Posts in Federal Cannabis Reform
Why America Arrests More People for Cannabis Possession Each Year Than for All Violent Crimes COMBINED

Though we are on an inevitable course toward nationwide cannabis legalization, what will it look like? Will we still find ways to arrest hundreds of thousands of people each year for it? Will we still see National Guard helicopters thundering through the most rural regions of the Emerald Triangle? The sad truth is, as long as these capitalist companies are able to pour millions of dollars into national politics each year just by foraging the spare change out of their sofas, we are bound to see dimebag busts continue to be about as far as most cops are willing to go to protect and serve.

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Canada’s Cannabis Culture is Following California’s Crash Course

As Canada’s cannabis industry comes down off an eight month high, it will be interesting to see if they continue to import California’s culture-killing business model as their national market expands and our regional one waits for Washington D.C. to wake up.

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The VA will Continue to Fail our Vets on Suicide Prevention, This Past Week Proved It

Yesterday was National PTSD Awareness Day. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder afflicts millions of our nation’s veterans on a scale ranging from mildly annoying to mentally debilitating and undoubtedly plays a role in too many of these suicides. June 27th is one day set aside to recognize this condition that affects not only our veterans, but so many Americans, and a day to “check in” on a friend or family member who may be dealing with PTSD. But our call to action today is to ask that you recognize that PTSD, depression, and substance abuse are very real everyday battles that our vets must face and that it’s always a good time for a buddy check.

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Remembering Mickey Martin: His Voice May Be Gone But the Connections Live On

From coast to coast, Mickey brought people together. . . but not just anyone. His Bullshit Detector was always perfectly calibrated and gaining his trust wasn’t easy. Once you did though, you gained entry into a truly grassroots network of up and coming colleagues as well as some of the oldest and most respected names in the game. You can read about all of his accomplishments and his disappointments - he had his share of both - but the bottom line is that Mickey Martin connected good people, he helped good people. We miss him so much.

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The Terptown Throwdown - A Summertime Celebration of East Coast Cannabis Culture

The Terptown Throwdown is less than a month away and Bill & Jeff Levers of Beard Bros. Pharms will be there at the Spencer Fairgrounds in Spencer, Massachusetts on July 6th for the first summertime cannabis festival in the state’s history.

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Potential Razor Hidden in California Assembly Bill 228 Threatens to Slash at CBD-Rich Cannabis Producers

We are all about safe access for all, especially when it comes to the medicinal use of cannabis or hemp. Lower priced hemp products are not inherently bad, and those that are farmed and produced ethically need to have a place in the market but this feels like a deadly blow to the already niche market of CBD-rich cannabis production in California and that is scary.

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California Cannabis Market Will Remain Weak Without Substantially More Retail Cannabis Dispensaries

Nobody on our crew voted for Prop 64 but unless it is somehow repealed and replaced it is the flawed law of the land. Our windows of opportunity to effect real change are so narrow and when we miss them, months go by before they reopen. It is imperative that we keep the pressure on our elected officials at all levels of government so that we can take advantage of our next opportunity to correct this law. We have the overwhelming will of the people on our side - will you add your voice to the cause?

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FACT OR FICTION: Can Cannabis Cure PTSD?

For me, PTSD is one of a handful of issues that I treat with cannabis. I look forward to the day that I can say I am “cured”, and I have no doubt that this plant has me on that path.

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The Right Hook: Major Sports Leagues Begin to Reevaluate Cannabis as Medicine

Of the 123 professional sports teams across the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB, 45 of them (or 36.6% of them) are based in states or provinces where recreational cannabis is legal for consumption by adults aged 21 and up. On top of that, 56 of them (or 45.5% of them) have home court/field/ice advantage in states or provinces where medical use of cannabis is legal. Don’t worry, we did the math – that’s 102 out of 123 teams, or a heavily lopsided 82% of sports teams from those four leagues. There are only six states remaining that have a pro team but do not have progressive cannabis reform in place – Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. That sure adds a new twist to draft day.

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A Call to Action from Veterans Rights Groups after Congress Fails to Advance Key Cannabis Legislation

Military veterans have shouldered an unbelievable amount of the burden to make cannabis reform a reality and we at Beard Bros. Pharms are eternally grateful to these groups and individuals for their service and for their advocacy. The least we can do is help to spread the word and rattle some political cages when called to action - won’t you do the same?

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Cancer vs. Cannabis: A Ringside Seat

We have written over 150,000 words in the past year telling other people’s stories but this time around we hit a little closer to home. This is your ringside seat for a life or death prizefight between our Media Director here at Beard Bros. Pharms and a 6” x 6” x 2” tumor dubbed “The Malignant Porkchop”.

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Why is the NAACP No Longer a Reliable Ally in the Fight for Cannabis Reform?

I went into this article pretty set in my opinion and pretty frustrated by the about-face pulled by the NAACP here in the 11th hour of cannabis reform. But deeper research and some forced perspective have opened my eyes a bit wider to the fact that true social justice reform is a full-spectrum challenge.

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Two Dollar Pre-Rolls & Pike Caviar: Something for Everyone at Hall of Flowers 2019

Living up to its name, the vast majority of the vendors at the Hall of Flowers show were there to push cannabis and cannabis-infused goods. There has been some critique online already about the quality of the buds on display but we found it to be a pretty damn accurate depiction of the legal market as it stands today - some absolute fire in a sea of midgrade, mass produced boof. The fact of the matter is that if they limited the show to only companies providing 5-star weed on the legal market, they could hold it in a walk-in closet. Instead, what we saw were a lot of well-funded startups trying their hardest to keep their heads above water while also trying to appear equal parts authentic and confident. Many of them will figure it out, some will not. . . that’s business.

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Where is the NRA in the Fight for the 2A Rights of Cannabis Consumers?

It is estimated that approximately 50 million Americans own at least one gun. Coincidentally, roughly that many Americans admit to having smoked some pot in the past year. To pretend that these two major political and social phenomena are unrelated is short-sighted but we know that the NRA likes to play the long game so we are left wondering why our rights matter less to them than any other sector of society. The NRA did not respond to our multiple requests for more information on their stance but did, in turn, send us multiple requests to become paying members. Groucho Marx once famously said, “I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.” Well, I sure as hell don’t want to join one that doesn’t accept me or my lifestyle.

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STRAIN REVIEW: Kosher Kush Caviar from Pharmers Manufacturing

Reviewing nuclear-grade cannabis concentrates isn’t easy but it sure is fun! Tune in to the latest Strain Review from Beard Bros. Pharms to see if we can make it to the end of these Kosher Kush Caviar dabs from our buds at Pharmers Manufacturing without passing out in a euphoric haze.

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Veterans Cannabis Coalition to Unveil 'Cannabis Bill of Rights' in Nation's Capital This Weekend

Eric Goepel along with colleagues from Veterans Cannabis Coalition and other veteran-led advocacy groups will hold a panel discussion in the heart of democracy to elaborate on what cannabis legalization means for important issues like the veteran suicide crisis, the opioid epidemic, and more at the RFK Festival Grounds for a 4/20 celebration at the 4th Annual National Cannabis Festival, in Washington, D.C. Goepel will speak from 3:30 – 4:15pm on Saturday, April 20th and will also unveil the Bill of Cannabis Rights that we’ve broken down for you here.

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Are you Ready for War? Ask What You’re Fighting For

Beard Bros. Pharms will always give our nation’s veterans a platform to discuss the issues that matter the most to them. Here is the latest from our close friend, co-founder and CEO of Veterans Cannabis Coalition, Eric Goepel who employs his unique perspective and experience as a soldier and an advocate to drop some deep knowledge and insight that you will not want to miss.

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AB 1356 Would Force California Counties Who Voted for Prop 64 to Allow Cannabis Retailers Based on Their Number of Liquor Stores

This bill, like all cannabis legislation it seems, has its flaws, but we love the provision that the same lawmakers who approved X number of liquor stores within spitting distance of schools, parks, churches, and DMVs would now have to count them all up and divide by four and start writing cannabis license approvals right away.

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Taxed to Death: Follow One Gram of Weed along California’s Twisted Path from Seed to Sale

The hopes, dreams, and life savings of many of the people who helped to put California cannabis on the map are being taxed to death. The cynical side of us thinks that maybe that is by design. After all, one way or another supply will meet demand and it’s easier for the state to oversee several hundred licensees rather than several thousand. But when you see the drastically lower-than-predicted sales revenues after one year of legal weed in the 5th largest economy in the world, you have to figure that money-loving politicians would do the math we have and make some changes – and some are trying. Occam’s razor tells us that the actual answer is usually the simplest one and that is they likely just got too greedy at all of our expense.

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Educated Stoner Pt. 9: Cannabis & Pain - Soothing a Soft Society

We all seem to take a different path of discovery when it comes to our own personal relationship with cannabis. Join us for the grand finale in this highly potent and informative multipart series from globetrotting cannabis advocate and guest contributor Sharon Letts for an intimate look at her own journey with this healing wonder.

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