Cannabis Industry Accountability Workshop Results

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What does it mean for the cannabis industry to be the “best version” of itself? On Monday, June 24, 2019 a group of cannabis industry participants, patients, activists and ancillary business owners gathered to explore this question.   As people signed in, they identified their perspectives as “plant touching business experienced”, “ancillary business experience”, “activists” and “patients”. A brief introduction by Soulful Cannabis Co-founder & President Skip Shuda, acknowledged the “land grab” fever that is sweeping through the legal cannabis industry; the emergence and dominance of “multi-state operators (MSOs)” and the beginning of some cannabis companies creating equity and restorative justice programs.   Skip mentioned the Cresco SEED program and the TerraVida Victims of the War on Drugs (VOWD) program.  After the introduction, people wrote down some of their highest priorities for a more conscious and a “better” cannabis industry.   These priority messages were organized into six buckets including: 1) Social Justice 2) Community 3) Employees 4) Laws and Regulations 5) Patients and Caregiving 6) Education Four working groups tackled the buckets and came up with the following summaries: Laws and Regulations […]

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Cannabis and Cancer Cancer will likely affect you or a loved one at some point in your lifetime.  You may find yourself as a patient or caregiver, wondering what treatments to pursue and what medications to take. Of course, this is a personal choice between you or the… Medical Cannabis as an Alternative in Hospice Many of us have had an encounter with hospice at some point in our life. Whether it be a loved one or a friend, the philosophy of hospice is dignity at the end of life, education regarding the dying process, spiritual… Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Caregiving Background Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program was born out of caregiving.  The “Mama Bears”, groups of mothers demanding cannabis options for their seriously ill children, had pressured and shamed… As the global pandemic spread in early spring of 2020, Skip Shuda sat down with Sonia Gomez of the Hemp Revolution Podcast to record this podcast.   Sonia and Skip covered a wide range of topics including starting a Soulful business in the cannabis industry and… Like the rest of businesses across America, […]

Industry Accountability

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  SOULFUL CANNABIS ANNOUNCES STANDARD FARMS AS SPONSOR  Media, PA (December, 2020): Soulful Cannabis is excited to announce Standard Farms as a sponsor of Soulful Cannabis.  Standard Farms LLC (“Standard Farms”), an approved Pennsylvania Grower-Processor in the… by Stasia DeMarcoPennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The number of companies dispensing medical cannabis is growing rapidly with multiple locations across the state. One thing for sure is that medical marijuana… Soulful Cannabis Announces Leafwell as Sponsor Media, PA (September, 2020): Soulful Cannabis is excited to announce Leafwell as a sponsor of Soulful Cannabis.  Leafwell has joined as a 2020 sponsor of Soulful Cannabis, allowing Soulful Cannabis to pursue its programs… Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Caregiving Background Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program was born out of caregiving.  The “Mama Bears”, groups of mothers demanding cannabis options for their seriously ill children, had pressured and shamed… Soulful Cannabis Announces Pennsylvania Institute of Technology as Sponsor MEDIA, PA (September, 2020): Soulful Cannabis is excited to announce Pennsylvania Institute of Technology as a sponsor of Soulful Cannabis.  The Pennsylvania Institute of […]

Why Soulful Cannabis?

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Legalization of marijuana (cannabis) across states in the US has led to a rollback of prohibition.   Cannabis prohibition was started in the 1930s as the result of racism, greed and bias.   So legalization of cannabis across states is a good thing, right? Not everyone thinks so. Ask Ed Forchion (aka NJ Weedman).  Ed Forchion recently wrote: The industry in being formed largely by politically connected rich Caucasians who aren’t even part of the marijuana culture.  I call them ‘cannabaggers’. These two politicians and the cannabaggers are making the new marijuana industry laws to cater to these cannabaggers exclusively.   Neither I nor most minorities who were victimized by the current marijuana laws can’t participate or even fill out a application for a job or to get ownership in the proposed industry. … Why must we be millionaires to sell it?” Ask Jessica Bartlett of the Boston Business Journal,  who writes: Medical marijuana advocates are concerned the state isn’t doing enough to make the medical program on par with the recreational one, differences that may cripple the medical industry just as the recreational […]

Cannabis as Medicine

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Cannabis and Cancer Cancer will likely affect you or a loved one at some point in your lifetime.  You may find yourself as a patient or caregiver, wondering what treatments to pursue and what medications to take. Of course, this is a personal choice between you or the…   SOULFUL CANNABIS ANNOUNCES STANDARD FARMS AS SPONSOR  Media, PA (December, 2020): Soulful Cannabis is excited to announce Standard Farms as a sponsor of Soulful Cannabis.  Standard Farms LLC (“Standard Farms”), an approved Pennsylvania Grower-Processor in the… Many of us will be talking to family over the holidays.  If you’ve ever had difficulty explaining your cannabis use to a family member, then you’re reading the right post! First off, its good to clarify that you call it cannabis.  Why? That’s the name of the plant. … Medical Cannabis as an Alternative in Hospice Many of us have had an encounter with hospice at some point in our life. Whether it be a loved one or a friend, the philosophy of hospice is dignity at the end of life, education regarding the dying process, […]

Cannabis and the Pandemic – Finding Soulful Business Paths (Podcast)

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As the global pandemic spread in early spring of 2020, Skip Shuda sat down with Sonia Gomez of the Hemp Revolution Podcast to record this podcast.   Sonia and Skip covered a wide range of topics including starting a Soulful business in the cannabis industry and finding careers in cannabis.  They explore how the pandemic has affected the cannabis industry, the operations of cannabis companies and Soulful Cannabis as an organization.  Sonia’s team provided a chock-full of resources including the full transcript and recording, with bookmarks, of Sonia’s conversation with Skip.   Soulful CeeI’m Soulful Cee.  I’m a writer, IT professional, and daily user of cannabis for relief of anxiety. Soulful Cannabis is where I share knowledge, product info, and occasional tall tales with those of you out there considered cannabis curious!  Now that I’m getting older, I’m leaning into CBD products to keep my quality of life and take the edge off daily stress. Come explore the amazing cannabis plant with me! soulfulcannabis.com

Soulful Cannabis Inaugural Sponsor Payment Page

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Thank you for agreeing to sponsor our inaugural event on Feb. 24, 2019. We are delighted to have you as a sponsor. Using the “Pay Now” button below, you can either use a Paypal account or select the “Pay with Credit Card” button to pay by credit card. Soulful CeeI’m Soulful Cee.  I’m a writer, IT professional, and daily user of cannabis for relief of anxiety. Soulful Cannabis is where I share knowledge, product info, and occasional tall tales with those of you out there considered cannabis curious!  Now that I’m getting older, I’m leaning into CBD products to keep my quality of life and take the edge off daily stress. Come explore the amazing cannabis plant with me! soulfulcannabis.com

Doing it Right

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by Stasia DeMarcoPennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program is managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The number of companies dispensing medical cannabis is growing rapidly with multiple locations across the state. One thing for sure is that medical marijuana… Soulful Cannabis Announces Pennsylvania Institute of Technology as Sponsor MEDIA, PA (September, 2020): Soulful Cannabis is excited to announce Pennsylvania Institute of Technology as a sponsor of Soulful Cannabis.  The Pennsylvania Institute of Technology (P.I.T.)… As the global pandemic spread in early spring of 2020, Skip Shuda sat down with Sonia Gomez of the Hemp Revolution Podcast to record this podcast.   Sonia and Skip covered a wide range of topics including starting a Soulful business in the cannabis industry and…  Soulful Cannabis endorses the following check-list for Adult Use cannabis legislation.  These high level principles can be addressed through numerous legislative paths and language.  We offer them as a guide for educating law-makers, activists and policy advocates…. At Soulful Cannabis, we feel the need to speak up at this time of extreme social unrest. Sparked by a series of recent, devastating attacks […]

Caregiving in PA's Medical Marijuana Program – Past and Present

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Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana program was born out of caregiving.  The “Mama Bears”, groups of mothers demanding cannabis options for their seriously ill children, had pressured and shamed legislators into action.  Along with the help of some forward-thinking politicians, Act 16 legalized a medical marijuana program in PA. These mothers were now able to get medicine to ease the suffering of their children.  One of the original Mama Bears, Diana Briggs, started PA Compassionate Caregivers and began helping non-family patients with getting medicine from the dispensary.  People fighting cancer, people at end-of-life and, now, immuno-suppressed individuals, all need help getting their medicine without traveling to a dispensary. Our primary vision is to see the cannabis industry as being the best version of itself.   In that spirit, we are pleased to see dispensary caregiver programs springing up in response to the pandemic at Terra Vida Holistic Centers, Ethos Dispensary (although as of this writing, it appears that Ethos has discontinued the program) and others across PA.  As long as the services are free to the public and don’t have a minimum purchase requirement, […]

The State of Caregiving in PA – A Call to Action

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Like the rest of businesses across America, the cannabis industry has also felt the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic.   For some patients, it is more difficult to make purchases and for others going into a dispensary at this time is simply not an option.   Some seniors, cancer patients and immuno-compromised patients are having difficulty obtaining medicine that helps relieve pain, helps with sleep, soothes their anxiety and calms their tremors. Fortunately, the PA caregivers provision provides a mechanism for doing exactly this.   So, why then, are some dispensaries and growers in the state perhaps slow to embrace this procedure as a means to bring medicine to people in need?  Caregiving for PA patients seems to be mostly an afterthought. That  needs to change, and the change is quite straightforward and easy. It makes good business sense for dispensaries and grower-processors to embrace and and support the caregivers program.   Dispensaries and Grower-Processors should be actively encouraging, recruiting and supporting caregivers in PA.  Its the right thing to do and makes sense for their bottom line. Art Credit: Soulful Cannabis Business Facts […]

Catherine's Story – Cannabis and Gastrointestinal Disease

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(Thank you to Catherine for contributing her story to the Soulful Cannabis blog) For a dozen years I searched for relief from the unbearable pain of gastrointestinal diseases. During my frustrating quest, I took a variety of ineffective pharmaceuticals for my symptoms and was prescribed a dangerously addictive narcotic. But ultimately it was a bushy plant that offered me a real remedy. I found an alternative, natural answer to conventional therapies with medical marijuana (MMJ). I started having gastrointestinal issues in 2006 (at 42 years of age) and the pain was extreme. My healthcare journey included seeing my doctor and her associates, three trips to the ER and many uncomfortable tests. The diagnoses were gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and duodenitis – inflammation of the duodenum. The doctor prescribed omeprazole. It didn’t help. You know what did help? Oxycodone. Oxycodone! It killed the pain and/or made me so stupid and tired that I could ignore or sleep through the pain. But the controversial Oxycodone, which is associated with addiction and drug abuse, is not for digestive diseases. I was experiencing “narcotic […]

Let's Create a Healing Cannabis Industry! 10 Principles

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 Soulful Cannabis endorses the following check-list for Adult Use cannabis legislation.  These high level principles can be addressed through numerous legislative paths and language.  We offer them as a guide for educating law-makers, activists and policy advocates. Affordable and Accessible Permits.   The number of permits for cultivation, manufacturing and retail sales should be large or unlimited.  The permit fee should be low enough that permits are available to any entrepreneur in the state.  Home Grow.   Residents should be able to grow their own.   This is the only way to truly have a program that is intended to benefit the residents of the state first. Clear and Helpful Taxing.  Taxes should be easy to understand.  Tax revenue should be shared with local municipalities and earmarked for the common good of the state.  Social Equity Support.  Include programs that will support disadvantaged communities with access to ownership in the program including business service support, education and discounted fees. Ensure equitable geographic distribution of the businesses.  Expungement and Prisoner Release.  Cannabis-related arrests and convictions should be expunged from the record.  […]