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Canna-Hub, America’s Largest Marijuana Business Park Breaks Ground in California, promising jobs and $800K annually to city’s coffers

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Canna-Hub, a California-based real estate development and property management company for the cannabis industry, just broke ground on a first-of-its-kind cannabis-only business park in Mendota, California. “While so many have doubted us, I knew we could pull this off,” Canna-Hub CEO and Founder Tim McGraw told ABC30.

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Second Issue of EMBER Cannabis Magazine Hits MedMen Stores

Ember Cannabis Magazine Lake BellMedMen’s Ember Cannabis Magazine’s Second Issue is Out

With actress Lake Bell gracing the cover and cannabis-infused cooking recipes inside, the second issue of cannabis and culture journal EMBER will be at select MedMen stores starting today.

Published by MedMen Enterprises Inc., EMBER turns the spotlight on the ubiquity of marijuana in our culture by focusing on some of its disruptors and innovators, beginning with the publication’s first celebrity cover. Bell is an actress, author, director and trailblazer. She opens up about the accessibility of cannabis and why, as a mom, it’s her preferred method of relaxation.

The Company also unveiled its new Southern California ad campaign “Cannabis,” featuring the region’s iconic destinations where MedMen has stores. Read More …

US Cannabis Coalition Adds Rory Riley-Topping to Advisory Board

Rory Riley-Topping Joins Board of US Cannabis Coalition

Rory Riley-Topping US Cannabis CoalitionTed Nugent, who last week joined the advisory board of the US Cannabis Coalition, is usually a hard act to follow.

But not for former US gymnast Rory Riley-Topping, who was named to the board this week.

Rory is a current member of the National Association of Womens’ Gymnastics Judges, a technical delegate and coach for Special Olympics Gymnastics, and a former competitor with USA Gymnastics.  In addition, she works professionally to bring accountability to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, having served as an associate counsel to the VA, law clerk to the U.S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Staff Director and Counsel to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and litigation counsel to the National Veterans Legal Services Program.   Read More …

US Moves Closer to Hemp Legalization as Industrial Hemp Processing Facility Celebrates 1st Year

Industrial Hemp Close to Legalization

Industrial HempThe U.S. is poised to lift its 80 year ban on industrial hemp and things are finally moving as the Senate has decided to conference on the historic 2018 Farm Bill to work out disparities between the Senate and the House’s versions of the bill. The Senate’s version of the Farm Bill contains the Hemp Farming Act which would remove industrial hemp from the federal government’s schedule of controlled substances, while the House version is silent on hemp.

Hemp Farming Act of 2018 is sponsored by Leader McConnell and co-sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of more than two-dozen Senators, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. McConnell, who introduced the Hemp Farming Act, put himself on the conference committee; his inclusion on the committee is giving advocates and industry leaders hope that hemp legalization could happen as soon as Labor Day.  Read More …

US Cannabis Coalition Garners Support from Ted Nugent

US Cannabis Coalition Adds Support from Rock Legend

US Cannabis CoalitionIn what may come as a surprise to some, notorious anti-drug rock legend Ted Nugent joined the US Cannabis Coalition, endorsing the legalization of Medical Marijuana.  

Nugent explained his USCC participation saying “Look, I’ve never been a fan of brain dead stoner types, but science has proven that medical marijuana can and does help a lot of serious illnesses like cancer and epilepsy”.

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How I Quit Smoking Pot: Checking In – How Are YOU Doing? Let Me Hear from You!

Sorry for the lame, rambling video, but it’s been a long time since I’ve checked in, but I wanted to introduce the newest member of our family – Ava Kalea …. Read More …

Happy 420 This is How I Celebrate 420

How to Celebrate 420

Today is 420 / April 20, 2016 which is an unofficial international holiday for stoners. Many weed smokers around the world will celebrate 420 by smoking pot (marijuana) throughout the day – but especially at 4:20 on 4/20.

Today I celebrate 420 by being thankful that more and more governments are allowing their citizens to make their own choices concerning cannabis. I do not think that government needs to tell people if they should smoke the ganja – or not. I believe in FREEDOM of CHOICE.

Since my personal choice to quit smoking marijuana, I’m also able to celebrate 420 by taking a “Wiz Quiz” or “piss test” aka a drug screen. In reality, waiting in a room filled with other people who have to pee in a cup is a totally lousy humiliating experience. One I never want to have ever again ….

Some people will celebrate 420 for the last time today – and then decide to quit weed.  If you need help quitting weed, I fully recommend Seb Grant’s program that has helped a lot of people understand more about their problem with the ‘evil weed’ – and how to better deal with it.  It will cost you less than a week’s worth of weed for most tokers – and can help change your life for the better.

Let me hear from YOU! How did you celebrate 420?

Personal Update on Not Smoking Pot – All is Not Well

I haven’t posted here in quite awhile, as I have been busy living life.  Still the same, people continue to subscribe on a daily basis – proving to me that there are others looking to quit smoking pot.

This is my personal update on not smoking weed.  Unfortunately, not all is well (although there are a lot of positives).

Thank you for visiting this site – and especially to all those who are looking to make positive changes in their lives.

One Day at a Time

 Its the simple things. Take care of those and the big things work out. Stay in the moment and live one day at a time. That’s what I’m trying to do: take pleasure and satisfaction from attention to detail and be mindful of exactly what I’m doing and what I’m trying to achieve.  To help yourself, help other people. A win-win situation, and that’s what you’ve got to do.

 In 1996 my 16 year old nephew was dumped in my lap. I got a call at 1 AM to drive out in the middle of nowhere and pick him up because the family he was living with was throwing him out. I remember driving along a country road, full of muddy potholes, that was quickly narrowing to a goat path. I picked him up and took him back to my place. He was a mess: taking lots of drugs and about to drop out of high school. I had no choice really, but I wasn’t mad at my brother for leaving me with his child. He did what he did and taking up the slack was something that had to be done. To cut to the chase my nephew stayed in school, eventually got his PhD and is now drug free and a professor at a major university making pretty good money. But I can see in him mistakes I made that I don’t want to make again.

 Now I have another child to help: my 8 year old grandniece. Her parents are too busy swilling beer and watching reality TV to really pay attention to her. They ignore her and the fact children just want to know that someone cares about them. All humans do. A lot of parents don’t realize how much effect they have on young minds. So I’ve taken the job of being her answer man, and this job is very important. I’ve learned to just stick to the basics: give her a solid framework to build on. Universal truths and not opinions. The circle of life and how things run in cycles. And have fun fishing salamanders and crayfish out of creeks, looking at how they work, and returning them. Making sure she knows to avoid the claws. I’ve set up an aquarium and stocked it with several types of fish and snails. She can see the snail eggs appear, the tiny embryos develop, the babies hatch out, start their lives and grow into adult snails. And the inevitable empty shell at the bottom of the tank that slowly dissolves to provide calcium for the living snails to build their shells.I also have a place where I pile up all the grass clippings and it is filled with earth worms. I thought she’d think worms were gross, but she loves them. So we go out and dig up worms.  We are also doing some experiments like making rock candy. She can see the crystals grow, and at the end they’ll make a tasty treat. And regular trips to the park so that she can play with other children, get some exercise, and perhaps make some new friends along the way. Mind and body-another universal truth.

 That’s what’s going on with me. Just trying to get better, do better and feel better. Its working one day at a time.


 It began while I was in graduate school. I was bored. I’d been in school so long, and had finished all my course work, now it was time to finish my research, but I was more interested in experimenting on myself. Its weird looking back on it, but I was actually on the ground floor in eximer laser technology. Our laser was the size of a small car, and no one used them very much, but today eximer lasers are used in applications from cleaning teeth to heart surgery. And we were working on LEDs because at that time there were only red ones. We talked dreamily that one day we’d develop a blue laser diode and make data storage much more compact. Well what do you know! BluRay eventually became the standard. I don’t know, maybe my self destructive tenancies kicked in and I sensed success was a few short years away.

 It started with a tank of nitrous oxide. A student had gotten his PhD and had left some nitrous oxide behind. A friend, who was in the computer stem, had been bugging me to get him some nitrous, but I wasn’t too interested. Then one day in the lab I noticed the tank gathering dust in the corner. So to show I had some pull I told him I could get him some nitrous. We had to get the tank up to my apartment which was on the second floor, and it was so heavy I could barely carry it. We didn’t want anyone to see us, so we waited until 2 AM, and he was the lookout while I heaved the tank on my back. He said the coast was clear and I started the arduous journey up the steps. Suddenly I heard a door open and close. Crap! I was almost to the landing, so I just pretended that carrying a gas tank to your apartment at 2 AM was the most natural thing in the world. I passed my neighbor and nodded my head and said ‘how’s it going?’. He just stood there and watched me struggle under my burden and into my apartment. It was kind of exhilarating to not give a damn.  My friend was so paranoid about being seen that he was already hiding inside.

 We got so hammered that I left the valve open, and when I woke up the nitrous was gone and the tank was frozen to my rug. Now I needed more nitrous. I asked the lab tech to order a tank of medical grade nitrous and he did it no questions asked. There was no way I could carry the new tank as it was much larger and must have weight over 500 lbs, so I rigged up a system using liquid nitrogen to condense the nitrous in a smaller tank. It was crazy and I was on my way to wasting my life. Over the next few years I tried chloroform, alcohol, and even mushrooms, but weed was my favorite. Oh and of course I dropped out of school. I stopped everything else, and began to smoke quite a bit. At this time weed was pretty tame: just green leaves. But occasionally I get a hold of some sappy buds and blast off for Pluto. Even had hallucinations where’s I see a beautiful green naked lady, and the next minute she’d morph into a terrifying green skull. I don’t know what they were putting in the stuff. This went on and the weed got stronger and stronger. And I smoked more and more. I remembered when I’d run out it was hell. I’d get severely depressed, and agitated. I didn’t connect it to withdrawals.

 Fast forward 24 years and it got to the point that weed was no longer fun. I don’t know why: maybe because I’m older, and the weed’s stronger. Whatever. I came to the conclusion 4 years ago, that I had to quit. At 52 I didn’t have that much time left, and maybe instead of doing all this crazy stuff, it might be good to try the sober life. Besides I felt horrible: agitated and edgy. My revulsion for weed was growing every day. One day the thought of smoking made me sick and I quit cold turkey. Two weeks of the worst hell followed before things calmed down. I told myself I wanted to know who I really was. And I changed every day, mostly for the better. I was much more calm and felt much better. But compared to the roller coaster I had been on, things seemed flat.. After 8 months I had just gotten through an intensive period of work and figured it was ok to smoke some. Soon I was right back where I was. I hadn’t come to terms with the fact I couldn’t handle weed. I just didn’t want to admit it.

 Now many quits and relapses later here I am sober for 6 weeks, the 2nd longest I’ve ever gone. By now I’ d already gotten intense cravings and relapsed, but this time it hasn’t happen yet. The strongest craving I got was 2 weeks ago when some one showed me a clip from the movie ‘Up in Smoke’. It quickly passed. So maybe this time is for real. So that’s my background and later I’ll go over what I’m doing now.


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