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Series: Cannabis & LGBTQ - Acceptance and Legalization

Series: Cannabis & LGBTQ - Acceptance and Legalization

In our series we have discussed the hardships the LGBTQ and Cannabis communities have faced as well as their perseverance. In our previous post we explored the gains made starting in 1990's, the momentum from those wins have only intensified and continued until today as we have entered an era of acceptance and legalization.  For the LGBTQ community domestic partnership laws and civil unions, as well as adoption by same-sex couples was recognized in several states and countries. Equal marriage (or same-sex marriage) was legalized in several jurisdictions as well. By 2010 7 countries and 8 States/capital regions would recognize equal...

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Series: Cannabis & LGBTQ - Crisis to Compassion

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Series: Cannabis & LGBTQ - Crisis to Compassion

In the third post on our series Cannabis & LGBTQ we examine the crisis both the cannabis and LGBTQ community faced during the 1980's and how they helped each other emerge from an extremely difficult time. Reagan Era 1980 ushered in a new era for the United States, where both the cannabis and LGBTQ community were enjoying increased acceptance and support. With that growing support however came a backlash fueled by Christian Fundamentalists and social conservatism. Ronald Reagan was quick to embrace this movement during a presidential campaign that would see him handily gain office and bring about a new era...

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Series: Cannabis & LGBTQ - Free Love & Activism

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Series: Cannabis & LGBTQ - Free Love & Activism

The second installment of our Cannabis & LGBTQ series focuses on the Free Love and Activism during the 1960's and 70's.  Anger into Activism During the 1950's a bubbling of discontent was brewing in America. Communities were becoming organized, and people began to push back against the culture of fear and conformity the government had created. The Mattachine Society and Daughters of Bilitis began leaflet and picket campaigns and pushing for change in legislature. The 60's also saw the birth of the first real organized group to push for marijuana legalization, LeMar (Legalize Marijuana) was founded in New York in...

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Series: Cannabis & LGBTQ - Stigmatized & Criminalized

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Series: Cannabis & LGBTQ - Stigmatized & Criminalized

Cannabis and the LGBT community have had a long, storied history and in honour of Toronto Pride month we will be examining the impact of cannabis and the LGBTQ community over the course of the next couple weeks.  Commonalities faced in the first half of the 20th Century, the beginnings of the LGBT rights movement and cannabis activism.  While homosexuality was illegal for the first half of the 20th century in most countries there were periods where it was simply ignored or tolerated, for instance the roaring 20's or between soldiers and the women on the home front during the second world...

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What is THC & CBD?

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What is THC & CBD?

If you're new to cannabis or a casual user you have most likely heard two common terms: THC and CBD. But, what are THC and CBD? Why are their effects? And, how do they differ from each other?  Let's start with the basics. THC and CBD are cannabinoids identified in cannabis. They are chemical compounds that act with the cannabinoid receptors that we all have throughout our body, known as the endocannabinoid system. While there are at least 113 cannabinoids that have been identified in cannabis, THC and CBD are the two most common and most referenced.  What is THC? THC, or tetrahydrocannabidinol,...

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