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Congratulations to Senator Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s V.P. pick. Harris will become the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party. It’s a huge accomplishment. It could also impact the race significantly in the coming weeks and months.

What would a Vice President Harris mean for cannabis law and policy? Assuming Biden and Harris win this fall, it’s hard to say. Harris has evolved considerably on cannabis policy, especially in the past few years. She has also emerged as a leading voice on companion issues of racial justice and inequality, even since walking away from her unsuccessful presidential campaign earlier this year.

Looking back, Harris wasn’t always a shining light on criminal justice and cannabis issues. Her resume includes a regrettable tenure as California Attorney General with respect to cannabis enforcement, overseeing the jailing of more than 1,500 people for marijuana crimes, and fighting to keep (and even enhance) the retrograde system of cash bail. These unforced errors famously surfaced in the Democratic Presidential debates and may emerge again with Harris on the ticket.

Eventually, as a U.S. Senator, Harris followed her party away from the War

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A recent study examining the use of cannabis terpene formulation – NT-VRL on inflammatory conditions has had some promising results in treating cytokine storm syndrome caused by COVID-19.

Cytokine storm syndrome is a form of inflammatory response where white blood cells are activated and release inflammatory cytokines, which the activate more white blood cells. The syndrome can cause symptoms like fever, fatigue, and vomiting, but can advance to a point where a patient might need a ventilator to stay alive or might die.

Early results from the study, which took place in Israel, show that the terpene formulation combined with CBD is twice as effective at using CBD on its own as well as twice as effective as Dexamethasone, a common corticosteroids treatment for inflammation, Health Europa reports.

– Read the entire article at Forbes.

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A student who spent four years wheelchair bound has credited medical cannabis for enabling her to walk again.

Lucy Stafford, from Cambridge, was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos syndrome (EDS) – which affects connective tissue – when she was 16 years’ old after suffering its agonising symptoms since she was 10.

By the time she was 20, Stafford had endured numerous joint dislocations that forced her to endure various surgical operations including on her spine, hip and bladder.

Unsure how best to manage her symptoms, doctors prescribed opiates (drugs created from opium) when she was just 13, which left Stafford feeling “zombified”.

– Read the entire article at Yahoo News.

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CANNABIS CULTURE – “In addition to fighting for freedom, we are now also fighting to keep the Hempfest fire burning.” Says Vivian McPeak, executive director of Seattle’s Hempfest.

“On this, our 29th year of our journey to justice, we have to transition the mission to a new venue online, and we are excited about sharing our Green Renaissance vision of a cannabis-driven, post-COVID future.”  –  Vivian McPeak, executive director of Hempfest.

Hemp is easily one of the most versatile and cost-effectively produced natural resources at our disposal.  It is also one of the most underused and carries a stigma due to its association with marijuana and hashish.  Yet, despite this, in 2019 over 100,000 people flocked to Seattle’s biggest “protestival,” HEMPFEST! The world’s largest festival of its kind, Hempfest is a magical event where like-minded people come together annually to advocate for marijuana decriminalization, which would go hand in hand with the increased use of hemp.

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to change the way we live and the rules we must follow, festivals have obviously also taken a hit.  Hempfest is not immune.  Social distancing and masks are required in Seattle in all public places.  Many people are taking regulations

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