Hemp-Based Building Material Takes Green Living to New Highs

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You’ve probably had a fever dream about living in a cannabis house (don’t lie.) But what if you actually could?
Seriously, there’s a way to build a house with weed, and it doesn’t involve sewing leaves together at a hemp farm.
It’s done with hempcrete – a mix of hemp hurds (the core of the plant’s stalk), lime, and sand (or pozzolans) which acts as a construction and insulation material (like concrete, but so much more interesting.)
Hempcrete is nothing new. The first known use of it was roughly 1,500 years ago, when, in India, it was used to create Buddhist places of worship, and the Romans built a mortar bridge from a 6th-century version of the material.
If you haven’t heard of hempcrete before, though, you wouldn’t be the only one. Hempcrete only recently reentered the construction market in the United States, since, from 1970 until the 2018 Farm Bill passed, it was illegal to produce hemp. Even today, hemp growth is highly restricted ..

‘SMOKE,’ Marijuana Documentary Executive-Produced and Narrated by Nas, to Air on BET (EXCLUSIVE)

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BET has announced a new original documentary, “SMOKE: Marijuana + Black America,” executive-produced and narrated by Nas. The two-hour film will provide a closeup look at marijuana culture and its impact on both American society and especially the Black community. It’s set to air on Nov. 18.
“The world has finally begun opening up to the cannabis industry the way I feel it should have years ago,” says Nasir “Nas” Jones. “Even still, hate exists in this business for black people, and that is something that sickens me and should be recognized for its blatant evil. The people that have been locked up for marijuana should not only be freed but receive restitution for the damage done to them by outdated laws. It’s important to spread awareness on this, and that’s why everyone needs to make sure they tune in and watch the documentary ‘SMOKE!'”
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Mississippi mayor challenges medical marijuana initiative

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi mayor on Tuesday challenged the petition process that put one of two medical marijuana proposals on the statewide ballot, arguing that the number of signatures gathered does not meet standards set in the state constitution.
Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler filed papers with the state Supreme Court one week before the Nov. 3 general election, more than a month after the start of absentee voting in Mississippi and several months after the secretary of state’s office said the initiative qualified for the ballot.
Supporters of Initiative 65 said their petition process met the requirements set by the constitution and by a 2009 attorney general’s opinion. They also accused Butler and the city of Madison of trying to undermine the initiative.
“The Secretary of State properly qualified Initiative 65 under the same constitutional procedures used for every other successful voter initiative,” Jamie Grantham, spokeswoman for Mississippians for Compass..

Mississippi mayor challenges medical marijuana initiative

Getty JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi mayor on Tuesday challenged the petition process that put one of two medical marijuana proposals on the statewide ballot, arguing that the number of signatures gathered does not meet standards set in the state constitution. Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler filed papers with the state Supreme Court one…

Hemp-Based Building Material Takes Green Living to New Highs

Getty (Photographer: Todd Korol/Bloomberg) You’ve probably had a fever dream about living in a cannabis house (don’t lie.) But what if you actually could? Seriously, there’s a way to build a house with weed, and it doesn’t involve sewing leaves together at a hemp farm. It’s done with hempcrete – a mix of hemp hurds…

Is Smoking Marijuana Bad for Your Heart?

It’s common knowledge that when it comes to vices, smoking marijuana generally isn’t as bad for you as smoking tobacco is – but as a new New York Times piece points out, that doesn’t mean that smoking weed doesn’t pose any health risks at all.
As the article points out, marijuana may pose risks to cardiovascular health. According to a study published in January in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, “marijuana is becoming increasingly potent, and smoking marijuana carries many of the same cardiovascular health hazards as smoking tobacco.”
Researchers also analyzed 36 studies and found that among people who had suffered heart attacks, the top three triggers were using cocaine, eating a heavy meal and smoking marijuana. Beyond that, 28 of 33 systematically analyzed studies linked marijuana use to an increased risk of acute coronary syndromes – a reduction of blood flow to the heart which can cause severe chest pain, shortness of breath or a heart attack.
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Is Smoking Marijuana Bad for Your Heart?

It’s common knowledge that when it comes to vices, smoking marijuana generally isn’t as bad for you as smoking tobacco is – but as a new New York Times piece points out, that doesn’t mean that smoking weed doesn’t pose any health risks at all. As the article points out, marijuana may pose risks to…

Cannabis Line Honoring the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia Drops Next Month

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A new line of cannabis products named after the late Grateful Dead icon Jerry Garcia, Garcia Hand Picked, will be landing in select California dispensaries next month.
The brand is being marketed by Holistic Industries, one of the leading private multi-state cannabis operators in the U.S., in partnership with the Garcia family. The goal is to honor the legacy of the legendary musician who passed away in August of 1995.
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Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway Congress

Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation’s deep political divide.
The Nov. 3 contests in New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana will shape policies in those states while the battle for control of Congress and the White House could determine whether marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.
Already, most Americans live in states where marijuana is legal in some form and 11 now have fully legalized the drug for adults – Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. It’s also legal in Washington, D.C.
In conservative Mississippi, voters will consider competing ballot proposals that would legalize medicinal marijuana, which is allowed in 33 states.
Nick Kovacevich, CEO of KushCo Holdings, which supplies packaging,..

Election could stoke US marijuana market, sway Congress

Voters in four states from different regions of the country could embrace broad legal marijuana sales on Election Day, and a sweep would highlight how public acceptance of cannabis is cutting across geography, demographics and the nation’s deep political divide. The Nov. 3 contests in New Jersey, Arizona, South Dakota and Montana will shape policies…

Last West Virginia county approves cannabis dispensaries

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s lone holdout in taking action on cannabis dispensary permits approved 20 of 21 proposals on Thursday, The Dominion Post reported.
The Monongalia County Board of Health approved the permits during a special session after coming under pressure to get the permits turned over to the West Virginia Office of Medical Cannabis, which will ultimately select up to 100 dispensary locations statewide.
Monongalia County Health Officer Lee Smith pushed back on the criticism during the remote meeting by saying that public health has been pushed to the breaking point – undercut by continual budget cuts then called to be the front line against COVID-19.
Even so, Smith said, the medical cannabis permits, which the Health Department received in June, were not going to get a rubber stamp as they did in many other counties.
Currently state law requires dispensaries to be at least 1,000 feet way from a school or daycare facility. The one location th..

Last West Virginia county approves cannabis dispensaries

Getty Images MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s lone holdout in taking action on cannabis dispensary permits approved 20 of 21 proposals on Thursday, The Dominion Post reported. The Monongalia County Board of Health approved the permits during a special session after coming under pressure to get the permits turned over to the West Virginia…