Brownie Mary: The Florence Nightingale of Cannabis

Early Life Mary Jane Rathbun was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 22, 1922 to a conservative Irish Catholic family. Raised in Minneapolis Minnesota, Mary showed a bold disregard for authority at an early age. When she was 13 she fought back against a nun who tried to cane her. Knowing this, it is not…

CBD Business, Part 2: Federal v. State Laws

Federal vs. State CBD Legislation With recreational marijuana being illegal in most regions of the United States, it creates a lot of confusion for individuals regarding the regulations of cannabidiol (CBD). Especially as CBD oil products are growing in popularity, a great deal of people do not understand the difference between CBD and marijuana. What…

California’s Senate Bill 51 & Cannabis Banking

What is the Senate Bill 51? In November 2016, the voters of California helped pass Proposition 64: the Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use Marijuana Act which authorized recreational use to specified limits. However, cannabis still remains illegal under federal law. As a result of the immoral scheduling of cannabis as a schedule one drug…

CBD: Drug or a dietary supplement?

CBD: Drug or Dietary Supplement According to the FDA With the swarm of popularity in cannabidiol (CBD) and the numerous beneficial proprieties it possesses, there is no wonder why it caught the attention of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The 2018 Farm Bill was passed and contained a section that legalized hemp (CBD is…

Cannabis: A Short Legal & Political History, Part Three

The Great Cannabis Swindle: With the players all lined up, let’s take a deeper look into the continued demonizing of cannabis as a reflection of early 30’s racial fears. In 1935 the Treasury Department drafted new tax laws; the most significant of which would excise a dealer tax and a ‘transfer tax’. A ‘marihuana’ tax…

Cannabis: A Short Legal & Political History, Part Two

The Marijuana Tax Act: In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act criminalized cannabis throughout the country. The H.R. 6385 act was drafted by Harry Anslinger. Enacted August 2, this law introduced two controversial and hypocritical policies. The government wasted no time finding scapegoats to parade for this act. Moses Baca and Samuel Caldwell would be the…

Cannabis: A Short Legal & Political History, Part One:

Despite many modern states still trumpeting draconian laws against marijuana, Americans have relied heavily on cannabis as early as the 1680s. According to the Consumers Union Report on Licit and Illicit Drugs the marijuana plant was a  major crop in North America. It played an important role in the colonial economy and Virginia even, “….