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Cannabis is Legal in NY… Now What?

Is Cannabis Weed Marijuana legal in NY Brooklyn Queens Bronx?

New York becomes the 15th state to legalize Cannabis with the NEW Cannabis Legalization Bill – the 2021 MRTA

Across the country, individuals who are Black are nearly four times more likely than individuals who are White to be arrested for marijuana possession, “despite data showing equal use among races”. Growing up in NYC, there is no doubt Cannabis prohibition has resulted in disproportionate criminalization of POC people. Finally, the department of health for NY published an impact report that further elaborates the impact Cannabis has had on race.

In a recent zoom conference by Cornell University and the NY Department of Agricultural, they tried to breakdown the upcoming rules/laws regarding Hemp and now Cannabis. Feel free to watch the videos for yourself in the here, but to save you time, here are the top three things I took away were:

  • They (the government) is still trying to figure out how to control Mother Nature. THC is a compound found in variations in the Cannabis plant. Delta 9 is the compound that is currently being regulated to say if a plant is illegal or not. But now, they recently “discovered” 30+ more THC compounds that will regulated the legality
  • NYC District Attorney offices will stop prosecuting low level offenses and automatically expunged  “some” charges but you still have to pay any of the guilty fines. Find more info here.
  • The newly and still being created OCM (Office of Cannabis Managment) needs its own sitcom on Comedy Central, not kidding.

The ink is yet to be dry on “rules” that are yet to be written. As of 2Q21 in NY You Can:

  • Smoke, Vape, Eat Cannabis if you are over 21
  • Legally smoke in places that tobacco smoke is allowed, for example side walks, streets, roofs, parked cars
  • Carry up to 3 oz. of flower

But you Can Not:

  • Smoke and Drive
  • Smoke in Public Housing areas
  • Grow the Cannabis plant until 18 months after recreational adult use is in place at dispensaries

How about Medical MJ?

The good news is you can now receive a Medical MJ card for anxiety and insomnia and the even better news is that flower will be available by the summer.

How about Businesses?

For business in NY you can not Sell or Buy Hemp or Cannabis unless you have any of at the following licenses that will be in effect in 2023:

  • Processor
  • Manufacturer
  • Retail

By 2022, this will directly affect retail stores from boutiques to gas stations as well as current Hemp growers and Hemp product makers. Nevertheless, The Office of Cannabis management, who say they have a commitment to social justice, are promising:

  • 50% of licenses to Women and POC businesses
  • Taxes collected from the sale of Cannabis to be redirected toward schools, drug treatment initiatives, and community organizations in areas adversely affected by drug enforcement.

In Conclusion

The conclusion is that there still is no conclusion. The rules are still being written, changing and reinterperted … more to come. But the following video sums up my emotions:

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How To Roll an Herbal Spliff

Hand holding rolling box

Rolling an herbal spliff serves as one of the most powerful tools in your self-care arsenal. Pair it with artisanal intentional herbal blends and find yourself transported to a relaxing, energetic or meditative state. Rolling takes practice but once you master it, the plant kingdom opens up to you.

Importance of Rolling Your Own Herbal Spliff

Entourage Effect

First, let’s look at the entourage effect of plants compounds. The Entourage Effect is what occurs when different plant compounds combine together to create an effect greater than what they would produce on their own. For example, the terpenes in our SUN blend are: Pinene, Myrcene, Farnesene, Bisabolol, Linalool, Terpinolene, Nerol. By adding CBD or THC dominant flower, the stress relief and detoxing effects these terpenes offer are amplified.

Control Your Own Dosage

When rolling a spliff, you have control of how much of each herb affects you. In comparison to a commercial cigarette, rolling your own botanical smoke allows you to control your consumption by customizing your dosage. Many factors should be taken into consideration like your body size, diet and personal smoking intention.

Get to Know each Plant

This is the fun part of the plant kingdom. Getting to know each plant individually. Having the ability to roll your own herb will introduce you to a new world of plant allies.

Rolling Your Own Herbal Spliff is Eco-Friendlier

Simply put, you eliminate any middle men, products, toxic factory outputs to produce a Pre Roll. If you don’t understand what I mean, I recommend viewing this short video on the History of Stuff. Rolling your own herbs eliminates the toxic waste cigarette factories make. Next, decrease the carbon footprint involved in all the shipping. And finally, you skip on participating in the global waste of cigarette buds, plastic wraps, etc.

12 Steps to Roll an Herbal Spliff

Here is how you roll intentional herbal spliffs, masterfully every time.

  1. Gather Your Herbal Accessories

    You’ll need all your tools; Your intentional herbal blend, SUN in this case, Cannabis flower, rolling papers, an herb grinder, OCB hemp paper filters, and a joint or spliff roller (the secret weapon). Step 1 Gather your herbal tin with rolling papers, grinder and rolling box on a steel table.

  2. Grind Your Cannabis

    Place a three finger pinch of Cannabis into your herb grinder and twist until you are satisfied. Step 2 Open herbal tin with rolling papers, rolling box and grind your herb.

  3. Grind Your Herbal Blend

    Place a three finger pinch of your Herbal Blend into your herb grinder and twist until you are satisfied. Step 3 Hand holding grinder next to herbal tin with rolling papers and rolling box on steel table.

  4. Mix your Cannabis & Herbal Blend

    Mix your grounded herbs inside the joint roller tray.Step 4 Hand holding herbal roller with a mix of herbs and Cannabis next to herbal tin with rolling papers on steel table.

  5. Rolling Papers Please

    Remove a sheet of rolling paper and push your finger in the rolling ribbon of your spliff roller to create a recess. Step 5 Hand holding papers next to herbal tin with rolling box on steel table

  6. Position Your Rolling Paper

    While holding the ribbon in place, place the edge of the rolling paper to bottom of the recess with the sticky sealant at the top facing you.Step 6 Hand holding papers with rolling box on steel table

  7. Next, add your Filter.

    Add a filter to the left or right edge while holding the recess in place.Step 7 Hand holding filter for papers with rolling box on steel table.

  8. Pack It Up pack it in with Plant Goodness

    Add your Herbs Blend mixed with Cannabis to fill up the rest of the recess area.Step 8 Hand rolling herbs using a rolling box on a steel table.

  9. Now slow it down …

    Slooowly begin to close the joint roller at a controlled speed till you …. Step 12 Hand rolling herbs using rolling vintage box on steel table.

  10. STOP!

    You have to STOP halfway so you can give that sticky sealant a lick.Step 10 Two Hands rolling herbal blends using a vintage rolling box on steel table.

  11. Close the joint roller completely

    Close the roller completely and voilà, your spliff pops out from the top of your herbal spliff roller .Step 11 Hands closing rolling vintage box slowly with the herbal pre roll popping up.

  12. Double check your work

    Inspect your newly birthed herbal blend. Make sure the sealant is consistently adhered to the full length of the paper. Make your intention, light and enjoy.Step 12 Hands closing rolling vintage box that created an herbal preroll.

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Our Top Cannabis Herbal Pairings

Much credit is due to the Cannabis plant for inspiring the formulation of our blends.

Raised in NYC, Cannabis was always around me: the streets, the buildings, the friends, the schools and the news. It wasn’t till my late 20’s that I actually stopped calling it “MJ”. During this deeper understanding of the plant kingdom, Cannabis became alive to me as well as all the other plants around me. In my household, many different plants/roots/mushrooms are used daily but Cannabis is definitely the one mostly smoked.

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What is Equity from Day 1?

Black hand rolling cannabis in legalization for new york social justice and equity from day one

From many People of Color in New York, Cannabis legalization is more then just another tax commodity. It is the end of decades of cannabis prohibition that has affected millions.

“Over the last twenty years, the enforcement of marijuana prohibition has devastated communities across the state of New York. It has been a tool for the hyper-criminalization of young people of color and has been the justification for unconstitutional policing practices.”

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More to Medicinal Plants than Cannabis?

POC Herbalist foraging for herbs

The Dropping Seeds mission is to make a case for ancient healing that came thousands of years before modern medicine.

The Dropping Seeds mission is to push the benefits of medicinal and sacred plants over pharmaceuticals, making a case for ancient healing that came thousands of years before modern medicine. Essentially, they seek to return the knowledge of the plant kingdom back into our cells and psyche, to expand the practice of healing in a way that’s gentler, more natural to our bodies. It makes sense. With more people demanding more wholesome products in our food — often reflected in the transparent use of only a few ingredients — it’s only a matter of time before the same movement happens for medicine.

If you dig around, you can see this shift in self-healing is starting to happen. People are looking for wellness alternatives: tinctures, medicinal teas, elixirs, herbal ointments, and aromatherapy. Fortunately, Dropping Seeds can help people build that bridge to the sometimes overwhelming plant world. Because, when they do, they’ll discover empowering tools that expand beyond the boundaries of cannabis.

How Medicinal Plants started?

Not surprisingly, the idea for the company came to Johanna in a plant ceremony. According to her husband, SirRoan, “this isn’t the first time this has happened for Johanna, things always come through.” A few years ago, while in a deep, mind-expanding ayahuasca ceremony, she was downloaded the Dropping Seeds mission. Not only that, but the logo design, the names of the blends, the branding elements, and colors too! It came through so powerfully and so clear, it set her on a new purpose. So, she convinced SirRoan to join her, leaving a full-time design career to focus on plants. A few months later, Dropping Seeds was born.

“The Earth wants you to enjoy it. It enjoys you.”

I hope you enjoy Johanna & SirRoan’s story! These blends are designed to bring you closer to the earth – and to yourself – through medicinal reawakening. Below, you can find a description of all the herbal blends they’ve handcrafted and designed to help shift your state into a space that is more healing. You can smoke them, make teas, even bathe in them. In the future, they plan to work with more cocktail specialists, chefs, and recipe developers to customize menus and drinks towards healing. There is so much you can do with plants. I highly recommend you begin exploring these yourself. They also make great gifts for loved ones or co-workers for the holidays!

12 DROPPING SEEDS BLENDS: To Sip, Soak, Vape or Smoke

**sourced with a priority on fair trade, kosher, wildcrafted, USDA Certified Organic Farms

CALM – When overwhelmed, CALM your nerves with an herbal blend meant to ease anxiety without the side effects of prescription sedatives.

FOCUS – elevates your mental clarity and concentration. When there is so much to do and you don’t know where to begin. FOCUS herbal smokable tea counters ADHD symptoms without harmful side effects or addiction.

MOON – crafted to support states of inward reflection. Synchronize your use of this blend with New and Full moons and observe the clarity in downloads you may have.

SUN – crafted to let your inner SUN shine! Unleash your revitalized, extroverted-self. Radiate self confidence. Choose SUN as your desired state and enjoy!

AWAKE – crafted self-confidence of alertness and high energy. Give yourself a potent WAKE-UP call without the “coffee crash”.

SLEEP – crafted to gently support states of deep rest. SLEEP is intended as a non-addictive alternative to pharmaceutical sleep aids.

SYNC – supports a state of empathy and lucidity. Increase the synchronicities in your life by enhancing your psychic awareness.

CENTER – supports energizing states of mindfulness and heart rejuvenation. Intentionally engage balance and self-control to get you through difficult days.

HIS – crafted to support states of healthy, passionate, sexual expression.

HERS – supports states of enhanced libido and conscious sensual expression. Its base is Kava Kava, a 3000 yr old ceremonial tea from the Pacific Islanders. Known to have stress release and relaxing effects allowing you to find the space for self-love as well as pleasurable expression to the one you love.

QUIT – carefully crafted to gently eliminate nicotine withdrawal with no addictive side effects. Quit enhances mood, concentration, counters nicotine withdrawal and relieves respiratory strain.

RELAX – crafted to support states of deep relaxation. Sometimes your mind has shut down from a hectic day but your physical body still needs a “slow me down”. RELAX helps resolve restlessness as well as muscular and nerve pain.

Thanks for watching and supporting the artisans on food. curated.! Happy Sipping, Soaking, Vaping & Smoking!

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What is the Legal status of Cannabis/Hemp in NY?

POC herbalist holding herbs 

As the laws concerning Cannabis keep changing and evolving, we dove deep to understand the current **NEW LEGAL STATUS** for New York.

The plant Cannabis can be considered one of the most popular plants of the century. To start, Cannabis was used in every medicinal cabinet of America in the late 1800’s. The government even handed out Cannabis seeds for USA farmers to grow the crop due to its multi-use from medicine to fabric. Increased restrictions and labeling of cannabis as a poison began in many states from 1906 onward, by the mid-1930s cannabis was regulated as a drug in every state.

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CBD is in everything. From dog treats to human treats, you can find a CBD product, projected to be a $22 billion market by 2022. But what exactly is this miracle three letters and its cousin THC? Well the truth is: this Cannabis family is larger then just two compounds.

CBD is a compound that is created when the plant Cannibis sativa is burned, boiled or vaporized. In this process of heat, oils seep out, that contain more then 100 compounds (many more yet to be “discovered”).

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How to use Intention & Cannabis

Organic Spliff Review with artist Evan Collier of Arch Production and Design

For cannabis aficionados, smoking herbs is nothing new however many don’t know that you can smoke more then the two most popular herbs: tobacco and cannabis. DroppingSeed’s ethically crafted, premium multi-use herbal blends are designed for you to not only sip as tea or bathe in an herbal bath but also dry-herb vaporize and smoke alone or in a organic spliff. As Marley Natural launched there new Black Walnut Accessories collection, they also featured DroppingSeeds as their preferred legal herb (second to their cannabis strains of course)

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Seshat: Egyptian Cannabis Goddess?

Seshat is the goddess of writing, measurement and the ruler of books.

In Egyptian mythology, Seshat was the Ancient Egyptian goddess of wisdom, knowledge, and writing. According to one myth, it was Seshat who invented writing. Her husband Thoth taught the people to write.

Seshat Goddess Seven-Pointed Star

Seshat is depicted with a seven-pointed star above the head.¹ Her magic wand, with its seven pointed star, was the symbol which represented the source of all creative ideas, consciousness. In Egyptian mythology, Seshat was originally the deification of the concept of wisdom. She became a goddess of writing, astronomy, astrology, architecture, and mathematics.

Seshat headdress resemblance the Cannabis. The stem from the base of cannabis leaf connects to the head of Seshat. Symbolizing the link between Cannabis and consciousness.Rituals in honour of Seshat included “stretching of the cord” which some scholars say was hemp rope. Seshat Goddess opens the door of heaven for you” is referring to Hemp’s psychoactive effect.

Cannabis in Egypt

Cannabis is a medicinal plant in ancient Egypt. The fertile delta would have supported local cultivation. Ancient Egyptian remedies include honey, crushed insects, opium and cannabis.

According to ethnobotanist Ethan Russo, the earliest mention of cannabis as an eye treatment. Celery and hemp are grounded and left overnight. Both patients eyes are washed with this mixture early in the morning.

Today, the Seshat Goddess reminds us of the importance of Cannabis as food, fiber, fuel and medicine. Have that cup of tea or toke and thank the gods for this plant.

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