Friday, October 22Urban Hippie

Author: Benjamin M Adams

New York State Bans Most Employers From Drug Testing for Pot

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The majority of New York employers are barred from drug testing employees for off-the-clock cannabis use, according to new guidance. The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) released new guidance regarding legalized recreational marijuana use and the workplace including the new worker protections. The DOL published amendments to an existing labor law entitled New York Labor Law 201-D: Adult Cannabis in the Workplace, including specific guidelines about drug testing for cannabis in the workplace. New York’s bill to legalize adult-use cannabis, approved last March, already prohibits most employers from conducting against off-the-clock cannabis use. New York’s Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) was intended to create a legal industry, which includes worker protections for

Indica and Sativa Labels Can’t Be Trusted, Study Indicates

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Most indica and sativa labels on cannabis are incorrect, results from a new analysis show. Cultivars are generally sold as indica, sativa or hybrid of the two, promising energizing or calming effects, but this classification system probably amounts to nothing more than a trend that refuses to die.  A new study published October 14 in Nature Plants re-analyzed nearly 300 samples of cannabis, and found surprising results. Researchers from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada joined a team from Wageningen University & Research institute in the Netherlands to process the data. Researchers gathered and analyzed 297 samples, which were previously quantified for terpene and cannabinoid content, as well as genotyped for over 100,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms. The results ind

Miguel Unveils Nitrogen-Powered Cannabis Drink You Can See in Action

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Going beyond most celebrity-endorsed cannabis products, Grammy Award winning artist Miguel took upon the roles of co-founder, owner and Chief Creative Director of Kalvara—a cannabis-infused drink company that takes a completely novel technological approach to infusion.  Kalvara is the maker of the patented Vessl closure—a nitrogen-powered cannabis liquid delivery device—providing a precise, consistent dose of fast-acting cannabinoids. The technology allows you to see the cannabis infusion—in action. Also, it eliminates the need for single use bottles that litter the planet. The company calls it a “multisensory experience” because when you twist the cap, you hear the release of the pressurized nitrogen, see colorful THC liquid rush into the bottle and taste the naturally flavored beve

Cheech and Chong on New Comic Book Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed with Z2 Comics

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In a High Times exclusive, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong announced today Cheech and Chong’s Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed, co-written by the iconic duo, and published by Z2 Comics. It’s their first graphic novel, released just ahead of the duo’s 50th anniversary. Cheech and Chong’s Chronicles: A Brief History of Weed will be released in a soft and hardcover editions in finer comic shops and bookstores on April 20, 2022.  The comic book is also available to preorder now as soft cover, hardcover and an oversized slipcase deluxe format with wraparound cover art by Bob Fingerman, as well as a matching slipmat, and print set featuring work from Rick Veitch (Swamp Thing), Jim Mahfood (Spider-Man) and Jason Gonzalez. A third and hyper-limited platinum edition will also be available in

Man to be Hanged in Singapore for Importing About Two Pounds of Pot

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A man who imported one kilogram of cannabis (about 2.2 pounds) from Malaysia into Singapore in 2018 is set to hang after his appeal against the conviction and sentence was dismissed by the Apex Court on Tuesday, October 12. Channel News Asia reports that Singaporean Omar Yacob Bamadhaj, 41, was sentenced to death in February after being convicted of one count of importing cannabis into Singapore. Bamadhaj was caught smuggling three bundles containing at least one kilogram of cannabis. The country’s zero-tolerance policy for drugs has led to the hangings of hundreds of people, including dozens of foreigners.  During a routine border checkpoint at Woodlands Checkpoint late in the night on July 12, 2018, police discovered the bundles Bamadhaj was carrying. His father drove the vehicl

California Governor Gavin Newsom Vetoes Cannabis Billboard Bill

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On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom vetoed Assembly Bill 1302, which would have allowed cannabis billboard advertisements on most California highways and interstates, and issued a veto message explaining his reasoning. The governor explained that California’s adult-use cannabis bill had built-in protections to prevent youth from being exposed to cannabis-related advertising, and that he didn’t want to change that. “When the voters passed Proposition 64, they enacted robust protections shielding youth from exposure to cannabis and cannabis advertising,” Newsom wrote. “Among other things, voters completely prohibited billboard-based cannabis advertising on all Interstate Highways, and on all State Highways that cross the California border. Allowing advertising on these high-traffic thoroughf

Sir Paul McCartney Reveals He Hides Hemp Crop From Young Thieves

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On an episode of “River Cafe Table 4” podcast that originally aired October 4, Sir Paul McCartney, 79, revealed that he has to hide his hemp crop from young would-be thieves who are tempted to steal plants, mistaking them for THC-rich cannabis.  In the 26-minute episode, McCartney also recalled tasting wine for the first time with John Lennon in Paris, being a vegetarian and growing organic plants on his property at his rural mansion home in the village of Peasmarsh in East Sussex. “We grow crops,” the former Beatle said. “We like to grow spelt wheat, rye, peas and more.” One particular species stood out. “We’re just really starting to grow hemp,” McCartney admitted. “What’s interesting about government regulation is that every child gets in and robs it, so we have to keep it in a

California Legalizes Smokable Hemp and Food Sales in Historic Bill

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Today California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 45, establishing a comprehensive regulatory framework for the manufacture and sale of hemp-derived products in the state, including smokable hemp as well as hemp-infused food and drink sales. As an emergency statute, the bill goes into effect immediately. While CBD products are freely found in stores, they are considered “adulterated” under existing California law, which is defined under the Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law. What AB-45 will do is provide clarity for the hemp industry—more importantly, reassuring hemp consumers that products are independently tested and labeled properly. EcoGen BioSciences, recently acquired by Kadenwood Brands, is the “largest supplier of raw hemp ingredients in the business,” and is hea
Will Smith Recalls Life-Changing Psychedelic Experiences in New Book

Will Smith Recalls Life-Changing Psychedelic Experiences in New Book

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According to an in-depth cover interview with GQ, Will Smith remembered a series of psychedelic experiences in Peru, and his new memoir Will, set to hit shelves on November 9, will describe the encounters in further detail.  According to GQ, his tell-all Will, will provide the most unpolished version of Smith’s personal story yet—including the details he probably would’ve never shared as his kids were growing up.  The rumours are true: the Fresh Prince himself is coming to London! Catch Will Smith at the @SavoyTheatreLdn for one night only, in support of his new memoir, WILL.Tickets are on sale NOW! Go go go! https://t.co/XFHkOm4M1y pic.twitter.com/6BDiqRKbLE— Stereoboard (@stereoboard) October 1, 2021 Smith’s team recruited Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a

CBGA More Effective For Seizures Than CBD, Study of Mice Finds

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Researchers in Australia say they’ve discovered the “mother of all cannabinoids,” and it isn’t THC or CBD. For the first time, a study reports that three acidic cannabinoids found in cannabis, notably cannabigerolic acid (CBGA), reduced seizures in a mouse model of Dravet syndrome, an intractable form of child epilepsy. The three acidic cannabinoids—CBGA, cannabidivarinic acid (CBDVA) and cannabigerovarinic acid (CBGVA)—”may contribute to the effects of cannabis-based products in childhood epilepsy,” and were noted with “anticonvulsant potential.” CBGA, however, demonstrated the most potential for certain anticonvulsant effects. “From the early nineteenth century cannabis extracts were used in Western medicine to treat seizures but cannabis prohibition got in the way of advancing the