People of the Hemp, Part 2: Criminalizing Traditional Teachings

Alysa Landry | Indian Country Today | September 29, 2014 Four times a day, Crandy Johnson prays in his Native Tuscarora language and uses a homemade tincture made from traditional herbs. Crandy, 72, and his brother Tracy, 74, are second-generation metal-workers who spent their working years as “steelwalkers,” perched atop skyscrapers, bridges and other structures from New York to Alaska during the construction boom after World War II. During an interview in Tracy’s home on the Tuscarora reservation in northwestern New York, the brothers talked fondly of their career. “We did everything,” Tracy said. “We were on top of buildings and pipelines Read More …

People of the Hemp, Part 1: Losing Land, Culture, Tradition

Alysa Landry | Indian Country Media Network | September 26, 2014 The way Tracy Johnson tells it, the plateau of land overlooking Niagara Falls and nestled among the Finger Lakes of northwestern New York once was covered in fields of hemp. The natural herb, interspersed with rows of corn, was evidence of centuries of inhabitation by the Tuscarora, now a dwindling tribe on a tiny sliver of land. The Tuscarora, or Ska-ru-ren, are the “people of the hemp,” “hemp gatherers” or “shirt-wearers,” so-named because they traditionally wore shirts made of woven hemp, said Tracy, who is one of about 660 enrolled members Read More …

OxyContin creator expands into Canadian pot industry

When Emblem Cannabis Corp was cleared by the federal government to sell medical marijuana in August, the company set out to attract new investors, vowing to “change the face” of the industry. In company materials, Emblem touted the wealth of experience its top executives brought to the fold, particularly in its pharmaceutical division. The man in charge of that business, John H. Stewart, was a veteran of the drug industry, having spent close to 40 years in key roles at one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. His successes, Emblem said, included launching 11 new products, in particular one blockbuster Read More …

The Tricky Relationship Between Marijuana and American Indians

Winona LaDuke | Inthesetimes.com | Dec 19, 2015 “You have an unmotivated person and you become more unmotivated on cannabis. I am afraid that the self esteem of our people is not going to handle legalizing it well.” —Kevin Shore, White Earth tribal member, Gulf War Veteran using VHA prescribed medical marijuana for his chronic condition. “I think that decriminalizing recreational use would benefit our people greatly since so many of us use it and many have been incarcerated for possessing it.” —Martin Reinhardt, Professor of Native American Studies at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan. It’s time to reconsider the Read More …

Prescriptions Plummet in Medical Marijuana States

By Pat Anson | Pain News Network | April 24th, 2017 Medical marijuana is giving some serious competition to the prescription drug industry. A new analysis of Medicaid claims found that prescriptions to treat pain, nausea, seizures, psychosis and depression plummeted in the 23 states and District of Columbia where medical marijuana was legal in 2014. If all 50 states had medical marijuana laws that year, researchers say the potential savings to Medicaid and taxpayers would have been over a billion dollars. “We found statistically and economically meaningful reductions in prescription drug use associated with the laws. This finding suggested Read More …

Medical marijuana firms discussed using banned pesticides

Grant Robertson and Mike Hager  |  The Globe and Mail | March 7, 2017 Two years before Canada’s medical-marijuana sector became embroiled in a tainted cannabis scare, the trade organization representing the majority of commercial growers explored using banned pesticides on their products, according to newly obtained documents. Meeting minutes and confidential e-mails sent in 2015 to more than a dozen companies on the subject, show that some industry members supported using prohibited chemicals such as myclobutanil – a pesticide that produces hydrogen cyanide when combusted and can lead to serious health problems. Though the application for approval was never carried out, myclobutanil Read More …

Inside the Company Helping Native Americans Grow Cannabis

By LAYLA HALABIAN | Sep 16 2016 | Vice.com North of Las Vegas’s bustling, fluorescent strip sits the Paiute Nation tribe. Like many other Native American tribes across the United States, they’ve suffered from and struggled with poverty, depression, and alcoholism. With dwindling numbers—only 56 adult members currently remain as a result of blood quantum laws—the Paiutes are facing the reality of losing their culture forever. As detailed on last week’s episode of VICELAND’s Weediquette, the Las Vegas Paiute Smoke Shop is the lifeblood of the Paiutes, providing the reservation with 85 to 90 percent of its revenue. With the tribe’s fragile Read More …

Legalizing pot: What to watch for in today’s long-awaited bill

By Catherine Cullen, CBC News Apr 13, 2017 Canada is about to do something very few countries in the world have tried: make recreational pot legal. Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government will reveal precisely what it thinks legalization should look like, and there are a ton of fascinating and important questions that need to be answered. First, let’s start with what we already know. CBC News has reported that the federal government will set a minimum age of 18 to buy marijuana, but will give provinces and territories the option to set the age higher. Where it will be sold and how much it will cost will also Read More …

The Unconstitutional Prohibition of Cannabis

By William Price Trolinger, III The Unconstitutional Prohibition of Cannabis.. Preface. A. The Origins of Hemp. B. Historical Literary References to Hemp. C. Hemp and Religion. D. Hemp and Essential Nutrition. E. Cannabis as Medicine. F. Cannabis in America – A History. G. Cannabis Prohibition. H. The Cannabis Prohibition is Unconstitutional. Conclusion. Preface: Prohibition …. goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crime out of things that are not crimes….A prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded. Abraham Lincoln, December Read More …

The History of Indigenous Cannabis: Natives, Explorers, and Colonists

by Rowan Robinson | pp. 124-129 of The Great Book of Hemp  (1996) The Vikings depended on hemp for their sails and rope, and they probably carried hemp seed with them and planted it when they visited North America about a thousand years ago. Sailors usually carried supplies of seeds with them to provide the necessities of life in case of shipwreck. Cannabis was already in North America in prehistoric times, possibly brought from China by explorers, drifting shipwrecks, and birds migrating across the Bering Strait to the west coast of the continent. Some of the earliest evidence of hemp Read More …