Kaya Farms Now Open For Business – First Cannabis Dispensary In Jamaica

Balram Vaswani

For chairman and ‘Chief Ganja Officer’ of Kaya Farms,Balram Vaswani, opening the first medical marijuana dispensary in Jamaica was a dream come true. At the opening of the St Ann-based facility that also hosts sister companies Kaya Café, Kaya Herbhouse Kaya Spa, Vaswani said that it was a dream he has had since 1999.

He thanked those who stood by him through it all to see the birth of Kaya.

Following the official cutting of the ribbon, guests were allowed inside the herb house. Fully stocked, it will fulfil all weed needs. From miniature weed pipes to grinders, fancy wooden storage cases, lighters, rolling paper, and ash trays, it has everything you need to puff and roll up.

And, of course, there’s marijuana galore – Grape Escape, Love Triangle, 9lb Hammer, Golden Back, Sting-a-ling, and Flo, just to name a few of the varieties of herbs you can get.

In order to purchase Cannabis from the herb house, you must present a doctor’s recommendation. A doctor will be present at Kaya Herbhouse daily. If you feel like having a smoke after you have made your purchase, a smoking room is readily available.

There are other ways to experience the plant in various forms, all housed in the spa. Kaya spa has a variety of hemp-based products that you can try – lotions, facial scrubs, therapeutic pain relievers by Nature’s Roots, as well as spa treatments.

After a brief tour of the herb house, it was time to head up to the farm, where the real magic happens – where the Cannabis is grown and nurtured to be ready for sale.

Rolling into the farm, you are immediately hit by the sweet aroma of Cannabis. The tour takes you to the nursery, where the seeds are placed into root growers to get their roots before they are transferred to pots. Then, to the big house, the greenhouse, and the harvesting room, where the marijuana is hung to dry and cut for packaging.

With the tour over, there was no better way to get refreshed than at the café. Kaya Café wa s declared open after the ceremonial sipping of the first cup of coffee by Rohan Marley and Balram Vaswani. If you are not into coffee or pastry, you can get some pizza by the pizzeria, rum by the bar, or natural juices by the juice booth.

Irie FM was on hand to keep the full house rocking while giving away spot prizes and keeping guests high. While some lined up to see the doctor for their recommended joints, others shopped, ate, smoked, and enjoyed the vibes.








Cannabis lounge opens in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO — The smoke was thick and business brisk at the Barbary Coast Dispensary’s marijuana smoking lounge, a darkened room that resembles a steakhouse or upscale sports tavern with its red leather seats, deep booths with high dividers, and hardwood floors.

“There’s nothing like this in Jersey,” said grinning Atlantic City resident Rick Thompson, getting high with his cousins in San Francisco.

Rick Thompson, left, and Keith Baskerville

Rick Thompson, left, and Keith Baskerville sample the marijuana at San Francisco’s Barbary Coast Dispensary, where pot smokers can enjoy their purchases in a lounge-like setting.

In fact, there’s nothing like the Barbary Coast lounge almost anywhere in the United States, a conundrum confronting many marijuana enthusiasts who find it increasingly easy to buy pot but harder to find legal places to smoke it.

Only California permits marijuana smoking at marijuana retailers with specially designed lounges. But it also allows cities to ban those kinds of shops.

Unsurprisingly, San Francisco is the trailblazer. It’s the only city in the state to fully embrace Amsterdam-like coffee shops, the iconic tourist stops in the Netherlands where people can buy and smoke marijuana in the same shop.

Nicole Elliot

San Francisco’s marijuana “czar”said new permits will be issued once city health officials finalize regulations designed to protect workers from secondhand smoke and the neighborhood from unwelcomed odors. The lounges are required to install expensive heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to prevent the distinct marijuana odor from leaking outside.


Other California cities are warming to the idea.

The city of West Hollywood has approved plans to issue up to eight licenses; the tiny San Francisco Bay Area town of Alameda said it will allow two; and Oakland and South Lake Tahoe each have one lounge. Sacramento, Los Angeles and other cities are discussing the issue but have not authorized any lounges.

Jackie Rocco, the city of West Hollywood’s business development manager, said residents and cannabis businesses complain there is “no safe place, no legal place, to use it.”

Rocco said city officials envision smoking lounges set up like traditional bars, but for now the idea is more concept than plan.

Meanwhile, lawmakers and officials in other states are dithering over the issue.

Massachusetts marijuana regulators considered approval of “cannabis cafes.” But the proposal came under withering criticism from Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration and law enforcement officials, who claimed among other things that opening such businesses would lead to more dangerously stoned drivers.

The five-member Cannabis Control Commission ultimately yielded to pressure by agreeing to put off a decision on licensing any cafes until after the initial rollout of retail marijuana operations, expected this summer. Members of the panel, however, continue to support the idea.

Jim Borghesani,

“Those who wish to consume cannabis are going to do so whether social sites exist or not, and are going to make driving decisions regardless of where they consume,” said Jim Borghesani, spokesman for the Massachusetts chapter of the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.

“Social sites will simply give cannabis users the same options available to alcohol users,” he said.

In Colorado, one of the first states to broadly legalize, lawmakers failed in a close vote to make so-called “tasting rooms” legal. However, cities may do it, and Denver has authorized lounges where consumers bring their own marijuana, issuing a single permit so far.

Nevada has put off a vote on the issue until next year. Oregon has considered and rejected legislation. In Alaska, regulators rejected onsite use last year but are scheduled to revisit the issue next month.




Is home delivery for medical marijuana coming to Kentucky?

U.S. Marijuana Party Kentucky

Lisa Bernard-Kuhn 8:00 AM, Mar 16, 2018

CINCINNATI – As Ohio’s medical marijuana program begins to take shape, Kentucky lawmakers are crafting their own plans legalize the drug in the Bluegrass state.

A bill introduced earlier this year would allow Kentuckians with certain medical conditions who receive a medical order from a doctor to legally use the cannabis in multiple forms.

If passed, Kentucky would be the 30th state to pass laws legalizing cannabis in some form.

Like Ohio’s newly passed program, the measure would prohibit Kentuckians from smoking medical cannabis.Vaping and the use of cannabis-based tinctures, oils and edibles would be allowed. So would home deliveries of medical cannabis — a detail not included in Ohio’s program.

As lawmakers continue to consider the measure in Frankfort, here’s a breakdown of key facts to know about the proposal:

Can Kentuckians grow their own medical marijuana?

Originally, the bill…

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Sleep issues are one of the most common health detractors in the United States. According to the American Sleep Association, between 50 and 70 million American adults have some of type of sleep disorder. Whether it be sleep apnea, poor sleep quality, or the occasional night filled with restlessness, many of us have at some point dealt with the negative effects of sleep deprivation.

Charlize Theron

On the March 7, 2018 episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, actress Charlize Theron revealed her and her mother have historically struggled with insomnia. But she recently discovered cannabis edibles for insomnia treatment and is happy with the results. “I have really bad sleep, and so does my mom,” Theron admitted. “We were talking about cannabis because we do take sleep medication and I was saying to her, maybe we should figure out something that could help us with sleep.”

Cannabis edibles have helped Theron and her mother with insomnia, but they have also helped many others. There is some credible scientific evidence that supports thousands of anecdotal claims that edibles help treat sleep disorders.


According a study conducted by the U.S. Institute of Health, cannabis has the ability in certain circumstances to act as a sedative. This study does provide evidence that cannabis can help induce sleep, but it clarifies that not all cannabis compounds are right for insomnia. The authors of the study make clear that THC does have sedative effects but the CBD also “appears to have alerting properties [which] increased awake activity during sleep and counteracted the sedative effects of THC.”

Though the study’s results may seem surprising to some, it makes sense that CBD would induce more brain activity than THC. Many use CBD to treat depression and some of it’s common symptoms such as fatigue, and there is evidence that supports their claims. THC on the other hand is notorious for its sedative effects.


The idea of cannabis as a medicinal plant has gained popularity at an incredible rate over the past few years. Celebrities like Charlize Theron are becoming more open about their consumption of cannabis. As seen above, UFC fighter Nate Diaz even lit up a joint on live television a few weeks ago. Famous stars have always been proponents of cultural change and more will likely become vocal about their medical cannabis support.



Il Presidente Mattarella ha concesso la grazia a un malato condannato per cannabis – DolceVita

Il presidente della Repubblica, Sergio Mattarella, ha concesso la grazia a un uomo che era stato condannato a cinque mesi di carcere per aver coltivato alcune piante di cannabis a scopo di consumo terapeutico. Il presidente Mattarella ha riconosciuto che dietro la coltivazione allestita dal condannato, un uomo di 63 anni di Trento, vi erano solo ragioni di salute.

L’ufficialità della grazia è arrivata ieri, comunicata direttamente dall’avvocato dell’imputato, Fabio Valcanover. L’uomo graziato da Mattarella è malato di epatite cronica e sieropositivo. La sua condanna, che era stata confermata anche dalla Cassazione, aveva lasciato sconcertati. Il malato infatti era in possesso di regolare ricetta medica per l’uso di cannabis, ma a causa delle difficoltà riscontrate nell’approvvigionamento in farmacia, aveva messo a coltivazione due piante per non rischiare di rimanere senza cure.

«Bravo presidente, ha riconosciuto che si è trattato solo e soltanto di ragioni di salute», ha commentato l’avvocato Fabio Valcanover, che è anche un militante del Partito Radicale. La grazia è da considerarsi immediatamente esecutiva ed annulla del tutto la sentenza di condanna, che era stata di cinque mesi e dieci giorni di carcere e di 800 euro di multa.

Ovviamente la decisione del capo dello stato non inciderà in alcun modo sugli altri processi in corso o su altre condanne comminate in casi analoghi a questo. Si tratta diuna decisione che incide solo sul singolo caso, senza comportare alcuna modifica alle leggi vigenti, secondo le quali la coltivazione di cannabis rimane un reato. Di seguito il documento di grazia, privato di alcuni dati sensibili, così come diffuso dall’avvocato Valvanover.



Sorgente: Il Presidente Mattarella ha concesso la grazia a un malato condannato per cannabis – DolceVita

Canapa Expo Sud: dal 27 aprile a Catania la canapa incontra la cucina e il benessere – DolceVita

La cultura del biologico incontra quella della canapa per un evento all’insegna del benessere e del buon cibo, in una delle capitali della cucina per eccellenza: Catania. Questi gli ingredienti di Canapa Expo Sud, la prima fiera siciliana della canapa organizzata all’interno di CamBIOvita, in programma a Le Ciminiere dal 27 al 29 aprile ed organizzata dalla Expo di Barbara Mirabella in collaborazione con Compagnia delle Opere Sicilia Orientale e la Federazione Italiana Cuochi e l’Ass.ne Cuochi Etnei per ciò che concerne gli eventi sul palco Show Cooking.

La vasta “biodiversità” del territorio siciliano sarà al centro dell’evento, rappresentata da prodotti biologici, sani e genuini, coltivati e lavorati con cura, solo eccellenze rispettose dell’ambiente e della salute.

Si punterà sulla centralità della persona, nella sua ricerca di un benessere che è essenzialmente equilibrio proponendo un modo di vivere sano e naturale. Si scoprirà e si valorizzerà il territorio viaggiando in modo eco-compatibile alla ricerca di uno stabile equilibrio tra cultura, sport, salute e ambiente. Si parlerà di sostenibilità, ambiente ed emergenza climatica: il continuo aumento dei costi e la pericolosa dipendenza dall’importazione di energia. Si approfondirà il settore della canapa industriale e medica, i suoi campi di utilizzo e le sue proiezioni future.

Queste le tematiche dietro CamBIOvita Expo: tre giorni di grandi eventi, corsi, rassegne, convegni, degustazioni e workshop che faciliteranno l’incontro tra i professionisti, gli esperti, gli addetti ai lavori e il pubblico alla ricerca di domande e verità. Per cambiare in meglio la propria vita spesso basta rifuggire semplicemente dalle proprie cattive abitudini. Il primo step è acquisire consapevolezza. Su questa direzione e con un profondo spirito propositivo si muove CamBIOvita Expo.

All’interno degli spazi fieristici troverà ampio spazio Expo Canapa Sud, una fiera nella fiera – della quale Dolce Vita è media partner – che porterà in Sicilia i profumi, i sapori e le molteplici applicazioni, della canapa, con attenzione anche agli usi  alimentari, industriali e medici.

Tutte le giornate di fiera saranno arricchite da meeting e spettacoli sia per i visitatori che per gli operatori del settore, mentre i cuochi si alterneranno nell’area show cooking dando vita a piatti salutistici, vegani e naturali. Ogni sera dalle 18 CamBIOvita diventa “Cambia anima” con un percorso di aperitivi naturali, dj set e musica dal vivo.

L’ingresso alla fiera è gratuito scaricando l’invito omaggio. Per info:www.cambiovitaexpo.com

Sorgente: Canapa Expo Sud: dal 27 aprile a Catania la canapa incontra la cucina e il benessere – DolceVita

Industrial hemp pilot program unanimously passes Oklahoma House


An industrial hemp pilot program has unanimously passed through the Oklahoma House.

Jon Echols

HB 2913, by Rep. Mickey Dollens and Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, expands Oklahoma’s agricultural options and creates the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program.

Mickey Dollens

“The potential provided in this bill is limitless,” said Dollens, D-Oklahoma City. “In the long term, industrial hemp could become a source of steady, recurring revenue for Oklahoma. Once we analyze results from this pilot program, our state can be on track to commercialize the product and strengthen our economic portfolio.”

The program will be headed by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry. It will allow universities or farmers to contract with universities to cultivate certified hemp seed for research and development for industrial uses.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.




Bill to legalize CBD oil in Indiana suddenly transformed into gun bill instead

U.S. Marijuana Party Kentucky

Bob Segall

Published: Mar 10th, 2018 – 7:56am (EST)

Updated: Mar 10th, 2018 – 2:16pm (EST)

INDIANAPOLIS — Few lawmakers expected the vote to be unanimous. But it was.

In late January, the Indiana House of Representatives voted 93-0 to pass HB 1214, a bill that would legalize CBD oil for thousands of Hoosiers who say they desperately need it to treat their pain, seizures, Alzheimer’s Disease and other medical problems.

It got plenty of support in the Senate, too, passing by a 3-to-1 margin. All it needs now is for a joint conference committee to work out some differences in the House and Senate versions of the bill, and then it’s off to the governor for his signature.

Or so we thought. But this in Indiana, and Indiana politics is full of surprises.

I caught up with the bill’s author Thursday afternoon and asked him, “Hey, what’s up…

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Misleading Parliament Again. Victoria Atkins, The Drugs Minister With A Family Cannabis Farm.

Peter Reynolds

She’s back!  Victoria Atkins MP is again engaged in answering parliamentary questions on cannabis for the UK government.  Clearly this is wholly improper when she directly benefits from commercial production of cannabis.

Ms Atkins disappeared from public view for a few weeks after CLEAR revealed that her husband is growing 45 acres of cannabis under government licence while she argues against drugs regulation in Parliament. It was particularly notable that she was absent from the House of Commons during the recent urgent question debate on a medical cannabis licence for Alfie Dingley.  Instead, her colleague Nick Hurd MP, ostensibly the Police Minister, was required to answer a question on drugs.  Similarly, she was nowhere to be seen as Paul Flynn MP’s bill came up for debate, which sadly, as CLEAR had predicted, never took place.

It is simply extraordinary that the so-called Drugs Minister should duck and dive…

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