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May Day: Where Cannabis Stands in Industry and Employment

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International Worker's Day

The end of April is coming fast, which brings us closer to Labor Day, also known as May Day. On May 1st, we will be celebrating the International Workers Day. If you are having a smoke while reading this, you may be curious how the pot sector has impacted labor, industry and employment. Well, you are in luck. Read on to find out where weed stands in the complicated world of industry and employment.

What significant developments should we know?

In order to see where weed stands in industry and employment, we need to take a look at how far legal marijuana has gone in the past year until now. Here are just some of the most significant developments related to cannabis and employment:

  • The US Farm Bill 2018 was Passed

Towards the end of 2018, the US Farm Bill was passed by the Congress. This bill makes the cultivation, extraction and use of hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) legal. Hemp is the variety of cannabis plant that is rich in cannabidiol and fiber but is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This plant is known to be very easy to cultivate and has a high growth rate. Because it is fiber-rich, it can be used to make biodegradable plastic, paper and other similar products. Aside from this, the plant is seen as a potential biofuel source.

  • The Industry Generated Thousands of Jobs

With the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis in some states, there is no wonder why weed cultivation companies and dispensaries are popping up left and right. Along with this, there is a significant increase in the number of cannabis-related jobs, especially with the passing of Farm Bill. According to a special report released just this year, over 211,000 Americans are able to provide for their families and support their communities with legal marijuana jobs.

This number is expected to grow more in the coming years. In fact, experts say that there will be 340,000 or more cannabis jobs by 2022. This is pretty significant, especially as it amounts to 21% growth every year!

  • Latest Court Decisions Involving MMJ Backs Employees

In the past, employees are fired when their employers learn that they consume weed. In fact, there are individuals who retracted when prospective employers find out that they are medical marijuana users. While this type of situation can still occur even today, the American Bar Association revealed that recent trends regarding marijuana and the workplace favor employees.

This brings us to our next point.

  • Some States Enact Employee Protection Laws

Perhaps the reason why court decisions pan towards employees is that legislation regarding medical marijuana and employment are being enforced in some states. As of March 2019, 14 states have employee protection laws in place. This means that there are policies to be followed regarding MMJ and employment. However, because the legalization of cannabis (whether recreational or medical) is fairly new, legislators need to put careful consideration in formulating and implementing policies.

Does the gender gap exist in cannabis industry jobs?

With the wide disparity between the number of men as compared to women working in some sectors, it is important to look at how women fare in a sector that is known to be ‘dominated by white men.’ When asking whether or not the gender wage gap exists in the cannabis industry, the short answer is yes. According to Patriot Care, women in the sector are ‘closing the gender gap,’ which means that it exists, but that the situation is getting better. In fact, women are represented in many fields in the weed industry with 63% of high-level positions and 48% of senior-level posts held by women.

Want to get to know some of the ladies that are rocking the industry? Read on to find out who they are.

  • Shaleen Title and Danielle Schumacher

First on this list are best friends Shaleen Title and Danielle Schumacher. These two ladies founded THC Staffing Group, a company that deals with recruiting a more diverse workforce in the cannabis industry. In an interview with Ladybud, Title reveals that they established THC Staffing Group because of the highly noticeable lack of women during weed-related conferences and events.

With hundreds of cannabis businesses saying that they want to be more diverse in hiring, Title and Schumacher took the first step by providing them with a pool of women and people of color candidates. Now that’s a big leap compared to the usual list of applicants which is 95% white men.

However, Title emphasizes that their company does not aim to dismiss the contributions of the usual candidates in the pot sector. Instead, they aim to address the effects of the prejudice placed to people of color due to marijuana prohibition and the war on drugs.

  • Wanda James

Another significant pioneer in the marijuana community is Wanda James, who is now known as the ‘first black owner of a marijuana dispensary’ in her home state, Colorado. James used to work as a Navy lieutenant and is not operating not one, but three marijuana-related companies. First is Simply Pure, a dispensary that caters to medical and recreational pot users. She also runs Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI), a cooking school, which also handles catering orders. Lastly, James handles a consultation company that focuses on matters related to weed.

Just like Title who aims to use her pot business as a way to address real social matters experienced by people of color, James also seeks to use the legalization of weed to pursue social equity. The reason for her advocacy? She cites her experience with her younger brother who was given a 10-year sentence for having a small amount of weed on his possession.

  • Chanda Macias

Next up is Chanda Macias, who owns and manages the National Holistic Healing Center (NHHC). Based in Washington, D.C., the organization offers medical cannabis care to patients suffering from debilitating conditions and other specific illnesses. Aside from providing care, the NHHC also educates and support patients with qualifying conditions.

Macias has a Ph.D. with focus in Cell Biology, and with training in breast, prostate and bone cancer. There is no wonder that she is working to help patients with debilitating medical conditions. After all, one of the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana is cancer. With her dedication to the healthcare industry, Macias is set on finding the most innovative solutions and this includes medical cannabis.

  • Hope Wiseman

Even before reaching 30 years old, Hope Wiseman is already making waves in the weed sector not only as a businesswoman, but as the ‘youngest black woman to own a cannabis dispensary’ in the US. She runs Mary and Main, the first dispensary in Prince George’s County. This facility carries a wide variety of strains and therapeutics, making these products available to locals. Aside from being a dispensary, Wiseman envisions Mary and Main to be an events place for enthusiasts.

Title, James, Macias and Wiseman are members of Women Grow, an organization concentrated on cultivating female leadership in the pot sector.

How is medical cannabis received in workplaces around the world?

The developments in some states in the U.S. are already a tremendous win, especially when combined with the nationwide legalization in Canada. With the industry’s huge victories in North America, it is important to know how this plant fares in other parts of the world.

Here’s an executive summary of the developments across the globe:

  • In Asia, one of the most important developments is Thailand’s legalization of medical marijuana. There might still be a need to craft laws and policies related to work and marijuana.
  • Some parts of the continent seem to be much less inclined to follow Thailand’s footsteps.
  • After Canada legalized the plant, Japan issued a warning to its citizens saying that laws pertaining to marijuana still applies to Japanese citizens abroad. This essentially prohibits Japanese citizens from consuming any form of cannabis even when they are in a country where this herb is legal.
  • There are talks of medical marijuana legalization in other parts including the Philippines and India.
  • Uruguay is the first country to legalize medical marijuana nationwide.

With various developments in the U.S., the future seems to be bright for cannabis and the workplace, especially with the relaxing workplace policies in the country, as well as the positive impact on job creation. With this, cannabis seems to have a place in labor and industry. This is true, with the narrowing gender gap in the industry and what it does for people of color. However, elsewhere in the world, the plant needs more support in order to gain a footing.

This May Day, take the time to recognize the contributions of the marijuana sector in labor, industry and employment. Come May 1, make sure to light up a joint to show your solidarity with the community, as well as with the workers around the world.

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Cycling with CBD: How the Cannabinoid Can Help Cyclists

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How CBD Can Boost Cycling Benefits

Cycling has always been a healthy activity. It is a form of exercise that helps tone your muscles and improves your heart’s health. It is also a great way to improve your focus, mood, immunity, and overall quality of life. When used as a mode of transport, it can even get take you places all while keeping yourself healthy.

With the many positive impacts offered by cycling, you might be thinking that it can’t get any better. Well, we have good news for you. Adding cannabidiol into the mix can help enhance your experience.

How CBD Can Boost Cycling Benefits

How CBD Can Boost Cycling Benefits

Whether you are cycling to keep your weight down or as a way to keep your mind from your stressors, you have the chance to improve its benefits with the help of CBD products. Here’s how:

  • As an Energizer

Let’s admit it. There are days when you just don’t feel like going out and exerting effort. If you want to keep yourself consistent, you might want to take CBD. This cannabinoid is known to stimulate parts of the nervous system that affects your energy. Not only that, but it can also improve your focus on the top of the focus-enhancing effects of cycling itself.

  • As a Post-Cycling Treat

Cycling can burn a lot of calories, which is a good thing if you want to maintain optimal weight. However, it is not wrong to give yourself a treat after your session. After all, the main goal is to achieve a healthier and happier life. So, why not reward yourself with a gummy or an infused chocolate? This way, you always have something to look forward to after your session.

How CBD Can Boost Cycling Benefits
  • As a Pain-Reliever

Beginners will agree that this activity can result in sore muscles the next day. In fact, those who have not gone cycling for a while will feel aches after the excitement wears off. A great way to go is to take CBD for pain. This cannabinoid also affects the part of the brain that deals with pain and pleasure, as well as inflammation, so it can help reduce the pain.

  • As a Mood Enhancer

If you find yourself getting on your bicycle after a long and stressful week, then one of the reasons you are doing it is to help relax your mind. CBD also does the same. It is a known mood enhancer as stimulates your brain to be more focused, energized, and creative.

  • As a Sleep Aid

The physical exertion brought by this activity can definitely help you sleep better at night. If you are wondering how it can have this effect while also providing more energy, it is because this cannabinoid helps maintain balance in your body. So, if you lack energy, then it will boost your energy, but if you need to sleep, then it can help you, as well.

Should You Try CBD?

If you find yourself enjoying cycling, then you will definitely find pleasure in adding cannabidiol to your routine. Just remember that the effects can vary for every person and that you should consult your physician if you are taking medications or have any illnesses.

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How CBD Can Be Used to Treat Athlete’s Pain [VIDEO]

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CBD Can Be Used to Treat Athlete’s Pain

Medical experts and former NFL player Kyle Turley share insights on how CBD can be used for athlete’s pain relief when it comes to conditions such as cramps and muscle pain. However, there are also some concerns when it comes to professional athletes using CBD, even if it’s for pain alleviation.

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What CBD Can Do for Shelter Pets

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What CBD Can Do for Shelter Pets

VETCBD, a full-spectrum hemp and cannabis products producer and seller, and Best Friends Animal Society have recently announced their partnership intended to support animal welfare through the veterinarian- and medical marijuana expert-owned company’s One Fur One program. Named as the latest beneficiary, one of the Best Friend’s goals is to stop the killing of shelter pets by 2025.

To help Best Friends take better care of their rescues, VETCBD will be providing CBD hemp oil to the organization and its partners. Consumers can contribute to this initiative by purchasing tinctures, every single one of which will be matched by the company in donations.

In light of this partnership, pet lovers who are also CBD and cannabis consumers might be wondering how cannabidiol products can help shelter animals. Let’s shed some light on the conditions of shelter animals and how CBD can aid in improving their quality of life.

What are Shelter Animals?

Animal shelters play a huge role in taking care of their welfare. Animals in these shelters are often surrendered to the organization because owners no longer have the ability to take care of them. Pets that are abused are also taken to shelters to provide a better home and life for them. In the event that a homeless pet is caught in the streets, authorities bring them to these homes, as well.

Given these, it is safe to say that shelter animals have led a pretty hard life. That is until they were brought to shelters where members contribute in cash, kind, and action to take care of them. Around 3.2 million of them are adopted every year. However, the sad reality is shelters have limited capacities and with the rising number of animals being brought to them, they have no choice but to euthanize some of them.

What CBD Can Do for Shelter Pets

Research shows that dogs and cats have endocannabinoid systems which means that their bodies are designed to receive cannabinoids like CBD. In fact, just like humans, their bodies produce natural cannabinoids, also called endocannabinoids, that help maintains homeostasis. Because of this, there is no doubt that CBD has essential benefits to dogs and cats, especially those in shelters.

Keep in mind that these animals may have traumatic experiences given that many of them were strays or came from abusive situations. Those who were separated from their owners for any reason may also be experiencing anxiety. CBD oil can help address their trauma, stress, and anxiety it is known to have calming and relaxing effects not only in humans but also in animals.

This substance can also help address health-related matters, especially for sickly and elderly animals. Pets that suffer from chronic pain and seizures may benefit from CBD products. These can also help animals with cancer, especially in dealing with pain, nausea, and lack of appetite.

Before feeding your pets any form of cannabidiol, make sure to consult a veterinarian. Moreover, see to it that any product that would be given to them should be designed for them as dosages for humans and animals are different.

The Bottom Line

VETCBD’s initiative to help Best Friends is a great leap toward better taking care of animal’s welfare. In your own way, you can take part in giving shelter animals a better quality of life by donating CBD items or by purchasing from dispensaries with the same interest.

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