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Show Notes: We're Not Here To Dumb It Down - Some challenges of the Legal Cannabis Industry (002) | Nice Guys Podcast

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Show Notes: Not Your Average Nice Guys Podcast (002)

Episode 2 brings Colleen, Dan, and B.C together for another high roundtable conversation. Before the talk, they consumed their preferred cannabis products (prerolls, hash, and flower) and then had a conversation about some of the things they've observed in the newly legal California Cannabis Industry.

Tags: Nice Guy | Cannabis Delivery | Marijuana Delivery | Marin County | Cannabis Marketing


Points of interest:
- How to smoke hash
- Dry-farmed cannabis
- "Pink Tax Marketing"
- Industry "money grab" tactics
- ICBC (International Cannabis Business Conference)
- Threats to mom and pop cannabis businesses
- Can you die from Marijuana?
- The importance of education
- Cannabis as medicine
- Stigma - what's acceptable in moving the industry forward?
- Stay curious, stay open
- How to be a responsible consumer and do the nice thing
- The importance of tracking your cannabis experience
- And Etc.

 

Dive Deep: (we recommend researching the below)
Green Flower Media - a great source of education
Fiddlers Greens
Aunt Zelda's
Weed the People Film

 
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Weed the People - A Powerful Cannabis Film| MVFF41 Sponsors

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Weed The People

A Healing Revolution Is Growing

Last weekend we hosted a screening at the 41st Annual Mill Valley Film Festival. The MVFF has been a part of our community since 1977, growing into an internationally acclaimed cinema event throughout the decades. Our co-founder Monica Gray grew up in Mill Valley and attended the festival throughout the years, so it brought her a lot of joy being able to give back to the community that’s given her much. Once we heard about the film “Weed the People,” we knew it was something we wanted to support.

It’s a bold look into the medicinal ways cannabis is able to help individuals and shows how challenging it can be to acquire proper medication under the current blanket created by prohibition. Director Abby Epstein and Producer Ricki Lake created a heart wrenching documentary film following five children with cancer and their parents as they desperately try to move past marijuana’s reputation as a recreational joyride and embrace it’s centuries-old history as an effective medicine – one that not only offsets the negative side effects of chemotherapy but may hold the key to healing.”

We had the opportunity to see the film a couple of times, and on both occasions, we were moved to tears.  Watching children and their parents experience the devastating journey of cancer is a heart wrenching subject. It follows five children and their parents as they fight to use cannabis as either the sole medicine or in conjunction with Chemo. It provides insight into the difficulty behind each parent’s decision and also reveals how challenging it can be to find safe, reliable sources of medicine in a largely unregulated market.

We meet Mara Gordon, an advocate and guide for people using CBD and THC to treat cancer. She works diligently to gather data, guide families and make different formulas to treat individuals in need. It's a powerful statement about the importance of research, availability and affordability of cannabis and it's cannabinoids.  The film gives us a window into how cannabis works on cancer vs traditional treatments and how it can be used to ease symptoms along the way.

“Weed the People,” is an instant classic, a pioneering film with tremendous upside educational potential.  We’d like to thank director Abby Epstein and producer Ricki Lake for making a film that directly reflects how incredible the plant really is. Our hope for Ricki, Abby, and the film is to see it spread across the nation falling on receptive hearts and open minds. These are important messages to spread! By changing perception and rescheduling cannabis research would be legal, and it could lead to important medical discoveries, currently unavailable to researchers and individuals suffering from terminal diseases.


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High Mileage Tour: Biking across America to end cannabis stigma pt. 2

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High Mileage Tour

Article 2: Biking across America to help end cannabis stigma

Welcome back to the “High Mileage Tour.” My name is Dan Osterman and I’m the Social Media Manager for Nice Guys Delivery. Two months ago, I drove my home on wheels away from Marin County to Michigan where I spent time with family and friends while preparing to ride my bicycle across the country. If you’re unfamiliar with the High Mileage series I recommend clicking here first. I’m officially on the road so this article highlights what I’ve learned about cannabis in Michigan and also gives you an eye into my bike touring experience.

Michigan could become the next state to go recreational

While in Michigan I spent time getting to know the cannabis scene. With recreational-use on the November ballot and with Michigan being projected as the second highest grossing legal market behind California, I was excited to return to my home state. Michigan is a “reciprocating state” meaning they are legally allowed to accept out of state medical recommendations but upon further inspection I found that it wasn’t that simple. I thought it was going to be easy to acquire green because I work in the industry and have a medical card, but every cannabis business I called on WeedMaps turned me away.

When asked whether dispensaries would accept out-of-state licenses they said they didn’t know all the rules and regulations and they couldn’t sell to me because it was company policy. I mentioned Michigan being a reciprocating state, but they held to their word. No one had any real good answers beyond it being “policy,” so if I had to guess I’d say it’s because businesses are trying to play it safe until November when Michigan has the potential to join 9 other states and DC as legal recreational marijuana states.

As much as I agree with being safe and doing everything correctly in the industry I’d like to point out the obvious issue we face from the wall of prohibition. What happens when a person with a chronic illness travels away from their home? Today, a lot of Americans are using cannabis to treat symptoms, illnesses, and pain. With prohibition in place it leaves far too many people suffering and unable to access quality medicine, and when people are forced to suffer they look elsewhere for alternative options, which in turn fuels the black market and illegal drug trade. The current situation is a mess!

Biking to Denver

The High Mileage Tour is a bike ride to spread positive cannabis awareness across the United States. I’m sitting inside a McDonalds in Havana, Illinois writing this article and doing some work. I woke up in my tent this morning after camping near the Illinois River. Yesterday was my first official day on the bicycle. My friend picked me up from Michigan and drove me to Normal, Illinois so I could begin my tour from there. I biked 68 miles in 90+ degree heat. My bike is extremely heavy, so heavy I decided to dump a backpack worth of gear a few miles after initially departing. The bike was shaking in the front and I was unable to stand and pedal, but after I repacked everything on the bike it felt sturdy enough to ride.

Packed on the bike I have my camping gear, cooking equipment, media gear, solar charger, and water. I am biking the first 1000 miles solo from Central Illinois to Denver, Colorado where I’ll leave my bike for a week and fly to California for the Mill Valley Film Festival Nice Guys is sponsoring this year. My route to Denver will take me across Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado with 21,000 feet of climbing ahead of me. After time in California I’m flying back to Denver and joining up with a friend to ride our bikes together to San Francisco. There’s a good chance I’ll leave more gear behind before we climb the Rockies.

Yesterday’s bike ride was spent traversing county roads of Illinois, so I saw a bunch of tractors, semis, and cornfields. One man ran out of his house and gave me a bottle of water as I rolled by. Later in the day I was riding on the shoulder of the road when a car honked and flipped me off. When I arrived in Havana a little before dark I found a place to camp, set up my tent, and then had dinner. It was so hot last night I didn’t fall asleep until after 1AM.

For me to reach my flight in time I must average 43 miles a day. Yesterday I rode 68 miles because some days are work days where I spend a large chunk of the day working on Nice Guys projects and resting my body. Some days I’ll ride extra, some days I’ll rest.

Illinois is medically legal, and I’ve spoken briefly to people about the plant and received positive feedback, but the next couple states after Illinois are both under prohibition and I’m excited to see what people think about the plant in states where it isn’t legal. The War on Drugs has ruined millions of people’s lives, so I feel extremely fortunate Nice Guys have given me this opportunity to ride my bicycle to positively impact cannabis perception!

For a more intimate look into my journey I recommend following us on Instagram where I’m sharing photos, videos, and stories from my adventure! Thanks for reading! Join us on social media to help end cannabis prohibition through promoting an active and adventurous lifestyle!

Ending Cannabis Stigma through Promoting an Adventurous Lifestyle

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There’s a lot to be gained from stepping away from our busy lives to get outside and enjoy nature in it’s rawest form. We live in Marin County, CA where Mt. Tamalpais is home to some of the prettiest views in the entire Pacific Northwest — possibly even the world.

With plenty of options to enjoy ranging from hiking, biking, cross training, horseback riding, or even a simple drive up iconic Pacific Coastal Highway One. We are huge advocates of dusting off the boots to destress from the fast paced lifestyle most of us live throughout the week.

As parents, business executives, outdoor enthusiasts, and mostly Type-A personalities we find it important to put ourselves first every now and again— we take a break from what we’re doing and dive into our passions for awhile. We believe if we fail to love ourselves or fail to care for ourselves it has the potential to create greater chaos down the road.

In addition to advocating a nicer life through living a more active lifestyle rooted in our passions, we deliver wellness to your doorstep — in the form of Cannabis. There are few things we’ve found and enjoy more than consuming the right amount of Cannabis with the intent of stepping outdoors to release the inner child inside us all — it’s no surprise kids know how to get the most enjoyment out of life.

So we try to follow suit. There’s no need to complicate it.

Cannabis helps us get out of our heads and into our bodies. It helps us live in the moment; appreciating ourselves, our surrounding, and the people who matter most to us.

It helps us live with a greater sense of gratitude; leading to better relationships, improved physical health, a more stable mindset, less aggression, quality sleep, higher self-esteem, and significant recovery in overcoming trauma.

As cannabis continues to spread it’s reach through legalization across the states it’s important to educate people along the way. We’ve encountered a huge percentage of people who still feel shamed or discomfortable when the subject of cannabis surfaces.

Cannabis stigma and cannabis shame are real issues we see everyday. Together we can help educate one another through speaking up and asking questions. We use cannabis to help bring us back to center —we’d love to know why you consume?

Is it more recreationally? Are you using it to alleviate a health-symptom? Maybe you’re still sitting with mixed feelings and are unsure whether cannabis is meant for you?

If you’re sitting on the fence I’d like to remind you how you can still receive the benefits from the plant without getting high. There’s a huge concern among beginners who fear to start their use because they have anxiety and don’t want it exacerbated.

I hear your concern and am excited to tell you there are options that won’t involve you getting high. I’ll save it for a future post but feel free to get familiar with CBD — Cannabidiol.

Are you curious about cannabis? Would you like to have a general education surrounding the plant, the industry, and how to use it to live a better life?

 

https://medium.com/@danthevanman/ending-cannabis-stigma-through-promoting-an-adventurous-lifestyle-f2154f7fb527