Vetting a Canna-Enthusiast

If you’ve found your way to this article, you’ve probably been smoking in public since you’ve been smoking in the first place, but now is the time for us to introduce others to the joy of medicating between shifts or while going about town. We’ve all been in a situation where we need to medicate for pain reasons, or just to simply bring the edge off social scenarios. In some cases, it may even be a way to socialize when alcohol isn’t available or isn’t the healthiest option.

The act of being that first friend is a time honored tradition amongst those of us who partake, and at this age, it’s time to welcome some newbies in. Help somebody who made it through their 20’s without partaking get into it slowly and steadily, and you may just help educate your next investor or plug. Not everybody had a good friend or relative who could let them in on it. Not everybody was able to keep their connections or live in a free state. This is the time to be that friend who can get around a thick cultural barrier and introduce somebody to something helpful. Hopefully we can make sure everybody has access and feels accepted in this new community we’re building together.

Start to keep a small bit of some inexpensive extract and a decent, but ultimately losable,
vaporizing unit. Make sure you’re okay with losing it, because odds are that friend is going to ask for it, or forget to give it back at the end of the day. You may luck out and have a local manufacturer, but often you can find a cheap unit at your local tobacco shop or glass gallery. Make sure it’s charged and moderately clean so you can give your associate the most accurate idea of what makes each strain special.

Don’t go super heavy in one direction and keep it light. Blue dream, is going to jump to the front of everybody’s list, but I would even stick with your local dispensaries house product (as long as it’s not super sativa-y) or something middle of the road like GG#4 or a Girl Scout Cookies. If you do the pre-filled cartridge thing I advise going lower on the terps. Something too sweet or pungent defeats the purpose of what should feel like a boring day out to a vet canna-thusiast. If using a pen or vape that uses a coil, don’t grab something too sticky or dusty. If it’s hard to use, it’s hard to get somebody started. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to break out some craziness later. If you’re just disk golfing for the afternoon, keep it simple.
When you go out with the less public smoker, give them the pen and promise to handle the minutiae of it. You can then dose yourself through your chosen method, without the fear of having to deal with somebody who’s not exactly on your frequency. Let them experience how to dose themselves, instead of having somebody try to slam a dab into their brain, and enjoy the medicine for what it is. If you’re doing it right, there should be no fine tuning on your pen, just hit the button and blast off. Sit back and wait for the giggles. As always, keep some water handy and be ready for questions!

What to expect at the 710 Degree cup

Errl Cup Presents: 710 Degree Cup 

In Phoenix, Arizona the 710 Degree Cup of 2017 is an event owned and operated by Arizona Medical Marijuana patients. The focus of this event and other Arizona Cannabis Events is to celebrate and focus on patient appreciation. The 710 Degree Cup, specifically, is an event that focuses on marijuana concentrates in medicine such as CBD oil.

When and Where is the 710 Degree Cup?

The 710 Degree Cup is always held the weekend closest to the date of 7/10. So, this year, the event falls the weekend of the 8th – this weekend. It will be held from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm at 1915 Thunderbird Road in Phoenix, Arizona.

It is only fair that we look at the significance of the number 710. Almost everyone is familiar with the significance of 420 and marijuana but 710 is a little newer. This number is used for the celebration of marijuana concentrates specifically and was chosen thanks to its shape. To be more specific, take a look at 710 upside-down and you will notice the word OIL – another term for marijuana concentrates.

 How Much Does the 710 Degree Cup Cost to Attend?

The 710 Degree Cup is a free event. However, it is important to note that it isn’t an event that is open to everyone. Rather than just showing up, you have to register in advance. This is because you must be a Medical Marijuana Patient to attend. To get in, it will be free but you will need a Medical Marijuana Card and a valid State ID to present.

When you register, you will be given a ticket. Without this when you check into the event, you will not be permitted entrance.

What Can You and Can’t You Bring to the 710 Degree Cup?

As with any festival, there are things you can and cannot bring with you inside. It is important to remember that this is a medical marijuana event so everything is kept legal inside the event. Below we have listed what you aren’t allowed to bring.

Allowed:

Cannabis Medication (within the legal amount you are permitted)A way to smoke so long as it is reasonably small

Not Allowed:

Medication for Sale, Alcohol,Drugs,Weapons,Pets, and Minors

What Happens at the 710 Degree Cup?

There will be a variety of dispensaries attending the event selling their product, but that is only part of the 710 Degree Cup. Both patients and dispensaries will be allowed to compete to win the 710 Degree Cup by having the best products and medications available at the event.

If you are a Medical Marijuana Patient from Arizona, you can even apply to be a judge for the event. All you have to do is fill out the form on theerrlcup.com and you will have the chance to be a judge.

Once again, though, to keep everything legal and in order, the 710 Degree Cup event is full of rules and regulations. By looking here, you can find the rules, fees, and categories for the contest for the 710 Degree Cup.

-Veronica Pannell

Legal Cannabis in Jamaica

Jamaica is regarded as a paradise, a beautiful island in the sun with white sand beaches and delicious local food offerings. In recent times however Jamaica is greatly associated with Reggae, Rastafarianism and marijuana. It is often said that no other country has a higher consumption of marijuana than Jamaica and with the recent legalization of the herb, the country is expecting to cash in greatly on the marijuana trade.

There have been strict marijuana-related laws in the country for decades, but two years ago the ‘ganja law’ was passed. This law decriminalized marijuana but only to a certain extent stating that Jamaicans can cultivate and consume marijuana on a daily basis but the number of plants per household should not exceed five and smoking should be restricted to family and friends and within your home.

Rastafarians have a lot more freedom as they can grow and transport unlimited quantities of marijuana as long as they consume it during religious practices and don’t sell it to other parties. Marijuana legalization has the Jamaican government looking to establish a medical marijuana industry, boost tourism through new initiatives, invest in future plans to create jobs and will end the longstanding agitation between consumers of the drug and the state.

Establishing A Medical Marijuana Industry for Revenue

Since the recent legalization of marijuana the main aim of the government is to create a community that will establish a new foundation for building a medical marijuana industry to effectively produce cannabis products. Jamaica is expected to earn up to USD $300 million over the next three years if the government moves in to capture what is described as a rapidly growing global market.

Nutraceuticals and medical cannabis are seen as the cash cows that the country needs. Jamaican Scientist Dr. Henry Lowe advised the government that if Jamaica is to compete internationally then swift action must be taken to avoid being overtaken or becoming redundant. Known internationally for his cancer and nutraceutical research he said that if Jamaica is to overcome its financial crisis through exports, the country needs to move away from relying on banana, sugar and bauxite to non-traditional products and services.

Pills, oils, nutrients, creams and inhalations are expected to become a vital part of the industry. Cannabis is seen as Jamaica’s most lucrative product yet it is far behind countries such as Europe, Israel and the US as it relates to legislation. The government will benefit as well as planters once everyone is familiar with legislation and standards before the cultivation begins.

Boosting Tourism Through New Initiatives

The legalization of marijuana in Jamaica is truly geared towards tourism profits! When you want sunshine, beaches and marijuana you think of Jamaica. The Cannabis Licensing Authority is looking to create kiosks or dedicated desks where visitors can pick up a license to sample some of the best marijuana in the world. These kiosks would be regarded as ‘ganja atms’ and are gaining popularity in several countries. It is mainly aimed towards persons seeking marijuana for medical purposes but persons seeking it for recreation can have up to two ounces throughout their stay in the country.

It is said that the dispenser system for tourism is expected to bring in significant revenue with proper regulation and permitting. The government wants to maintain good control of the regime for tourists seeking to get the ‘real Jamaican ganja experience’. The kiosks are expected to be handled by persons with medical experience and will be providing additional jobs as soon as the project is kick-started.

Investing in Future plans for Job Creation

The newest innovative forms of cannabis regulations in Jamaica are expected to improve the local economy by creating jobs and improving agriculture. Having Jamaica as a team player in the cannabis industry will have benefits across the board, even for the industry itself. It is no secret that Jamaica’s land and climate is ideal for growing and with a cash-cow like marijuana, the country may finally experience true development.

The country has opened its doors to international companies and investors that will encourage more research and development for both a production and medical standpoint. Now that marijuana laws are relaxing internationally the government is embracing its most lucrative agricultural commodity without fear of public scrutiny. It is working hard to make Jamaica the epicenter of cannabis production and research.

Legalization Ends the Agitation

Growing marijuana has been one of the most stressful jobs for planters as most of them usually have to sleep close to the fields due to fear of raids and robberies. Police officers are usually their biggest fear as they burn marijuana fields upon discovery or cut down and confiscate the crops. This is why the new law paves a positive road for the cultivators as they will now be able to reap rewards from their hard labor. There is still much fear for police officers and this has resulted in ganja cultivators putting trust in the Minister of National Security who has vowed to protect them.

Time will show whether or not the ‘island in the sun’ with develop itself as a major player in the marijuana industry as it already has the most important commodity needed for a successful start. Its best asset apart from the weed itself is the terrific climate conducive to growing top-notch marijuana plants. The regulations have to be strict for the time being to encourage a professional and healthy cannabis climate. In the meantime there should be much education done across the board to ganja farmers and those looking to enter the industry.

Zunammie Keren