Tag: 4/20

In Historic First, U.S. Senate Majority Headlined NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally

With all-time high poll numbers, last year’s passage of the MORE Act that would end federal cannabis prohibition, this year’s overwhelming vote for the SAFE Banking Act, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s pledge that a legalization bill will be introduced “soon,” there are many reasons for the cannabis community to be encouraged that Uncle Sam is on the verge of ending the war on cannabis. In a symbolic, but still important move, New York Senator Chuck Schumer made history on May 1st by becoming the first U.S. Senate Majority Leader to speak at a cannabis event when he headlined the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally. Celebstoner announced that Schumer would be the featured speaker at the annual event, and Rolling Stone provided the coverage:

For decades — long before 4/20 became the unofficial weed holiday — New Yorkers of all stripes have gathered on the first Saturday in May to celebrate marijuana and demand its decriminalization at the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally. Revelers would flout the law, smoking joints in public, under the assumption that there was a sort of strength in numbers. This year, though, was a little different.

On March 31st, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to legalize weed — beginning the process of opening recreational cannabis dispensaries in the next year or two, and legalizing adult use and possession immediately. And in an unprecedented move, the state now allows marijuana to be smoked anywhere tobacco is allowed. While that doesn’t include parks — like Union Square, where this year’s march originated on Saturday, May 1st — the cops seemed to let it slide, and as marchers took to the streets, it was perfectly legal for everyone (21-plus) to light up as they walked. This year, those at the rally were even joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who pledged to bring federal cannabis legalization “the right way.”

Of course, it is 100% reasonable to be distrustful of most politicians and their promises. However, we shouldn’t let cynicism prevent us from recognizing the advancements that we’ve made. Yes, the Senate Majority Leader showing up to speak at a cannabis rally is simply performative and doesn’t immediately make any tangible changes. However, the fact that that one of the most powerful people in our government is willing to speak at an event that was taboo entirely not that long ago, is a big step forward culturally. We must continue holding Senator Schumer and everyone in government accountable, but we can still appreciate that he was willing to hobnob with the cannabis community in such a visible way.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaking at the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally. Photo credit: Troy Smit/NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally

The NFL Wisely Started Allowing Players to Utilize Cannabis (on 4/20, of course)

In the cannabis community’s fight for freedom and equality, the cultural battle is a very important component as every victory for common sense leads us closer to our ultimate goal. In America, sports are an integral part of society and changing the culture in sports causes ripples that flow into the business world and throughout various aspects of American life. The National Football League (NFL) is the biggest sports league in America, with its Super Bowl becoming an unofficial holiday, even celebrated by those that aren’t usual fans. Fittingly, the NFL started its new cannabis testing policy on 4/20, also an unofficial American holiday that’s even gotten commemorated by the Senate Majority Leader and throughout the Halls of Congress.

Under the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement, as the Boston Globe’s Senior NFL writer Ben Volin reported, players can start using cannabis on 4/20 and until the beginning of training camp (August 9th) with no repruccessions. There will be one drug test for all players that tests for delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol carboxylic acid, an inactive chemical that can confirm cannabis use, between the start of training camp and the first preseason game. The players will know when the test is and if they test negative, that will be their only such test all year. Further, the new agreement eliminate automatic suspensions for a simple positive test, but players can be fined and disciplined further for failing to cooperate with the testing and clinical procedures.

As, the New York Daily News reported, this policy change is a reflection of Reefer Madness fading away in our society:

The league acquiesced last offseason to a severe relaxation of its policy on marijuana, mirroring states’ legalization efforts and a general shift in the nation’s attitude toward the drug.

This is one of the givebacks in the name of player health and safety that the NFL Players’ Association acquired in exchange for agreeing to an extra regular season game and less than a 50-50 revenue split.

Many NFL players and athletes view marijuana as a safer medicine for treating or alleviating pain, compared to opioids and prescription drugs.

Additionally, the threshold for failing the THC test was increased more than four times, from 35 ng/ml to 150 ng/ml. According to the Mayo Clinic the presence of 100 ng/mL indicates relatively recent use, probably within the past 7 days while levels greater than 500 ng/mL suggest chronic and recent use. Mayo notes that chronic use causes accumulation of THC such that it is excreted into the urine for as long as 30 to 60 days from the time chronic use is halted. Cannabis connoisseurs in the NFL will want to plan accordingly since they will know when their test will be conducted.

This is a great step in the right direction for the NFL. Football is a violent sport that forces too many players to utilize too many pain pills that are extremely addictive and could be deadly. Cannabis is simply a safer alternative that can improve the lives of players. Congratulations to the players for forcing the league to adapt with the times and our scientific knowledge. And congratulations to the cannabis community at large, whether a football fan or not, as we notched another important win this 4/20. Touchdown dances are in order.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Hopes to End Cannabis Prohibition by 4/20/22

Hope everyone had a good holiday celebration. There were certainly plenty of reasons for the cannabis community to celebrate yesterday and to continue celebrating as we have been making tremendous progress in our fight for freedom, all across the nation and the globe. It’s a relatively slow and steady political and cultural battle, but it’s easy to see that the momentum is on our side as even our opponents have started to concede ground, claiming that they now support decriminalization.

It’s a real untenable situation for Reefer Madness prohibitionists who find themselves on the fringe, as less than 10% of Americans want cannabis to remain completely illegal. In a huge sign of our progress, the SAFE Banking Act passed the House on Monday by a whopping 321-101 margin. And then on the cannabis community’s sacred day, New York Senator Chuck Schumer took to the Senate floor on 4/20 to announce his hope that federal prohibition has been swept into the dustbin of history where it belongs by 4/20/22, as CNBC reported:

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday reiterated his call to legalize marijuana at the federal level, saying he hopes to see an end to the drug’s prohibition by next year’s 4/20.

“Hopefully, the next time this unofficial holiday, 4/20, rolls around, our country will have made progress in addressing the massive overcriminalization of marijuana in a meaningful and comprehensive way,” Schumer said on the floor of the upper chamber.

Schumer said the nation’s war on drugs has “too often been a war on people, particularly people of color.” “I believe the time has come to end the federal prohibition on marijuana in this country, and I’m working with Sens. Booker and Wyden on legislation to do just that,” he said.

There’s never been a better time to be a drug policy reform activist and we are so close to the promised land. It was heartening to see all of my federal representatives, Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley all make 4/20 statements about working to legalize cannabis for all adults. It’s been a rather remarkable ride for the cannabis community, we just need to continue working hard and smart, step by step, state by state. It helps to have the truth on our side because eventually, it shall set us all free.

There are always great deals at Kind Leaf to continue celebrating the cannabis community and how far we’ve come. You can conveniently use Leafly Pick-Up or just come on into Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique at 1733 SW Court Ave. in beautiful Pendleton. Discounts available for senior citizens, military veterans, and OMMP patients.

Celebrate the 4/20 Holiday with Great Deals at Kind Leaf!

Everybody knows that April 20th is a special holiday for the cannabis community and there is certainly a lot to celebrate this year. Since 4/20 last year, Arizona, New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, New Mexico, Virginia, and New York have all voted to end prohibition. The latest Gallup Poll revealed that 68% of Americans believe that marijuana should be legal, an all-time high since the polling firm found that only 12% felt the same back in 1969. The most recent Pew Research Poll revealed that over 90% of Americans believe that cannabis should be legal for either adult-use or medicinal purposes, and the SAFE Banking Act passed the United States House of Representatives by a whopping 321-101 margin. The banking bill, an extremely important piece of legislation for the cannabis industry, now moves onto the Senate with a lot of bipartisan momentum. With tons to celebrate, there are no better places to stock up than Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

Pendleton’s Kind Leaf is always the best shop for cannabis connoisseurs and novices alike, but the 4/20 deals are especially epic. This year there are too many amazing deals to even list them all, but to name just a few: 30% off Oregrown and Willamette Valley Alchemy products; 40% off of Green Bodhi, Fox Hollow Flora, and 7 Points Oregon top shelf flower; 40% off of Select Elite and Live Resin; 20% off Grön Chocolates, Mule Extract Gummies, and Happy Kitchen Edibles; 30% off of Exotic Blends and Blues Brothers; 40% off of fire & Jane and Loyal Oil Co. products; and $50 ounces of flower will be available! And just in time, Nathan Apodaca AKA the one and only Doggface that cheered up the world by vibing on his skateboard, is making his introduction into the Oregon market. All while supplies last, so don’t be a late slacker.

There are a lot of dispensaries to choose from in beautiful Oregon, but at Kind Leaf you know that you are choosing from the very best selection in the Great Northwest and that you are supporting a local business that gives back to the local community. You can order online at Leafly and conveniently pick up your products. Or just come on in and the knowledgeable, friendly staff will be happy to assist you. There are always great deals and discounts for military veterans, senior citizens, and OMMP patients. Thank you for the support and have an amazing, and safe, holiday celebration.

Happy 4/20! Celebrate Safely with Kind Leaf!

April 20, 2020 was supposed to be a 4/20 celebration unlike any other as April has actually been 4/20 all month long, but, well, we don’t even have to get into why there aren’t massive in-person celebrations around the globe. But don’t fret, cannabis community, as there are still many ways to celebrate responsibly, and one of the best ways is to take advantage of great deals like the ones at Kind Leaf, Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique.

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Kind Leaf has always put the safety of the community first and you can be rest assured that the dispensary has taken every reasonable precaution to continue providing the finest cannabis products to the people, including curbside pickup. In fact, when you utilize Leafly online pickup and curbside pickup services, you save 5% off the already amazing prices. Also, you can have your cannabis delivered directly to your door, from 10am to 6pm. There are great deals everyday, with selections from Oregon’s best and biggest inventory, but the 4/20 deals take things to another level:

25% OFF Flower – Voyager 1, Emerald Cake, Midnight Moon, Cascade Orange, Fall Frost, Mystery Haze, Sour OG, Sour Best Shit Ever, Head Dog, Blackberry Cheesecake, Tenzin Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Super Punch, Lucid Dream, Sherbert, GG #12, Llama, Crumpets #5, Koffee Prerolls – 20% off ALL prerolls and preroll packs Edibles

20% OFF – Flav Gummies, Golden Fruit Chews, Peak Chocolate, Magic Beverages, Elbe’s hardcandy,

Extracts – $7.10 OFF Happy Cabbage and Echo Electuary, Capital Cannabis (40% OFF), Portland Extracts (25% OFF), 30% OFF White Label Extracts Live Resin Tahoe OG X GDP, Mandarina Kush, Diamonds Dawgwalker, Diamonds Hot Rod, Peach Cheesewreck, Diamonds Gorilla Cooks, Animal Mints, The Vision, Southern Belle. 30% OFF all White Label Extracts DabTabs. 30% OFF Willamette Valley Extracts Gak Nana, Orange Zkittlez, Kitchen Sink, Platinum Garlic.

Vape Cartridges – 20% off all varieties

30% OFF all GLASS bongs, pipes, dab rigs

20% OFF all Apparel items

As always, seniors (5%) and military veterans (10%) get discounts, as do all licensed Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patients (15%). Kind Leaf works hard to serve the cannabis community and help mainstream cannabis so that we can be truly equal and free. Please support small Oregon cannabis businesses that do good work and invest in our local neighborhoods. Happy 4/20, everybody and remember to #BeKind.

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