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Five Cannabis-related Films Loved By The Industry

Are you a weed lover looking for some entertainment and want to know what movies are out there that might be of interest to you? Are you looking for a fun cannabis-related film but don’t know what to choose?

The cannabis industry has quickly become one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, with recent legalizations being made. New strains are coming to the market, and even newer products are making it better to consume them. Marijuana consumption devices have come a long way since the days of smoking a regular joint. Today, there are cannabis consumption devices in all shapes and sizes imaginable, especially in online head shops like DankStop, from pipes to dabs, e-rigs, and bongs. These days, the stigma behind cannabis is almost nonexistent, which means that people won’t mind making movies about it. However, these movies take us back to a time when weed was frowned upon and portrayed the herb as a bad influence – sometimes. Here are 5 cannabis-related films loved by the industry.

Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke

At the very top of our list of cannabis-related movies that are a must-see, is Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke. The first in a trilogy of stoner movies, up in smoke paved the way for stoner movies everywhere. This film was set back in the 1970s and is still hitting hard in the marijuana industry.

Cannabis lovers and stoners will appreciate the oversized joints and the hazy clouds that seem to follow the two lead characters, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. Although it was not the first film about stoners, it was definitely one that played out the way for just about every other comedy stoner film and put out the formula for it.

This might have been where the stigma of lazy stoners came from, but it is nothing but comedy and entertainment.

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

Released in 2004, Harold and Kumar go to White Castle, is quickly approaching its 20th anniversary. This fantastic film is the epitome of stoners in film. The plot revolves around two men on a quest to find the best burger possible.

With a cameo from Neil Patrick Harris as an ecstasy addict and the two leads being stoners, it’s no wonder that the first question they asked is something that any stoner might have asked once before; didn’t we come here on a cheetah?

This is yet another hysterically comedic film that follows the outline of stereotypical potheads. It is comical and very enjoyable for those looking for a good laugh.

Half Baked

Moving on down the list, next in line we have the film Half Baked, which can be seen as a play on words as when someone is high it can colloquially be referred to as being baked. This 90s stoner comedy is a must-see if you are looking for a good laugh.

Although this film is close to reaching 23 years, it is said to have predicted the future trends in marijuana for the next 20 years very accurately. This film shows the more innocent side of stoners.

Back in 1998, people had a much different perception of marijuana, however, this film shows it in both its medicinal and recreational capacity, and puts it in a good light for both the users and even the haters.

How High

Next up we have the film, How High. Which is yet another play on words. It is quite fun to see how all of these films have had some or other play on words. The film’s plot follows two young men as they make their way to Harvard after finding a way to make themselves a genius. This genius was not discovered through books, not through learning, but rather through a secret.

Their secret being the fact that they used the ashes of their dead friend to fertilize and maintain their weed crop. This hilarious and outlandish stoner comedy is definitely something to watch if you are looking for a good laugh.

Pineapple Express

Last but not least, we have the ever-popular Pineapple Express, starring Seth Rogan and James Franco. This film is about a newly discovered strain of marijuana called Pineapple express which is considered rare and said to be something amazing.

Through many adventures throughout the film, we have laughs and tears, making it definitely well worth the watch.

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Honest Marijuana’s Inside Look at Weed Candy

What’s Sweet AND Gives You a Satisfying High? Weed Candy!

Cannabis consumption is entering the mainstream these days, as legalization spreads across the country. While there are all the traditional methods of getting high: smoking a joint, using a bong, and so on, new consumers have fueled the development of new ways of enjoying weed.

Why? For the simple reason that a lot of people don’t want to smoke. Whether because they don’t like the taste, or the stigma associated with the idea of inhaling smoke, there are plenty of people who look for alternative ways to consume marijuana and the most typical method is edibles. While the earliest versions of these were largely focused on pot brownies and cookies, cannabis-infused edibles come in so many more varieties: drinks, pills, snacks, spreads, and even candies.

Without Inhaling, Weed Candy Hits the Spot

As already mentioned, weed candy is a great alternative for those who can’t smoke or don’t want to smoke. And there are serious medical reasons why smoking might be off the table. For example, people with preexisting lung conditions or who use supplemental oxygen can still get the benefits of marijuana, without the risk of explosion!

Other medical conditions, including gastrointestinal issues from eating disorders, digestive disorders, and nausea due to chemotherapy can find relief from their symptoms by directly ingesting the low doses of cannabidiol (CBD) found in high-CBD/low-THC cannabis candy. Adding to these reasons is the simple fact that discretion can be very important to people. By choosing edibles, like candy, you can get the relaxing high without smoke, smell, or coughing. 

Plus there is the added bonus that by getting your cannabis via candy, the effects last for quite a bit longer compared to smoking. This is because the candy, and the cannabis it contains, must first be digested. So, by smoking a joint, the process of getting high is much faster, as the THC moves directly from lungs to bloodstream without being digested, it’s just not an option for everyone. 

What Kind of Weed Candy is Available?

Variety is the spice of life, and consuming cannabis candy is no exception. Weed candy takes many forms. The most popular are lozenges (like Jolly Ranchers), lollipops (food on a stick is always better), and gum.

The type of candy you choose will depend on your situation. For office workers, class attendees, and those concerned about appearances, the lozenge is the most discreet. At other times, a nice lollipop or piece of gum can really liven up a slow afternoon.

Advances in Weed Tech Applied to Candy. Advances in cannabis technology have yielded some pretty amazing options, but few reach the level of nanoencapsulated THC. Too much of a mouthful for you? Just call it Nanobidiol for short.

Nanobidiol is made using a cutting-edge process that minimizes each THC molecule and then surrounds it with a special membrane that gives the THC some unique qualities. Nanobidiol is not only smaller than regular THC, but it’s also more water-soluble. This decrease in size and increase in water solubility makes the THC more bioavailable. That means you’ll feel the high in 2-10 minutes, which is 6 times faster than other weed candy on the market that takes up to an hour to start working! 

How Weed Candy Works

The impacts of weed candy on your system can be thought of in terms of speed and duration. Smoking your marijuana is like a drag race: Its effects are felt almost immediately, but they’re over just as quickly. Cannabis candy is like a NASCAR race: The experience, though still great, takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour to get going. In addition, the effects of marijuana candy tend to last quite a bit longer (from 2-6 hours) because the cannabidiol is slowly digested in the stomach. 

Is Weed Candy for You?

The benefits of weed candy are wide-ranging. Individuals suffering from both acute and chronic disorders can find relief inside a marijuana candy. Everything from chronic pain, autoimmune disorders, insomnia, to nausea, muscle inflammation, nervous system disorders, and muscle spasms can benefit from the way marijuana candy is processed into the body. Individuals who suffer from gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s Disease are especially benefited by marijuana candy and other edibles. This is because Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder of the gastrointestinal tract. Marijuana candy can deliver cannabinoids directly to the site of the disorder and provide much-needed relief.

As With Any Cannabis Product, Quality Counts

Quality is always a concern when it comes to marijuana. Whether you get your fix by smoking or ingesting, you should at least verify the quality of the product you’re consuming. With weed candy, it’s important to keep a few simple things in mind:

Currently, there is no regulatory agency in place for marijuana candy. What this means is that there is no way to ensure the same commercial food-prep standards that apply elsewhere.This can mean that trace amounts of allergens (gluten, nuts, pet dander, lactose) can find their way into the marijuana candy. For people allergic to these things, it’s worth really investigating your sources, or even learning how to bake your own edibles. 

Similarly, there is no way to determine the quality of the cannabis used in the cannabis candy. Because the cannabis is hidden in the mix, it’s very easy for candy companies to dispose of lesser quality marijuana that can’t be sold for smoking. Buying from a reputable source is key. It’s not always possible, but purchasing a marijuana candy that has been lab-tested for potency and contaminants is preferable. The local dispensary that you’ve frequented for a number of years is a good place to start. If they don’t already sell marijuana candy, they might be able to find a reputable supplier.

Never Tried Weed Candy? 

If you’ve never tried weed candy before, we suggest that you purchase a piece or two from a trusted source and see what you think. If you like the taste and the effects it produces, you’ll have a better idea of what you’re looking for in future purchases. As with every other method of cannabis consumption, the important thing is that you enjoy the ride. 

Quality Candy is Made with Quality Weed

Weed candy can come from any one of the more than 700 existing strains and be of any quality. The best weed candy, however, comes from high-quality, organic buds. 

With a good quality organic strain, you’ll need less candy to experience the same effects. In other words, a little will go a long way. You may have to pay a bit more for weed candy made from a high-quality extract, but you’ll be much happier with how you feel when you use it. So don’t settle for an inferior weed candy. Get some made from the best buds on the planet and experience cannabis and candy the way it was meant to be.

About Anthony Franciosi and Honest Marijuana Company

Anthony Franciosi also known as Ant, is an honest to goodness farmer whose fingers are as green as the organic cannabis he grows. He is the proud founder of Honest Marijuana Co. – an all natural, completely organic marijuana growery in Colorado. The company is a pioneer in the industry, using Earth-friendly recyclable tin cans with pure nitrogen to ensure only the highest level of integrity and quality, launching Honest Blunts, the first organic hemp-wrapped, machine-rolled cannabis blunts as well as inventing the patented Nanobidiol Technology, which reduces non-water-soluble substances like cannabinoids into a nano-size so they can be added to candy, transdermal patches, topical lotions, and other cannabis products for the cleanest, most efficient, and most discreet form of cannabis consumption.

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Astro Hippie

Electro-funk star, multi-instrumentalist, producer and life-long stoner GRiZ, today announced the launch of two premium cannabis lines – the THC focused, Astro Hippie, debuting in Michigan, and the nationally available CBD brand, Telescope.

Astro Hippie is a window into the stoner culture of yesteryear, a top-shelf, tantalizingly potent series of flower strains geared towards experimenters and tokers who want to explore life in maximum color; who want to listen to music that tickles their ears and blows their minds; who want to road trip in a beat up van and crank mixtapes. It’s a love letter to the weed culture GRiZ grew up in, and a deliberate rebuttal to the pristine, faceless, private equity brands that are sprouting up post-legalization.

Growing up in Southfield, Michigan, Grant Kwiecinski aka GRiZ, has been getting blazed long before his music career took off, and he remains an outspoken advocate for cannabis, even as he’s risen from playing small clubs to selling out amphitheaters. Growing up selling pot while waiting tables, he’s known the cannabis industry for decades, and previously dropped a bud collab, GRiZ Kush, back in 2017. That experience taught him a lot, and since then he’s been working to create his own lines that pair his values with exceptional products and an embrace of the DIY stoner culture he has been immersed in for years.

Stalking growers, cultivators and fellow lifers, GRiZ developed Astro Hippie with Pure Options, a long-time cultivator in Michigan. With funky out of this world flavor profiles in mind, Astro-Hippie will be available in three different strains G Funk, Mr. B OG, and Tie Dye Medusa, all tested to guarantee maximum THC levels for lift-off. Inclusivity and energy are key to GRiZ’s mission, and he focused on solely working with partners who have decades’ long roots in cannabis culture like himself.

Astro Hippie will debut in Michigan, where it all started for GRiZ, an homage to his home state, where every year he produces the annual 12 Days of GRiZMAS series, which has raised over $200k for charity in the last two years alone.

As his knowledge of the marijuana plant has grown, so has GRiZ’s understanding and appreciation of its medicinal benefits, which led to the CBD line, Telescope, a range of products which aims to bring wellness into focus. GRiZ is a huge proponent of using cannabis for pain relief, and with Telescope he’s created an exceptionally high quality CBD range that allows users of all types to smoke and benefit from the plant without having to blast off.

Telescope’s CBD hemp flower is offered in three delectable flavors, the sativa dominant hybrid Astronaut Ice Cream, that features complex sweet cherries notes with a strong essence of lime and skunky pine; and the indica dominant hybrid Milky Way, a potent mixture of lavender, cinnamon and orange. Cosmic Candy, the pre-rolled pack offerings, blends flavorsome notes of black pepper and perfectly ripened fruits.

The gourmet gummies are offered in a 10:1 CBD:THC recipe with hemp-derived Delta 9 THC, giving users a euphoric experience delivered with precision. The gummies will initially launch in two bright flavors of Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Sunset Sorbet, with additional flavors added seasonally.

The 1000mg Vibe Check tincture is on the leading edge of CBD tinctures in the marketplace in that it features cannabis derived terpenes. These terpenes not only give it a unique and incredible flavor profile but also help bring out the positive effects of the cannabinoids in a process known as the entourage effect. It is a defined spectrum tincture that includes CBD, CBG, CBC, and THC.

Five Works of Art and Literature Inspired by Marijuana 

Art and literature can transform the world and help us to see things in a different way. There are so many different types that you can choose to work with and all of them add some beauty to the world. When it comes to marijuana and psychedelic drugs, there are some great works of art and literature that are inspired by this plant, allowing us to open up and learn more about it. Some of the best works of art and literature inspired by marijuana include:

Super Plant

This work of art can help open your eyes to this beautiful plant and see it under new eyes. While many people assume that marijuana is all bad, evil even, seeing such a beautiful work of art will be able to help you see more about it and all the delicate and natural beauty that comes with it. 

Marijuana: It’s Just a Plant

This is a work of literature that will help you to explore marijuana and other psychedelic plants in a new light. While this may not be the first thing that parents will reach for when reading a story to their kids at night, it will make it a point that millions of people use pot each day so it is not such a novel idea compared to what we think. This is a reliable source to introduce the idea of marijuana to your kids, where the parents can help them to learn something new, rather than hoping they get it from the news or other sources. 

Bong Hit Station

This is an absurd video that was released in 2013 and can provide all the details that someone new to the world of marijuana would be able to use when they want to get stoned. Sometimes the steps will seem a bit complex and like they do not need to be so bad, but that is part of the humor that many will enjoy with this video. 

California Artist

This simple stone sculpture is almost a type of self-portrait for Robert Arneson. He felt that, as an artist that worked in California, he had to deal with a lot of unfair characterizations that he was not that fond of. With that in mind, he created this sculpture, complete with a hippie look and a pot plant growing with it. 

Bongolier

Created by Bentley Meeker, Bongolier is a light installation that is meant to mix the high and low culture all in one. It is basically a light display that has chandeliers made out of glass bongs that he repurposed for this sculpture. There are also other sculptures that are there to help juxtapose some of the different sources of light that are in there. Some are going to be kind of shady and others are there to show the full spectrum to give something unique. 

The Shifting Perception of Marijuana and Other Psychedelics

The approval of marijuana and psychedelics has been a shifting change in many countries over the years. While there are still a lot of individuals and even governments that are not jumping on board, there is more acceptance for this than there was in the past. With more art and literature being inspired by marijuana each day, we are sure to see this become more widely seen in the future. 

Seeing the Beauty of Marijuana

While there are still some people who worry that marijuana and other similar drugs are all bad and will ruin society, there is so much beauty and joy that comes with this plant and many different benefits that come with it. Thanks to the introduction of many different types of art and literature, more people throughout the world will be able to see some of this beauty too. 

Three Things Movies Get Wrong About Marijuana

Movies are a great way to escape reality and get lost in the lives of characters that we love, and the fact that so many people have been exposed to cannabis through movies has led to an increase in demand for cannabis products which means there are more options available than ever before. Some of your favorite movies portray cannabis consumption using various methods, with joints and water pipes being used most often. Both joints and water pipes are iconic symbols of cannabis culture. In movies, water pipes can be seen as a prop used for smoking, and there are plenty of examples that show how much Hollywood loves these devices. If you love a good water pipe too, you can go to Daily High Club’s website, where you’ll find a great selection of shapes and designs. Today there are a variety of different water pipes you can use and each has its own unique benefits.

But have you ever wondered how accurate movies are when it comes to their representation of marijuana? Do you feel like you have learned all you know about marijuana by watching movies?

Stoner movies can be classified as a separate genre. You can’t expect them to be artsy, but they’re always funny and entertaining. Whether it’s Pineapple Express or Up in Smoke, these films show cannabis consumption as a non-threatening activity.

Unfortunately, these films also manage to get some crucial facts about cannabis wrong. There are so many different myths about cannabis, and hardly any of them are true. If you want to know more about these myths, here are 3 things movies get wrong about marijuana.

Cannabis users are lazy and unemployed

One of the biggest stereotypes that cannabis users face is that they are lazy and unemployed. This is all down to how movies have portrayed stoners in film and how they come across to the audience. While this is what is seen in these movies, most of the time this actually isn’t the case.

The stoner stereotype makes it look like stoners are slow. However, marijuana is known as a depressant which means it slows down the nervous system and brain function. This does not mean that people are lazy or dumb. In fact, this kind of nervous system depressant can be really beneficial to people, especially those who are struggling with anxiety.

This kind of slow down brain function means that people can be more present and appreciate being in the moment. It aids in concentration and even allows for people to see another perspective on issues.

Although this stereotype does ring true about a few people at times, it Is not the case across the board and should not be portrayed this way in movies, as it does give this misconception.

Cannabis users hallucinate

Moving on to the next point, another common misconception about marijuana that is portrayed in movies, is that it makes people hallucinate. Hallucinations are commonly associated with illegal drugs and the idea of stoners. However, marijuana is not one of those drugs that contribute to hallucinations. Movies tend to make it seem like when someone gets high, their whole world goes askew.

While some strains of marijuana are stronger than others, and some contain a higher percentage of THC than others, marijuana doesn’t affect what you see and you won’t get hallucinations from it. Hallucinations are typically caused by different illegal drugs such as magic mushrooms and LSD.

Filmmakers create this idea of how marijuana affects people because it’s what people typically associate with marijuana users. People who have never consumed marijuana will not know this.

Cannabis users can’t get addicted

One thing that a lot of stoner movies seem to get wrong is that they say cannabis users can’t be addicted to weed. This is so far from the truth in reality. Marijuana gives your brain a temporary state of relaxation and boosts its serotonin chemically. Over time if you have continually given your brain this boost, it will become used to it and begin to expect the THC so that you can function as per normal.

This means that marijuana is very addictive. It’s not addictive in the way that you might crave it, but it is addictive in the way that you might experience some withdrawal symptoms that will bring you right back to having a joint.

On the bright side, all of the marijuana withdrawal symptoms are uite manageable and easy to handle, so if you do find yourself addicted, it’s not the end of the world. These side effects include things like restlessness, nausea, irritability, insomnia, and more. You would have a much harder time if you were trying to quit smoking cigarettes or if you were addicted to a much harsher drug.

As one starts to learn more and more about marijuana, even if you don’t consume it yourself, it is very clear to see that movies are just portraying this stereotype to please the audience. There are so many facts that are left out which leave so many questions.

Trends within the cannabis industry 

There is so much happening in the cannabis industry and so many things that attract attention. Cannabis is starting to be legalized across many parts of the world after being an illegal substance for a very long time. The stigma that surrounded cannabis is slowly starting to fade as well and society, in general, is beginning to embrace this herb. Medical marijuana is also something that is starting to become very popular in society and this has contributed towards the growth of the cannabis industry and today about 158.8 million people use marijuana around the world. There are some trends within the cannabis industry that have resulted in the evolution of the industry, such as the sale of dry herb vaporizers at online stores like MagicVaporizers, and these trends, which will be discussed in this article, are fuelling the popularity of marijuana. 

Rise of CBD 

CBD, which is one of the main active ingredients in the cannabis plant, has become increasingly popular. Unlike THC, CBD does not produce any psychoactive effects, instead, it provides users with many health benefits. Researchers and medical professionals are intrigued by CBD and new information about the chemical is constantly being released. A few of the health benefits of CBD include:

  • Pain relief
  • Anti-inflammatory 
  • Anxiety relief
  • Anti-depressant 
  • Induces sleep 
  • Increases appetite

It is legal to buy CBD products in the United States and many other places around the world making CBD legal. There are many benefits that you get from CBD including the many health benefits without the psychoactive high. 

Cannabis tourism 

Ask anyone 50 or even 20 years ago and they would tell you that they would never predict that cannabis tourism would become a trend in society. Cannabis tourism allows individuals to embark on tours while consuming cannabis. The tours provide people with the opportunity to enjoy leisure time while enjoying a nice high and they are very popular. An example of cannabis tourism is the Tweed Visitor Centre located in Smiths Falls where you can take a tour of real grow rooms and you can even watch them make chocolate edibles. You can attend a cannabis café, a tour, a festival, or even take a ride on a tour bus while smoking a lovely strain. The fact that this is even a thing shows just how much society is embracing cannabis and how popular it is. These tours are great for the cannabis industry as well as for the economy.

Edibles and beverages

Edibles and beverages are consumables that are infused with cannabis. During the cooking or brewing process, cannabis is added and this allows it to infuse into the product so that when it is consumed, you feel the effects of the substance. This is one of the easiest ways to consume cannabis and people love it because the high is more potent and it lasts much longer than when you consume through other methods such as smoking for example. The benefit of consuming marijuana this way is the reduced health risk and you can infuse any edible or beverage with cannabis including ice cream, brownies, tea, and beer.

Topicals 

Topicals are another popular cannabis trend and it is when lotions, creams, oils, or balms are infused with cannabis. To consume this way, you simply apply the topical onto your skin and wait for the effects. People consume cannabis this way because it does not produce a psychoactive high and when topicals are applied to your muscles or joints, it relieves pain and stiffness. This method of consumption is very popular amongst athletes. An example of a topical is CBD-infused coconut oil that you can apply to your skin.

Terp sauce 

Terp sauce is not widely known however it is trending within the cannabis industry. It is a marijuana extract that consists of more than 50% terpenes which is a very fragrant oil that is found in different plants, including the cannabis plant and terpenes are responsible for the plant smell and unique taste. Terp sauce also contains cannabinoids as well as other compounds. You can consume terp sauce by dabbing it or simply adding it to your vaporizer, bong, pipe, or joint. People consume marijuana this way because it is very potent and the benefits are that it is good for relaxation and mood elevation. 

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UPROAR Hip Hop Festival

Lil Wayne is hitting the stage along with members of Young Money and friends for the UPROAR Hip Hop Festival at the Torch inside the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Friday, Aug. 13. CampNova, with Lil Wayne, is giving away VIP live stream tickets with every purchase of GKUA Ultra Premium cannabis products available for sale HERE.

“GKUA is about feeling inspired,” Lil Wayne said. “I’m looking forward to sharing that GKUA inspiration from the L.A. Coliseum. It is time to celebrate with friends.”

The giveaway also includes Campnova’s retail partners — Hellapaxx and Smoke On The Water, delivery companies tasked to deliver tickets directly to customers who order GKUA between Aug. 10-13. GKUA is available for same or next-day delivery. Customers also have the option of paying in cash or with credit cards. Tickets are available for delivery in the entire state of California, although limited in availability. The retail value of the ticket is estimated at $75.

The GKUA Ultra Premium flower, available on CampNova, features eighths of G.O.A.T. and Slime and the products including virtual tickets with every purchase.

The VIP tickets for the UPROAR Hip Hop Festival will provide virtual experiences—from a dance competition to an art walk, along with non-stop backstage interviews and roaming cameras. It also includes glimpses of the red carpet, an inside view of the VIP Lounge and access to virtually interact with the immersive elements of the live stream.

Following the announcement of the UPROAR Hip Hop Festival, the GKUA Creative Director, Baqi Kopelman, also told Forbes, the August concert is the first of more Lil Wayne events at the L.A. Coliseum. GKUA recently entered an exclusive agreement with the venue to host 4/20 events, including in-person and virtual parties, performances and other events. The deal is set for the next five years with an option for renewal.

“We are creating an experience that will allow you to party with some of the greatest hip-hop artists of our time and all your best friends,” added Kopelman.

Purchase is not necessary.

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Dodi Blunts × Last Prisoner Project – Apprenticeship Program for Justice-Impacted Individuals

Dodi Blunts and Last Prisoner Project (LPP) are excited to announce the Dodi Blunts/Last Prisoner Project Apprenticeship Program. This program is designed to help LPP constituents take their first step back into working society and offers them the mentoring, training and hands-on experience needed for a career in the cannabis industry. For 90 days, the apprentice will work with Dodi Blunts, gaining valuable experience and industry connections needed for a flourishing career in cannabis.

“Having a cannabis felony on your record makes it very hard to earn gainful employment,” said Jeff Goldenberg, Co-Founder of 2nd and Goal Ventures, the company behind Dodi Blunts, “Helping LPP constituents gain a foothold in the cannabis industry makes a ton of sense, given what the industry has taken from the community.”

The program starts in consultation with the apprentice – to determine their skills sets, experiences and interests – and determine an area of focus. The apprentice is also rotated through several different areas and functions to gain a wide variety of experience. Finally, once the program is successfully completed, the apprentice will continue their employment with Dodi or another company in the cannabis industry.

The apprenticeship program is the first initiative between Dodi Blunts and Last Prisoner Project since the launch of Dodi in April. Dodi Blunts is the brand of former NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch, who recently signed on to become a Last Prisoner Project Ambassador. The two organizations have plans for many more initiatives over the coming year.

Last Prisoner Project is not just talking about second chances but really being about it. It only makes sense that those affected by their cannabis past have a chance to let it play a part of their futures too,” said Marshawn Lynch.

“We are beyond excited to team up with Dodi Blunts in this way,” said Last Prisoner Project Managing Director Mary Bailey. “It’s so important that these justice-impacted individuals are given a path forward and Dodi has really stepped up to the plate in a way that we at Last Prisoner Project are so appreciative of and we hope other cannabis companies will follow suit.”

The first apprentice under the new program is Katree Saunders who, in 2011, was convicted on federal charges of possession and intent to distribute cannabis during a federal effort to crack down on Nevada marijuana dispensary operators before retail sale of weed was legalized in the state. Almost a decade later, she’s still working to rebuild her life.

“Being the first LPP constituent in the program, I am excited and thankful at the same time,” said Katree Saunders. “This opportunity with Marshawn and the Dodi brand means a lot to me after being a justice-impacted individual. Having recently graduated Columbia Business School for Entrepreneurship and being accepted to the apprenticeship program, I feel like I can be a shining example of what is possible after being affected by the collateral damage of this failed War on Drugs. It’s the chance to be resilient, while making a positive impact on the community. Just because you have been formerly incarcerated, doesn’t mean you have no goals or dreams you would like to accomplish. It has given me inspiration.”

About Last Prisoner Project:

The Last Prisoner Project (LPP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to cannabis-related criminal justice reform. As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered under America’s unjust policy of cannabis prohibition. Through intervention, advocacy, and awareness campaigns, the Last Prisoner Project works to redress the past and continuing harms of these inhumane and ineffective laws and policies. Visit the Last Prisoner Project Website or text FREEDOM to 24365 to donate and learn more.

About Dodi Blunts:

Dodi Blunts invites fans to unite their love for sports and cannabis through high quality, high potency cannabis products, that elevate communities, support social equity issues and represent the Bay Area vibe. The brand is the brainchild of NFL superstar Marshawn “BeastMode” Lynch who professes to “having a love-love relationship with Dodi.” Dodi aims to provide the most innovative, highest potency products while exporting Oakland weed and strains to the rest of the state and the world. Dodi isn’t just a weed brand – it’s a community, a vibe and a revolution. Learn more by visiting Dodi Blunts.

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Free Tameka Drummer

Free Tameka Drummer, who is serving a life sentence for a marijuana charge due to unjust habitual offender laws in Mississippi.

In 2008, Tameka Drummer was sentenced to life in prison in Mississippi for possessing 2 ounces of marijuana. She was pulled over for a routine traffic stop for an expired license plate when officers searched her car and found a small amount of pot – the same amount which can now be bought legally in many states. She has been in prison for the last 12 years for this offense and will be for the rest of her life unless citizens continue to put pressure on the Mississippi government to do away with unjust “habitual offender” laws like the one that has imprisoned Drummer.

The habitual offender statute allows for extended imprisonment for previous offenders, usually far beyond the typical maximum sentence for a crime. This allows for lesser offenses, like Drummer’s small amount of pot, to result in life sentences. These laws disproportionately affect Black men and women and participate in the toxic cycle of mass incarceration in America. Drummer was counted as a habitual offender due to two previous marijuana possession convictions, as well as being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in 1992 and aggravated assault in 1998.

While people put pressure on Gov. Tate Reeves to pardon Drummer or do away with habitual offender laws, something he says he has no intention of doing, more people are coming to understand how unjust these laws are. Mississippi’s habitual offender laws are some of the harshest, and the state holds the title of the third-highest imprisonment rate in the US. A report by FWD.us says “Mississippi’s habitual offender laws are causing “extreme” prison sentences that are disproportionately affecting African American men and are costing the state millions of dollars for decades of incarceration.”

Drummer, as well as many others, deserves a chance at justice. Help her achieve it by signing this petition to put pressure on Gov. Reeves and state officials to do away with unjust habitual offender laws and release minor offenders like Drummer.