Over 150 Athletes Sign Letter to World Anti-Doping Agency Asking for Removal of Marijuana from Prohibited List

Over 150 current and former athletes have signed a letter that’s been sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency, asking them to remove marijuana from its list of prohibited substances.

Mike Tyson (Photo: Biography.com).

Retired NFL players Jake Plummer and Ricky Williams, famed boxer Mike Tyson and cyclist Floyd Landis are among the athletes who submitted the letter through Athletes for CARE, a nonprofit organization that advocates for marijuana research to treat a variety of ailments.

“Athletes for CARE is proud to have such a strong network of respected athletes campaigning for the removal of cannabis from the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited substance list,” Anna Symonds, a rugby player and Athletes for CARE representative, said in a statement. “We’re also calling on fans to show their support online via our Change.org petition.”

The letter specifically asks for THC, the main active ingredient of cannabis, to be removed from the list.

“We have found an improved quality of life through cannabis and natural cannabinoids, including significant therapeutic and wellness benefits, and these positives should be freely available to all other athletes,” the letter reads.

The release of the letter comes two days after recently retired NFL defensive end Chris

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Two-Year Investigation of Illicit Weed Market Leads to Multimillion Dollar Raids

In a reminder that marijuana legalization does not legalize the production of all marijuana, Colorado police announced that they spent Wednesday morning busting a large swath of unauthorized cannabis production. Officers seized an almost unbelievable total of $240 million in marijuana plants and $13.5 million in market-ready cannabis, in addition to a Porsche, a BMV, and a Mercedes Benz from middle to upper class homes across the Denver suburbs.

A press release said that the operation yielded a total of 80,000 cannabis plants, which were confiscated from 41 houses in areas like Arvada, Thornton, Aurora, Castle Rock, Brighton, Parker, and Centennial, though raiding a total of 183 homes kept local law officers busy.

Denver7 reports that over 200 search warrants were involved — the same amount as had been filed during marijuana operations going back to legalization in 2014. That publication was unable to confirm if there had been arrests or which criminal charges have been filed in conjuncture with the investigation. The Denver Post reported that “dozens” of individuals were arrested during the operation.

The raids were apparently the product of a multi-year investigation into criminal enterprise that was shipping the finished cannabis over state lines. Wednesday’s operations were

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Data Finds Canadians in New Brunswick Reluctant to Buy Pot With Credit Cards

Canadians aren’t so into paying for cannabis on credit. And Canada’s federal privacy commissioner says you probably shouldn’t anyway. Instead, Commissioner Daniel Therrien is recommending extreme caution when it comes to putting pot purchases on plastic, telling consumers that it’s probably better to just pay with cash. Because while cannabis is legal across Canada, consumer credit card data is almost always housed across the border. And that means records of an activity that’s lawful in Canada end up on servers in countries, like the United States, where it isn’t.

Canadian Cannabis Consumers Prefer Cash, Debit over Credit

The cultural transformation that’s taking place because of marijuana legalization is raising privacy concerns in unexpected places. And Canadian cannabis consumers may have a sense of the way their purchasing habits put them at risk.

According to cannabis sales data, Canadian buyers vastly favor paying for weed with cash or debit card over paying with credit. In New Brunswick, for example, just 16 percent of all in-store cannabis purchases were made with a credit card. Instead, consumers made half of their purchases with a debit card, and 34 percent paid with cold, hard cash.

It’s a phenomenon that’s specific to cannabis, market analysis

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Planning Your Colorado Cannabis Road Trip

Got a full tank of gas and mountains on your mind? As the snow starts melting, driving through Colorado isn’t as daunting as it can be in winter, and there’s heaps of fun to be had, even when most ski slopes are closed.

No matter where you go in this state, chances are good that you’ll drive by a dispensary or twenty during the trip. If you’re not from Colorado, there’s no reason not to stop at one (or more): You’re on vacation, and recreational marijuana is totally legal here (as long as you follow these rules and have a designated driver).

Still, you should know that some popular spots are more hospitable to cannabis users than others. Here’s a breakdown of how to have the most cannabis-friendly fun possible during your Colorado road trip, with a mix of roadside attractions, dispensary bargains, cannabis tourism, munchies and outdoor adventures.

– Read the entire article at Westword.

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Baking with CBD

If you haven’t heard of CBD and its impact on the wellness industry, then you’ve been living under a rock. The restorative and non-hallucinogenic compound has been called many things, including, but not limited to: a fad, the best thing that’s ever happened to patients who need pain relief, and one of the most profitable business ventures of the future. It’s okay if you’re feeling a little curious and want to give it a try.

While there are tons of CBD products and edibles out there, the FDA is still closely monitoring the compound. While this is annoying, it’s also a good opportunity to get creative, especially if you’re feeling like having a delicious brownie that will also relax you and get you de-stressed. Here’s what you need to know about baking with CBD.

CBD won’t get you high, but it will help you cope with anxiety and pain. It might also help you have better sleep and relax your nervous system after a particularly grueling week or day. It’s important to know that CBD remains a mystery, and that it can affect people in different ways. For some, that means blissful calm and for others, it means the chance

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Maine Officials Set Goal Date for Start of Recreational Marijuana Sales

Maine, a state that legalized recreational marijuana in 2016, still doesn’t have a commercial marketplace for cannabis. But regulators say they at least have a plan for what that marketplace will look like, one they hope to have up and running by spring 2020. Maine’s medical cannabis industry operators and entrepreneurs eager to get a foothold in the consumer market aren’t too pleased with the draft rules, however. They say onerous requirements put small local producers at a major disadvantage and pave the way for a takeover by large cannabis corporations.

Maine’s Proposed Regulations Could Crush Craft Cannabis, Critics Say

A month ago, in late April, Maine’s Office of Marijuana Policy unveiled their draft plan of a regulatory structure to govern a commercial cannabis industry. The 74-page rulebook gave Maine residents their first real glimpse at what recreational marijuana sales might look like. The Office of Marijuana Policy worked “at a breakneck pace to complete the work necessary to establish the regulatory and licensing regime that will govern adult-use marijuana,” said director Erik Gundersen. The goal was to deliver a final draft of the proposed rules to the Maine Legislature before they wrap up their first regular session this June.

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13 Questions with Tommy Chong on His 81st Birthday

Stoner icon Tommy Chong turns 81 today, May 24. Here are highlights from interviews Freedom Leaf has conducted with Chong in which he talks about his long partnership with Richard “Cheech” Marin, the ending of Up in Smoke and other subjects from his 66-year-career.

When was the first time you smoked pot?

I was 17 years old at a jazz club in Calgary. A Chinese jazz musician brought back a Lenny Bruce album and a couple of joints from California. He gave me the Lenny Bruce record and the joint. We lit his joint up, because I saved mine, and I got high for the first time. It was the first time I ever smoked. It changed my life. The next day I quit school.

How did you meet Cheech?

He was a draft dodger from the States. He was the first Mexican I ever met, so I just wanted to touch him. When he met me, he’d never seen anything like me before either. I had real long hair, a Genghis Khan kind of look. He had real short hair, because he was dodging the draft from America in Canada and was trying to blend in. His name was Richard Marin.

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Gas Station Chain Sheetz Now Selling CBD Products in Pennsylvania Locations

Gas station and convenience store chain Sheetz is probably best known for its massive selection of snacks and touchscreen ordering system.

Now, the chain is diving headfirst into the CBD craze. As announced by the company earlier today, Sheetz is now adding a full line of CBD products to its offerings.

Sheetz’s New CBD Lineup

The company made the announcement in a press release published today. As per the release, Sheetz has now started selling CBD products at 140 stores across Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to be the first convenience store to offer a broad selection of premium CBD products at this magnitude,” Ryan Sheets, AVP of Brand, said in the statement. “This is the next evolution for Sheetz in ensuring we are meeting the needs of our customers, giving them what they want, when they want it, 24/7/365.”

The company said its new CBD lineup will include a broad number of products. In particular, the lineup will feature “both isolate and full spectrum” CBD products.

Sheetz said it will now be selling the following items:

topicals, including rubs and patches tinctures vape pens oral pouches capsules pet products

As per Pennsylvania and federal law, Sheetz stores will sell products

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NFL to Study Medical Marijuana Potential With Football Player’s Union

The NFL’s longstanding hostility to marijuana use among its personnel could soon be relaxed, as the league and the union representing players have agreed to study cannabis as a method of pain management.

As part of the agreement, the league and the NFL Players Association will participate in two committees designed to provide guidance on the matter; the study will also include an examination of the use of prescription drugs by players.

“I think it’s a proud day for the NFL and the NFLPA to come together on these issues in a very public way,” Allen Sills, the league’s chief medical officer, told the Washington Post in an interview this week. “I think it demonstrates the spirit of cooperation we have around our health and safety issues. … Both of these committees are about providing the best health care we can to players.”

The NFL has long maintained a strict policy against marijuana, which is on the league’s list of banned substances. Players are regularly drug tested, and face suspensions and fines if they fail to comply with the policy.

At the same time, the league is facing widening scrutiny over the debilitating injuries suffered by players, many of whom

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Texas Senate Advances Medical Marijuana Expansion Bill, Rejects Inclusion of PTSD

Medical marijuana patients scored a tentative win on Wednesday when the Texas Senate passed a revised version of a house bill that would add several qualifying health conditions to the state’s requirements for access to medical cannabis.

Now individuals with all forms of epilepsy, seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, ALS, terminal cancer, autism, and incurable neurodegenerative diseases would be able to access to the medicine with a doctor’s approval under House Bill 3703. Previously, the state’s Compassionate Use Program only allowed people with severe forms of epilepsy to access the drug. For all medical marijuana patients, the legislation cuts the requirement of two licensed neurologists for entry to the program in half.

“This bill is about compassion,” commented Senator and emergency room doctor Donna Campbell, who sponsored the bill at the Senate level and who made clear during floor discussion of the legislation that she is not in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. “For patients participating in the [Compassionate Use Program], they have had a remarkable and life-altering change because of this. That’s compassion.”

To many marijuana advocacy groups’ surprise, the Senate passed the bill unanimously — but not without making some significant changes to its scope. The new version

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