By Brittany Driver
It is all good to have a company wide Code of Conduct. It is a completely different thing for a company to hold itself to that standard - and it doesn’t always happen. This was proven again last week with news of a massive donation made to pot propaganda machine.
Arizona based pharmaceutical company Insys Therapeutics made a whopping $500,000 contribution to anti-cannabis group Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy last week. Both groups are deceiving - INSYS preaches opioid overdose concerns but produces Subsys fentanyl, a painkiller that can have fatal consequences; Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy uses unsubstantiated science to back up claims that marijuana is addictive for 30% of users and uses this and more in an attempt to block “Big Cannabis.”
This half a million dollar donation, which puts INSYS in the same boat as other contributors like “Governor Ducey, the Arizona Association of County School Superintendents, the Arizona Small Business Association, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, the Arizona Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and several other community organizations” according campaign manager for ARDP Adam Deguire, is meant to support the organization’s battle against Prop 205, which would regulate cannabis like alcohol.
Three ways this donation violates the INSYS Code of Conduct:
1. “INSYS employees or agents may not provide any payment or benefit to any person or entity in order to improperly influence a government official or to gain an unfair business advantage.”
2. “We are committed to upholding our reputation of integrity by continuing to make objective decisions. Even the appearance of a conflict of interest can damage your reputation and that of the Company.”
3. “While INSYS encourages its employees to participate in politics, such activity must only
occur in your individual capacity and not on behalf of the Company. Accordingly, you
cannot use the Company’s name in connection with your political activities and you cannot use Company equipment for political purposes.”
The Code of Conduct dictates anyone aware of a breach of this code to alert the company. We should do that. Lets all file a complaint.
For more information about the INSYS donation, check out this article over at The Washington Post.
By: Jack Foersterling
Even though twenty-five states have now legalized marijuana in some form and four have approved it for recreational use, there is still a large percentage of people who oppose marijuana for one reason or another. Chances are that you know someone with an unfavorable perspective of cannabis; here are some ideas to open the discussion in a positive way.
Weed has Changed
Modern, legal weed isn’t the same stuff your folks smoked at Woodstock back in the day. Forget the seeds, stems, and suspicious growing techniques. Today, grow houses are closely monitored by state agencies to ensure safe cultivation of the bud sold in licensed dispensaries. Dispensaries offer an endless number of different strains, ranging from fruity sativas to Earthy indicas, and every hybrid in between. Simply ask the budtender what kind of effect you’re looking for and they will direct you to the perfect strain.
Perhaps the biggest validation for the consumption of marijuana is that, in the great state of Colorado, it is completely legal! Gone are the days of buying weed from a hooded drug dealer in a dark alley; dispensaries are secure and legal making purchasing marijuana incredibly convenient and comfortable. Many dispensaries today offer immaculate shopping experiences making even the Apple Store look like a Rite-Aid. Additionally, with nearly half the states in the union moving towards legalization, this argument has only been gaining more power each election cycle.
You don’t have to smoke it
Many people are turned off to cannabis due to the intense odor and negative side effects that smoking can have on the body. An alternative, and extremely popular, option in Colorado, and other legal states, are edibles. Now these aren’t the pot brownies you may have mixed up at home; these edibles are works of culinary art. Now-a-days, edibles are regularly tested for potency and consistency and are clearly marked and dividable into precise servings. Edibles are available at nearly every dispensary in Colorado and come in a variety of different forms. Most take the form of fruit flavored candies or baked goods appealing to those with a sweet tooth. If you or your mother is new to edibles, start low and go slow for the best experience.
It’s more than just “getting high”
For many people, smoking a joint is the same as cracking a beer at the end of a long day at work. Smoking weed has been proven to help people relax. With the wide variety of cannabis options, those is legal states can opt for strains that are stimulating and motivating. Whether it’s going to the gym, out for a run, or even just some pick-up sports with a few friends, there is a very large population of active consumers out there. It doesn’t have to be high-energy either, there are plenty of everyday activities that are enhanced with cannabis.
Cannabis can help in many different ways and naturally will effect everyone differently due to our individual genetics. Discussing cannabis with someone that may not know enough about the subject is the best way you can help move this industry forward. After nearly 80 years of prohibition, Colorado and other recreational states have only scraped the surface for the fight of legalization. Using these tools to explain the benefits of cannabis, in all varieties, will help to break the stigma around cannabis history and open communication!
By Jack Foersterling
For many who consume cannabis, sitting on the couch for a 4-hour Netflix binge with your dog might sound like the best thing ever, but don’t limit yourself in the wonderful world of being high. Denver offers up some great activities that break the monotony of the day-to-day and only get better when blazed.
1. Park Vibes
Take advantage of the city’s wonderful atmosphere and enjoy two of Denver’s best features at the same time: beautiful parks and legal bud. Remember, it is illegal to smoke in public, so toking up before the park activities is the best way to go. Grab some friends, a frisbee and relax in the grass. Whether it’s for a beautiful sunset walk around Cheeseman Park or a spring picnic at Confluence Park, the Denver greenery is bountiful and beautiful.
2. Make Friends with the Animals
Remember the pure amazement and joy you had as a kid when your family took a trip to the zoo or aquarium? You can live that feeling all over again with just a little help from your friend Mary Jane. With attractions like the interactive string ray touch tank at the Denver Downtown Aquarium or the penguin encounter at the Denver Zoo (no tuxedo required), there’s nothing quite like a weekend trip to make you feel like a kid again.
3. Plan an elaborate dinner at home
While dragging through a long week at work, it is easy to get home and decide to order out or make another bland meal. Planning a big dinner that includes pot will surely be the highlight of your week. The enjoyment comes two-fold, not only is it a stress reliever to make a delicious meal, but the finished product will be well worth the wait and bound to taste better after a few puffs or edible appetizers. Plan ahead and grocery shop early so that you're motivated to get chopping right away!
4. Go to the movies
A night at the movies with a big bucket of popcorn, a drink so big you could swim in it, and the relaxing effect of an edible will blow any night in out of the water. Denver has some incredible theaters to further enhance the experience. Catch an indie film at the Landmark Mayan Theatre or a block buster on the biggest screen in the state at the Stadium 9. While any movie is invariably better while stoned, films packed with lots of action, comic relief, and little plot (think Michael Bay, Fast and Furious, and the soon-to-be Super Troopers 2) tend to be the most enjoyable. For even more of an experience, pay up for IMAX or 3D then kick back and enjoy the show.
5. Get creative!
Next time you toke up, turn off the electronics and break out the paint and canvas or an adult coloring book! While you might not be the next Van Gough, there are few pleasures in life greater than getting high and being creative. Whether it’s a simple doodle, or a masterpiece that utilizes all 64 of the crayons in the box, letting the creative juices flow is a great way to relax, and maybe even find a hidden talent. Or, make a night out of it and head down town to Upstairs Circus. Featuring DIY arts and crafts projects along with a healthy selection of cocktails and drinks, it makes the perfect destination, post session, to let out your creative side. You can even take a cannabis art class now in Denver! Check out our friends at Puff, Pass, and Paint.
Maximize the cannabis experience by partaking in these activities around Denver. From full day outings to enhancing your weeknight home life, there’s an endless list of activities to try that only get better while you’re high. Consume responsibly, and have a great time.
By Guest Blogger E.P.
You don’t have to be a botanist to appreciate cannabis: the plant we all know and love. Here are a few fun, freaky, science facts about Mary Jane.
Cultivators are obsessed with sex...of the plant that is. Cannabis plants are diecious - meaning there are both female and male versions of the plant. ‘It’s a girl!’ if whispy pistils (female plant parts) are present, whereas males showcase about five, tiny-testicle-looking features in which stamen (male plant parts) emerge. The lady flowers form into the sticky buds we all desire, while males are only valuable to growers managing their own breeding. If you're going to grow, be sure to separate the girls and boys so the plants don't turn into hermaphrodites.
2. Family Tree
The family Cannabaceae includes Cannabis (hemp and marijuana), Humulus (hops), and Celtis (hackberries). Didn’t know your favorite IPA and favorite bud were related? Dad and Dude's Breweria introduced one of the first cannabis brewed beers, made with legal hemp oil, at the 2015 GABF in Denver. The taste reflects that of a traditional IPA, but with a smoother finish.The THC is stripped from the hemp used so that consumers don't get the high effects. Colorado is at the epicenter of craft brewing and conveniently also the mecca for recreational weed in the United States so it is likely that more cannabis craft beers will be made available in the years to come.
The difference between hemp and marijuana is a genetic switch. Cannabis plants contain unique compounds called cannabinoids, though these compounds vary between hemp and marijuana. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and most common known cannabinoid. The hemp plant lacks the enzyme to produce THCA, the precursor to THC and therefore has very little THC content. Alternatively, hemp is known for its high content of CBD, another important cannabinoid for pain relief with no psychoactive and components. Hemp plants produce more CBD than THC while cannabis produces more THC than CBD, although both cannabinoids are found in each type.
4. Hey Ladies!
Washington State University psychologist, Rebecca Craft, studied cannabis resistance in rats and in a 2014 study concluded that females are more sensitive to the pain-relief side effects of the cannabis plant, but are also more inclined to develop a tolerance. Shout out to the ladies on this one! It’s mainly due to higher estrogen levels in women. Women are generally more sensitive to cannabis; the only area where men scored higher in this unique gender-based study was ‘having the munchies’. Sounds like the best excuse for grabbing Cheetos at 711 around there could be, you sensitive gents, you.
Purple Haze, Sueño, Golden Goat and all the other funky, different strains are composed of very different DNA - just like the way your Aunt Edna has that special Old Couch & Caramel jello scent in her own unique DNA. Crazily enough, some scientists do work on genetic mapping of different strains of marijuana, sometimes used in cartel-busts, or forensic cases. Due to the federal scheduling of marijuana, the amount of research on the genetic DNA of strains is bleek, but more and more scientists are taking the plunge to learn more about this marvelous plant and the benefits it provides.
6. Contact High
It may require a large amount of marijuana and a lack of ventilation, but contact high is a real thing. Researchers in Italy actually studied the air around such iconic places like The Coliseum, finding trace amounts of cannabis. Of the eight Italian cities studied in 2012 - Rome, Bologna, Florence, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Turin and Verona - the honors went to Florence and Bologna for highest cannabis concentrations. Buongiorno!!!