‘Tis better to give than to receive. But ’tis even better when you live in a state where marijuana is legal and you can pick up some cannabis-themed gifts to spread holiday joy.
Yes, after another year of significant progress on marijuana reform, it’s finally time to celebrate the holidaze. And to mark the occasion, Marijuana Moment put together a gift guide featuring cannabis (or cannabis-adjacent) products that can be tucked under the tree for all kinds of enthusiasts.
Some of the ideas below were crowdsourced, while others are personal favorites.
This reporter and Marijuana Moment did not receive payment or any other form of remuneration for including any product, though in some cases press samples were accepted.
1. Kikoko cannabis-infused tea set, $28.
I attended a Kikoko “high tea” event at a Los Angeles dispensary earlier this year and, at first, really didn’t think the product would be for me. But I walked away with some samples, steeped a packet of their Tranquili-Tea blend—which contains just 3mg of THC and 5mg of CBN—and it did the trick. Despite the low THC, it put me in the right headspace to fall asleep. Added perk: it tasted great. All four of the company’s infused tea blends—for sleep, arousal, mood elevation and pain—are available in a ready-to-go gift box for the holidays.
2. VETCBD, $40-$70.
Pets can suffer from many of the same ails that lead humans to seek out medical cannabis, and they have cannabinioid receptors that respond to components of marijuana, too.
Medical marijuana is helping pets too. pic.twitter.com/HOihB7VIUK
— ATTN: (@attn) February 21, 2017
VETCBD is a 20:1 CBD:THC tincture formulated by veterinarians, and while you can read through the many glowing testimonials online, you can also take my word for it. I’ve been incorporating VETCBD into my elderly German Shepherd’s diet for almost two years, and it visibly helps her manage pain from arthritis and enhances her mobility in general. For now, VETCBD is only available in California.
This was one of the first suggestions I received and, while it’s not quite something you can wrap up and tie a bow around, it deserves top placement. While those of us in a growing number of states now enjoy the freedom of a legal cannabis market, prohibition dealt a long-term blow to millions of Americans caught up in prohibitionist prosecution. Here are a few organizations working to get automatic expungements included in drug policies, or helping to facilitate expungement applications, that you can donate to in order to help spread freedom: the Equity First Alliance, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Code for America, and the Drug Policy Alliance.
Separately, if you happen to be a governor reading this, you can always give the gift of pardons and commutations to people needlessly punished for marijuana or other drugs with a simple stroke of your pen…
4. Pro-reform advocacy t-shirts, $25.
Show your support for marijuana reform by sporting t-shirts from national advocacy groups on the forefront of the effort to change laws, like the Marijuana Policy Project, Drug Policy Alliance, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and NORML.
5. Bloom Drop, $50
For people who aren’t exactly pros at dabbing but still enjoy a nice concentrate from time to time, Bloom makes it easy with its “Drop” product line. Each dropper contains 560mg of THC and 240mg of terpenes and other cannabinoids. Simply pull off the cap and push down on the syringe for a smooth and consistent stream of viscous cannabis oil. The dropper can also be used to give joint or edibles an extra kick.
6. Books! $8-$15.
When I put out a call for marijuana gift ideas, I got a lot of book recommendations. Though I haven’t gotten around to reading all of these, my sources know what they’re talking about and I added a few of them to my own wish list this year.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (as recommended to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by U.S. Sen. Cory Booker)
7. My Bud Vase, $79-$350.
My Bud Vase sells a variety of artisanal bongs to choose from. I really like this one, called “Coyōté.” The ceramic bong “features a sand textured covering and a matte painted full bodied base” and also “comes with the succulent topper and the bottle-brush style faux flower poker.” Fancy!
8. Nail Crown, $25.
This recommendation comes from cannabis influencer Coral Reefer, who definitely knows a thing or two about dabbing and how to simplify the process. The Nail Crown is made of silicon and can be used to “grab and store hot metal, glass or quartz” and also serves as a storage unit for sticky tools and concentrates. The company behind the product, Cruz Culture, also says the Nail Crown can be used as a tripod for a cell phone—which could be great for people who like to post videos of themselves getting stoned.
9. Lord Bryon’s Smoker’s Candle, $11.
There are plenty of stoner hacks out there to help keep a room smelling fresh after a good toke, but this odor-eliminating candle is a lot more simple and effective than blowing smoke through a tube with a sheet of fabric softener attached to the end.
10. Classic BIC pack, $12.
Full disclosure: I am the person who accidentally pockets lighters after a sesh. So this year, I’m paying it forward and gifting this 12-pack of BICs.
12. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s hemp pen, $17.76.
Finally, celebrate the pending legalization of industrial hemp with your very own hemp pen. Now, I can’t say definitively that this pen is the same one that McConnell used to mark the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which includes his hemp legalization provision, but it looks pretty similar.
Making it official with my hemp pen!🖋️ Proud to have served as conferee on #FarmBill & to fight for #Kentucky priorities. With today's signature, my provision to legalize industrial #hemp is 1 step closer to reality. Looking forward to voting YES on this bill & sending to @POTUS pic.twitter.com/8ypwBebXy7
— Leader McConnell (@senatemajldr) December 10, 2018
You be the judge.
Marijuana Moment does not provide legal or medical advice and is not responsible for any consequences associated with the purchase, use or gifting of any product mentioned above.
Photo courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.
‘I Can’t Breathe’: Video Shows Grandmother With Arthritis Arrested For CBD At Disney World
Police released body camera footage of a 69-year-old woman being arrested at a Florida amusement park for possessing CBD oil without a state medical cannabis card on Tuesday.
Hester Burkhalter, a grandmother who suffers from arthritis, was arrested after an off duty sheriff’s deputy discovered the oil in her purse at a checkpoint at Disney’s Magic Kingdom last month in a case that made headlines around the world.
The newly released video shows Burkhalter being handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car, where she began to feel claustrophobic and said, “I can’t breathe. I feel like I’m going to pass out.” One deputy said that she threw up, according to News 6.
Burkhalter, who says her doctor in Tennessee recommended CBD, later spent 12 hours in custody and was released on a $2,000 bond.
Burkhalter requested to be transported to the jail alone, as opposed to being transported along with another individual who was arrested for possession of a cannabis vaporizer, and a deputy made a call to accommodate her. She was allowed to be taken to the facility in the front seat of a separate patrol car.
“The older female said she gets claustrophobic, and feels like she’s going to pass out, and wants somebody else so she can go by herself,” the deputy said on a call.
Once she was in the front seat with air conditioning on, she said she felt better and thanked the deputy.
“I couldn’t breathe back there,” she reiterated.
When the arrest was first reported, reform advocates condemned the park and sheriff’s department for subjecting an older woman to an arrest on a family vacation for simple possession of a non-intoxicating compound that is known to treat pain and inflammation.
CBD is legal for medical purposes in Florida, but individuals must be registered to possess medical cannabis in the state. Hemp-derived CBD was federally legalized under the 2018 Farm Bill, though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not yet developed regulatory guidelines allowing for its lawful marketing as a food item or supplement.
Prosecutors dropped the charges against Burkhalter earlier this month, finding her case unsuitable for prosecution. She’s since announced plans to file a lawsuit against Disney and the sheriff’s department.
“Horrific treatment that they placed upon this church-going, law-abiding grandmother,” her lawyer said at a press conference.
In a similarly confounding recent case, a 72-year-old woman was arrested at a Texas airport after security discovered CBD oil. She was charged with a felony that carried a maximum sentence of 20 years, and she stayed in custody for two days.
“To be honest, I did not even think about the possibility of my CBD being illegal or being challenged,” Lena Bartula, who was going to visit family in Oregon, said. “It is such an integral part of my wellness that it got thrown into my bag along with Vitamin C and oregano oil.”
“Had I thought about it, I would have remembered that I could buy it in Portland,” she said.
The charges in that case were also dropped about two months after the arrest.
In other recent cannabis enforcement action called out as excessive by reform advocates, Missouri police officers searched through the belongings of a man with stage-four pancreatic cancer in March after a security guarded reported the smell of marijuana.
The officers found nothing, but video of the search sparked public outrage over the harassing behavior of the officers toward a sick man who said he does benefit from medical cannabis.
Photo courtesy of YouTube.
Presidential Candidate Jokes About Why Denver Decriminalized Psychedelic Mushrooms
Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) joked on Thursday that Denver voters approved a measure to decriminalize psychedelic mushrooms because they thought the state of Colorado was running low on marijuana.
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate made the remark during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The host asked Bennet if it was “true that magic mushrooms are going to be legal in Colorado.”
(The measure actually simply decriminalizes psilocybin mushrooms for adults, and only in the city of Denver.)
Bennet slapped his knee and quipped, “I think that our voters just voted to get Denver to do that, and I think they might’ve thought that we were out of marijuana all of a sudden.”
“And by the way, we’re not out of marijuana in Colorado,” he said.
“That’s what it says on the state flag now, right?” Meyers said.
“Yeah, exactly,” Bennet replied.
The senator, who previously served as the superintendent of the Denver Public Schools, has cosponsored several wide-ranging cannabis bills in Congress, including legislation to federally deschedule marijuana and penalize states that enforce cannabis laws in a discriminatory way.
But before his state voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, Bennet stood opposed.
It’s not clear how he voted on Denver’s historic psilocybin initiative.
At least Bennet is aware of the measure and was willing to joke about it, though. Several of his colleagues who have worked on cannabis issues declined to weigh in on decriminalizing psychedelics when asked by Marijuana Moment recently.
Photo courtesy of YouTube/Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Horses Should Lay Off CBD, Equestrian Sports Regulator Says
Hay is for horses, but CBD isn’t.
That’s according to the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF), which set the rules for most horse-related sports in the country, including dressage, jumping and endurance riding.
In a press release on Tuesday, the organization clarified that just because the 2018 Farm Bill legalized industrial hemp and its derivatives such as CBD, that doesn’t mean that horses competing in various equestrian events are allowed to partake.
Horses competing under USEF rules who test positive for CBD will be considered in violation of GR4 beginning September 1, 2019. Read more 👇https://t.co/6M0MHo8Vq4
— US Equestrian (@USequestrian) May 14, 2019
“From time to time, new products appear on the equine supplement market claiming to enhance a horse’s performance,” USEF, which does not regulate thoroughbred horse racing, wrote. “Over the last several years, cannabinoids have gained increased attention and have become nearly mainstream.”
CBD, both synthetic and natural, “are likely to effect the performance of a horse due to its reported anxiolytic effects” and the products are therefore “no different than legitimate therapeutics that effect mentation and behavior in horses.”
“It is for these reasons that USEF prohibits CBD and all related cannabinoids,” USEF explained. “Horses competing under USEF rules who test positive for natural cannabinoids, synthetic cannabinoids and other cannabimimetics will be considered in violation of GR4 beginning September 1, 2019.”
It’s unclear whether USEF has already developed technology capable of testing for CBD metabolites, as standard cannabis testing instruments are generally only designed to detect for metabolites of THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.
However, USEF said that, in fact, “analytical methods are being implemented to detect CBD and similar cannabinoids.”
What about the human athletes involved in the horse sports? USEF referred anyone curious about that policy to the World Anti-Doping Code, which does allow the use of CBD while maintaining a ban on THC.
Professional golfers are also being warned about using CBD products. Last month, the PGA Tour published a newsletter urging caution when using CBD, as some products may contain trace amounts of THC that could turn up in a drug test.
As in equestrian sporting, golfers are also barred from using marijuana.