How Legalized Cannabis is Changing the U.S.

According to a Gallup poll, support for legalization of cannabis has risen steadily—from 12 percent in 1969, to 31 percent in 2000, to 64 percent in 2017. Following this year’s cannabis elections across the nation, 59.3 percent of the residents in the U.S. reside in a state where marijuana has been legalized, at least to some degree. Twenty-eight states and Washington D.C. have made mmj legal, while nine states and Washington D.C. have legalized the recreational use of cannabis for those over the age of 21.

The Legal Medical Marijuana Market Will Grow Exponentially

Researchers estimate the legal marijuana market will grow by $7-$8 billion as legalization expands, building to a $21.8 billion dollar business by 2020. Support for the legalization of cannabis appears to transcend political party lines, considering that three states which passed medical marijuana laws voted largely Republican. Despite the medical and recreational legalization of marijuana across the nation, on the federal level cannabis remains a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act.

The Number of Youth Who Have Tried Cannabis Has Decreased Since Legalization

Although Kurt Isaacson, president and CEO of Spectrum Health Systems is a vocal critic of legalization, claiming it is detrimental

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Baked with Baked Mac & Cheese

The bitter cold is still roaring in parts of the world, and that means I’m going to cook up the type of meal that sticks to my bones like stews, goulash, oatmeal, mashes, pot roasts, etc. Nothing beats a warm and hearty meal to sail you through the winter until Spring roles around. And what’s better is adding a bit of nostalgia in the mix. Baked macaroni and cheese anybody?

Now, I know the wording is a little ambiguous, so let me clear it up. This dish is both baked and will get you baked if you follow this recipe. I will give you my saucy, melty and cannabis infused cheese recipe in which you can incorporate into a lot of dishes, though it’s intended for a classic mac and cheese. Use it in a grilled cheese, as a dipping sauce, over grilled veggies or on a burger. As always, I will include a variation of cashew cheese for all those lactose-intolerant and vegan readers.

Cashew Cheese

For those of you uninterested in a variation to the ooey-gooey melty cheese sauce, skip ahead! This is a classic vegan favorite: cashew cheese. This recipe is easy; take all the ingredients

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Florida Awaits Justice: The Right To Smoke Medicinal Marijuana

Florida has happily joined the family of states that recognize medical marijuana use as legal. It is a huge step forward, but medical patients are finding it hard to celebrate when they are still faced with harsh restrictions and blowback from their state. Essentially, Florida voted in the right for patients who have been prescribed cannabis to consume it. In July 2017, the state legislators decided that they would interpret that message to ban smoking the raw cannabis product because smoke is harmful to the public. So, whole herb is completely banned because smoking it is illegal for the sake of the public’s health.

What’s Being Done?

The spearhead on this issue is Florida lawyer John Morgan, a big name and advocate for legalizing marijuana (using hashtag #NoSmokeIsAJoke) and protecting medicinal patients. Morgan immediately sued the state for their initial ban and the state challenged to dismiss his case in January 2018. The battle still ensues as the state’s dismissal was denied by Judge Gievers and the case has yet to see justice for all medical marijuana users.

How Does That Happen?

Bureaucracy. Abuse of power. Special interests (like with big pharma companies). This behavior from hubris politicians is

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