed supplies. It shouldn’t really. In America for example, weed can only be sold in the state in which it is grown. However, supplies of equipment may be a problem. Vapes and component parts are more often than not imported from China. The US imports some 30 million vape pens and cartridges from China every month. Shipments stopped in mid-January, during the annual Chinese New Year. They simply haven’t fully resumed due to the coronavirus.

Bloomberg is reporting supply-chain disruptions due to the coronavirus. It seems that both the USA and Canada are experiencing problems already.

Cannabis Events

As many sporting events worldwide are canceling our postponing meetings it is hard not to imagine cannabis events doing the same. There is not a lot of information at the moment but no doubt news will keep coming in as the disease progresses through 2020. It does seem inevitable that supplies of equipment for cannabis and Covid-19 will cause issues.

Summary

The best advice is to just keep calm and be sensible. Don’t believe any of the nonsense and panic on social media. The chances of you being affected are still relatively slim at this point. Forget masks, leave them for medical experts who need them to protect their patients. Avoid intimate social interactions,  don’t share your bongs and don’t forget . . . WASH, WASH, WASH!

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Ringing Endorsement for Medical Cannabis From 71-year-old Olivia Newton-John.

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Some amazing news from the entertainment world as Dame Olivia Newton-John declares that she is winning her third battle with breast cancer, and she puts it down to medical cannabis. For a stage 4 breast cancer sufferer,  this is a remarkable turn of events. 

The 71-year-old actor and singer is taking a CBD remedy developed especially for her by her husband John Esterling on their Santa Barbara estate in ­California. Ms. Newton-John claims her doctors are supportive of the treatment.

Medical Cannabis Shows Amazing Progress

Olivia Newton-John looked well as she appeared with Grease co-star John Travolta, 65, on the red carpet at the G’day USA gala in Beverly Hills in January. She was joined by her niece, Niece Tottie ­Goldsmith and husband John at the gala, which promotes links between America and Australia.

She said, “My tumors are receding or they’re going away or they’re staying the same. On stage four metastatic breast cancer that’s pretty amazing. I don’t see it as a battle. I am winning. For me, the proof is in the pudding and I’m the pudding. If I hadn’t had the experience I’m having with cannabis I wouldn’t be able to talk about it. It’s not a drug. It’s a herb and a plant.” 

Olivia has had a long battle with the disease which first reared its head in 1992. She fought and won that battle only to see it return and be beaten again in 2013. This third battle is even more remarkable for the Australian icon. 

John Esterling: Medical Cannabis Connections

For the past couple of years, husband John has been growing medical cannabis specifically for Olivia.  Today, he grows 21 different strains of weed, which he uses to create a tailor-made product for Olivia. It is made up of 47% THC, 26% CBD, and a mixture of other cannabinoids, including CBG, CBC, and CBN.

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John Esterling founded Amazon Herb Company back in 1990. It is an herbal wellness company that merged with TriVita back in 2012. TriVita, is a well established international wellness company based in Scottsdale, Arizona. John spent 22 years working in rainforests and had been looking for the perfect merger alliance.

He said at the time, “I made a personal commitment to our leadership to find a dynamic partner that appreciates our rainforest products and is genuinely sincere about our rainforest mission. Michael Ellison {founder of Trivita] is a man of integrity and purpose whose vision is to help people experience wellness.” 

Olivier again, “I’d heard a lot from my husband about how cannabis could help me. I was a little nervous because I don’t like the feeling of any kind of mind-altering thing … but I started out very slowly, and I adjusted to it, and it’s really helped me greatly.”

She is now pushing for wider acceptance and use of medical cannabis. Her Cancer and Wellness Center back home in Australia is beginning trials. The couple are also lobbying the Australian government to grant approval of its use.  She is hoping to present treatment to the wider public. She said last year, “I hope to be able to offer that treatment to everyone.”

Performing Again

Olivia performed with singer John Farnham at the Fire Fight Aus­­tralia bushfire charity concert in Sydney on February 16. It was her first time on stage since canceling all tour plans after this most recent cancer scare.

She was also reunited with fellow cancer survivor Elton John at his Melbourne concert at the weekend. Elton John, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2017, gave a shoutout to her from the stage. “I’m a fan and I respect and love you so much, and it was great to see you before the show, looking as good as you do. Bless you, forever,”

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Olivia Newton-John and Elton John before his Melbourne concert

Olivia Newton-John is well-loved around the world. She has gained so much respect for her bravery and honesty in tackling her cancer. This news will be welcomed far beyond the world of entertainment and everyone at Mary Jane’s Garage wishes her all the best for her continued wellbeing.

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