Merging the Medical Use Market with the Recreational Market

herbal_cannabisOne of the current challenges facing both Colorado and Washington is how to successfully implement a full legalization system along side an existing medical use system. In Colorado, for example, the state elected to permit their existing, licensed medical use dispensaries to be the only dispensaries permitted for the first year (although they were required to keep the two sides of their business separate), to take advantage of the existing infrastructure for growing and dispensing marijuana. Thereafter those without prior experience in the medical marijuana marketplace were allowed to apply for licenses to grow and sell recreational marijuana.


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  1. There is no doubt that cannabis has real medical properties. Even those who use it recreationally are using it medically to some extent. After all, for me, although I don’t have seizures or glaucoma, I find it to be an incredible stress reliever. Stress has been found to have a very negative effect on one’s health and if it helps that then most usage could be considered medical. It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. Well, under the influence of cannabis, I often find many reasons to laugh; sometimes at myself 🙂

    In my specific case, in addition to relieving my stress, I also believe it will help to prevent cancer and even mental decline as I age.

    I think there should not be medical and recreational categories. Just legalize it for all adults and let us use it in whatever way it helps.

  2. Perhaps make both tax rates equal and fair compared to alcohol?

    The CO and WA recreational tax rates are excessively high, and as long as it remains that way, the black market will flourish because it can offer a lower pricepoint with little risk of arrest.

  3. Just let people with a reasonable medical license to purchase subsidized marijuana using recreational revenue and to grow marijuana on their own, tax free.

    Then, Tax recreational marijuana with revenue for public education with limited rights to grow at home.

    Then, provide subsidies in the Farm Bill for hemp, while at the same time Tax industrial hemp with revenue for the same small farmers that produce it, also with revenue going to public education.

    Finally, create an international rule of genetically engineered trade that disallows genetically altered seeds in certain farm zones…

    The only “Prohibition” I can imagine useful in this day and age is to “prohibit”… Genetically Engineered crops of ANY kind to filter into our sustainable pollinated crops. That means Open Source, heirloom seeds, that represent EVERY American farmers’ right to grow cannabis, and yet regulates genetically engineered and PATENTED seeds to areas where they cannot affect the sustainability of native crops.


    The END of Prohibition.

  4. Medical and recreational must not be allowe to merge here in Washington state! Medical has existed for over a decade and thousands of people rely on it to live with less pain day in and out of their lives. This merging is nothing more than an attempt for the state to monopolize legal cannabis.

    Medical allows for home growing and designated providers and care givers as well as collectives which also can but don’t have to have storefronts that most people know of as “dispensaries”. I for example grow for my own pain and my parents. If this merge happens we’ll all of a sudden be doing something illegal that for years has been legal. We’ll suddenly have to pay around 20-30$ per gram of medicine compare to growing it ourselves for pennies per gram. I have friends who grow for their grandparents and know of people who grow specifically for cancer patients. None of this will be possible if this force merge happens.

    Instead all of these people get lumped together and forced to pay ridiculous amounts compared to what we have been growing for ourselves or getting for at an affordable price. It’s all about the money. And i502 already empowers the black market here. Street weed is readily available at $10/gram. Why would anyone want to buy from a recreational store unless they’re a tourist? And even then..

    There’s just no reason to merge the two systems. If there are medical collectives operating outside their limits an the law then let the police handle it. Let them do some police work and bust them. This is screwing over the many in order to stop the few. It’s overly excessive unneeded and this claim of collectives operating illegally is obviously a thin guise to hide the obvious attempt of the state to monopolize all cannabis sales in the state.

  5. I completely agree with Miles. One thing missing from all legislation and proposed legislation is an acknowledgement that marijuana is non-toxic and dramatically less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. Any regulation should flow from that premise.

  6. Comparing non-toxic Cannabis with deadly/Toxic Tobacco and deadly/Toxic Alcohol is absolutely foolish.

    The future is laughing in our ignorant faces?

    Cannabis is a wonderfully beneficial herb and provably non-toxic…ergo…Cannabis does not and can not cause intoxication.

  7. I agree with Miles and that is why there should be no “sin tax” on marijuana. Tax Marijuana Businesses, yeah. Pay the normal sale tax, yeah. But no freaking “sin taxes”!!! Those are for dangerous activities, like smoking tobacco.

  8. However they merge the two markets, you should still be allowed to grow your own. Viable seeds should be legal to buy and sell. If you grow for medical reasons you should not be forced to buy from the state monopoly and pay their taxes. In Pennsylvania the plan is that medical marijuana will not be taxed but personal cultivation will not be allowed, total bullshit I know about the not being allowed to grow your own, but so far no type of cannabis legislation has been going anywhere because of too many prohibitionists and pussy politicians in the state legislature, too damn lazy to educate the dumb-ass constituents who are prohibitionists.

  9. @TheOracle – I absolutely agree that we should be able to grow our own. I don’t much care if a few big businesses get rich from cannabis as long as I could grow my own!

    I want to be able to see what the plants look like when they’re growing. I want to choose the soil and nutrients. I want to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that it has not been contaminated by pesticides or any other nasties. I want to be able to choose when to harvest and how long to cure.

    Most people won’t want to go to the trouble; after all, how many tobacco smokers grow their own tobacco? I’d guess less than 1%.

  10. Chadwick says:
    January 5, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Yes both tax rates equal.

    No more regulated than tomatoes. No more taxed than tomatoes.


    And if we can’t have that – no tax on medicine.

    Taxes are a license to kill. Ask Eric Garner. Well you can’t. He is dead. On suspicion of unpaid taxes.

  11. The only “Prohibition” I can imagine useful in this day and age is to “prohibit”… Genetically Engineered crops of ANY kind –

    ALL crops are genetically engineered. Some haphazardly by random mutation or even radiation. Others by careful changing of the DNA. Careful changing of the DNA gets a LOT more scrutiny.

    For rapid proliferation of medical varieties DNA adjustment is probably the best way.

  12. A couple of years ago I was hanging out at a friends place with a couple of the guys. I took out a new pack of cigarettes and opened them. “There you go” I announced. “All ready for you in a nice sealed pack rolled up with a filter on them for you, how would you feel if you had to grow, cure, and roll your own tobacco if you wanted a smoke.” One guy said “I’d quit”! Although I understand the reasons for regulation, did I say taxation? ISN’T THAT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT WANTS!!!

  13. @MSimon
    “All crops are genetically engineered.”

    I respectfully disagree. We need to focus on sustainability and crop diversity… But we need to invest in education, agricultural and otherwise, first to understand crop definitions.
    Most yellow corn in the U.S., soy and wheat is genetically engineered. If it isn’t, better hope your crop doesn’t cross-pollinate with your neighbor’s corn or your seeds may belong to Monsantos.
    “GMO” is a fabricated, poor choice of acronym for “Genetically engineered” crops. “Genetically modified” can include basic, ancient farming tactics such as hybridization. In that case cannabis us the most Genetically Modified crop in all human existence.
    Genetic engineering is not limited to hybridization or geographic isolation. Were talking about manipulating the genome with patentable technology for artificial resistance to patented herbicides (round up) by the same companies that patent terminator seeds (Monsantos).
    The purpose is patenting isolated molecules so farmers cant store or own their own harvested heirloom seeds and become addicted to water depleting herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, also with patentable petrochemical elements.
    Good news is because cannabis has been modified by human beings since… Well… As long as we coevolved with cannabis as human beings… The medical, industrial and recreational (arguably still medicinal) varieties and strains are rendered more or less useless by genetic engineering. As our movement is demonstrating with patent 6630507, We cant patent cannabis in an open market; only destroy it. Patent 6630507 for cannabinoids as neuroprotectants owned by the D.H.H.S. Needs to get with the program and be made open source.
    The failure of sustainability in genetic engineering is demonstrated by the failure of yellow corn in the U.S. To sustain ethanol and healthy food supplies, especially during drought. I just returned from Mexico where yellow corn is almost banned entirely. Its so full of oil and hard to digest to fatten cattle and make ethanol Mexicans prefer white corn varieties still untainted by Monsantos. In this way, due to labeling laws and restrictions to genetically engineered crops, Mexico may become our greatest ally in producing non-genetically engineered cannabis on an industrial scale for fuel and feed.

  14. Oh yeah, did anyone notice how the too high taxes on marijuana are *preventing* the people from taking part in the legal recreational market??? I support laws that are ordered and do not promote disorder.

    Law and Disorder? That is what we already have and it sucks.

  15. Then again, after a 45 year drug eradication program by the DEA failed to do just that… Eradicate it… A program that mostly targeted feral hemp spawned from the WWII Hemp for Victory campaign… And after marinol failed miserably against unpatented herbal strain varieties… We can safely assume that cannabis has already defeated some of the greatest corporate efforts to genetically prohibit its free growth through genetic engineering or patent 6630507.

  16. “Genetically modified can include basic, ancient farming tactics such as hybridization. In that case cannabis us the most Genetically Modified crop in all human existence.
    Genetic engineering is not limited to hybridization or geographic isolation.“ No, that is selection not genetic modification!!! Talk about misrepresenting… Those genes in hybrids are totally natural. Taking animal genes and inserting them into plant genomes is nothing like hybridization and selection. This fabricating an organism, not breeding it. Or inserting completely lab made genetics into genomes is even further away from natural.

  17. Prohibition benefits the black market far more than it benefits the incarceration industrial complex, big pharma, and the healthcare industry. All complicit in the death of millions throughout the war on drugs.

  18. @Dave,
    Careful; There is profit from confusion; Confusion feeds fear; Fear feeds hatred; Hatred feeds misdirected prohibition.
    A quick google of the definitions:

    Genetic modification; “Is the use of modern biotechnology techniques to change the genes of an organism, such as plant or animal.”

    Genetic Engineering: “Is the process of manually adding new DNA to an organism. The goal is to add one or more new traits that are not already found in that organism.”

    Don’t be confused by “modern biotechnology techniques.” Changing the genes of an organism is the natural process of life; sunlight; the very moment a sperm turns an egg into a zygote; or even when we cross two fertile species to create infertile offspring, whether its a horse and donkey creating a mule or any variety of male and female cannabis plant producing a hybrid; that is all defined as “genetic modification.” Any marijuana or hemp grower can tell you they do this form of “genetic modification” all the time. If “modification” means “changing genes” its mother nature’s kitchen; end of story. The allusion of GMO crops endangering our health then becomes an innocuous legal abstraction designed to confuse the consumer, in as much as “organic” vegetables mean the same as what our grandparents called “vegetables.”

    Genetic “engineering” on the other hand? Look what the definition is saying: “manually adding new DNA to an organism.” For some of us these words are the fantasy of Jurassic Park talking about using tools to add amphibious DNA to dinosaur DNA to recreate dinosaurs. But for most of the world the reality is far too real; Yellow corn turned into an oily monster of diabetes; its no wonder bugs won’t eat genetically modified corn; If it wasn’t so hidden into our diet in the form of corn syrup and starches we wouldn’t eat it either!
    What I was getting at earlier is that the wonderful crop diversity of cannabis thanks to genetic modification by more than 1 million years of human selection and cultivation has defied modern attempts to patent a single benefit of cannabis, largely because it is the combination of naturally selected molecules in cannabis that give cannabis its utility and medical efficacy. Hence; we can’t patent it; only consume or destroy it.
    Cannabis, in all it’s neurological and chemical complexity, has more closely achieved a chemical engineering of the human soul than we ever can achieve of it. And for that, we owe the plant fair trade and regulation promoting agricultural diversity; not a monoculture of patented prohibition that does not create but only destroys the very fabric of human coexistence with God and nature.

  19. And look! I made my own mistake!
    “It ‘s no wonder bugs won’t eat genetically modified corn…”
    I meant to say,
    “It’s no wonder bugs won’t eat genetically engineered corn!”

    But I’m glad I made the mistake; Because now I have the opportunity to illustrate how weak our vocabulary is in this new agricultural revolution. If we can’t tell the difference between “genetically modified” and “genetically engineered” cannabis than we have lost the battle against prohibition before it has begun. And I’m not suggesting we fight prohibition with prohibition; perhaps there is a place for SOME genetically engineered crops in SOME situations. But whole scale patenting of a monoculture of some marinol variety of cannabis is not what the doctor ordered.
    Legalization is about balance and regulation using natural diversification. The varieties, the zoning, the taxes will always be fluid, dynamic and changing. What will not change is our right to grow; our right to change on our own; our right to be happy, speak our minds and be free. For these sacred rights must always be open to perspective… And genetic modification…

  20. Julian says:
    January 9, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Sustainability? What does that mean? We can do it for 10 years? For 10 thousand? For 10 billion?

    Nothing is sustainable. And everything is.

    Are we running out of various metals? In 100 years we will be mining asteroids.

    We have no idea what the technology of 100 years from now will be like. And 1,000 years hence will seem like magic.

    There is no point in worrying about sustainability. What we need to worry about is cost. When a material costs too much substitutes will be found. Or we will go looking for it in places we haven’t looked before.


    Genes are GATC. And what you fear has so far not come to pass. I have no problem with your “organic” interest. But anything that can be done by plant breeding can be done by manipulating GATC. Faster and cheaper.

    There was a time when people feared AC electricity. It was unnatural. DC was natural. Fear of GATC is of he same order.

    Lack of vitamin A rice – genetically engineered – has killed and blinded 10s of millions. Fear will do that to you. Make you complicit in mass murder. I’d rather avoid that.


    People are ruled by fear. I do not wish to be ruled. I’m willing to take my chances in order to be a free man.

    What are the risks? What are the costs? Is how I make decisions. And real risks. Not hypotheticals.

    If imaginary risks were of great importance cannabis consumption would have stopped decades ago. There are more than enough imaginary risks to have done that.

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  22. @MSimon;
    I suggest you read up on what has happened to small farmers over the last few decades… And the sustainability of modern crops… To answer all the “risks” you question or the meaning of “sustainability.”

    “What are the risks” of genetically engineered crops you ask? Artificial dependence on pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides that genetically engineered foods and crops are genetically programmed to require. These petrochemical dependencies have patents that push small farmers out of business, and create an artificially sustained food supply that scientists from DuPont and Monsatos have to constantly change in order to keep up with increasing droughts, wheat rusts and disease, all the while creating diseases by making genetically engineered organisms (GEO’s) even harder to digest in our intestines and harder to metabolize in our livers, resulting in diabetes, obesity, pollups, cysts, fibroids leading to anemia leading to high blood pressure leading to strokes and cancer.

    Naturally modified Cannabis doesn’t have any of these problems. Providing we are allowed to grow our own cannabis gardens, we can maintain the agricultural diversity of cannabis plants, and maintain our unpatentable right to store our own heirloom seeds. FYI, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monsantos several years ago to own the patented seeds that farmers store, even if their plants pollenated and genetically changed the seeds the farmer purchased from somewhere else. Labeling of genetically engineered crops failed to pass the Farm Bill last year, which means we in the cannibis growing and consuming communities have to set our own standards so that people know what is in their food and medicine. NORML has been leading the way in setting that standard.

    Ultimately, zoning regulations are required to balance our farmlands between food resources, industrial, residential and commercial use of cannabis. A hemp grower marketing for building materials doesn’t want their crop anywhere near a greenhouse full of medicinal marijuana, or vice versa. Even at the basic level of hybridization we need to respect our neighbor’s growing operations. All I am suggesting is that genetically engineered crops remain even more contained, so that their mutations cannot cause damage to their neighbors’ crops through cross pollenation and patenting.

    THAT is sustainability. Unless you would prefer to starve like farners in Africa where yellow corn is the only crop made available during a drought; or poison yourself like farmers in India where crops are genetically engineered to depend on ever increasingly expensive pesticides that cost more than the crop is worth. Next time you go to the grocery store and you see the price coming down on roasted hemp seeds, and you see the price going up on your frosted flakes that seem like they’re filled with more and more air than food, why dont you try reading up and doing some research on the nutrients, preservatives and additives youre placing in your body? When your intestines get blocked up with divirticulitis, your liver gets overloaded with chemicals and you’re asking your doctor why they have to cut you open, then ask yourself what sustainability really means.

  23. Julian, sexual recombination of genes (making hybrids and breeding them, what cannabis growers do) is not genetic modification, so please stop trying to convince us of it. An example of genetic modification is treating the gametes of a species with Colchicine to double the number of chromosomes, doubling the robustness. Also, genetic engineering is a more specific type of genetic modification.

  24. I have to say I have reservations about merging the medical and recreational markets. First and foremost, the medical market has different needs than the recreational market. This became apparent with edibles, when edibles designed for high-dosage patients ended up in the hands of clueless recreational users. But there are a lot of other examples of products that medical patients need but that are not of interest to the recreational crowd, such as high-CBD strains, topicals, inactive preparations (juiced plants and cold-processed oils). I would not want to see these patients needs go unmet in a race to win market share in the recreational market.

    Another reservation I have involves the aggressive taxation imposed upon recreational users. While I am generally against these taxes in principle and believe that they are in many ways counterproductive, if applied to the medical market they can be downright deadly. As noted above, many patients requires amounts far in excess of what recreational consumers will use and the financial burden could force patients to forgo their medications. I am sure that none of NORML’s readers will want to see that outcome, especially given everything that NORML supporters have done and continue to do to ensure that patients have the option to use cannabis.

    Additionally, I would want to be assured that patients, many of whom have compromised immune systems, will not have to use “recreational quality” cannabis that may not meet pharmaceutical quality standards. I realize that not all states enforce a quality standard on medical cannabis but do not believe that is reason enough to “dumb down” those that do.

    As far as acknowledging that “that what we are really about is the legalization of the responsible use of marijuana”, which the author suggests in the full piece on, I am on board only so long as we don’t abandon the patients whom we’ve been claiming to support all this time. These are real people, and many of them are seriously in need of their medicine, and to abandon them at this juncture makes everything we’ve been fighting for pointless. We need to be better than that.

  25. @Dave,
    The meaning of genetic modification is being deliberately stretched in legal terms to create the confusion we’re having right now. If we are going to properly coexist with farms growing medicinal, recreational (commercial) industrial and residential (personal use) then adequate regulation for specific zoning restrictions and legal definitions are required. If we’re going to get specific, and if you want to cut through the all the bullshit and find out whats really good for ourselves and our neighbors, we need to ask if patenting cannabis is not the root if the problem, or whether all cannabis use, herbal or otherwise, should be made open source. If we’re not going to be allowed to label the ingredients or the DNA of the food we eat, we can at least be allowed the God given right to grow our own providing we are not negligently cross contaminating our neighbors crops. Then you can defined modification however you like.

  26. @Dusty Relic,
    I agree with everything you say. I should point out that while I advocate growing rights, growing medicinally specific marijuana is hard scientific and agricultural work. We can subsidize this work with revenue made from recreational, commercial and industrially taxed cannabis, with a surplus for much needed education.

  27. “Genes are GATC. And what you fear has so far not come to pass. I have no problem with your “organic” interest. But anything that can be done by plant breeding can be done by manipulating GATC. Faster and cheaper.”

    Dude, you’re so brainwashed, it will take decades for you to come back to reality. The current versions of genetic engineered crops are literally retarded. They have limited their own products to the point of stupidity. And there is no evidence what-so-ever that genetically engineered food is better or healthier or cheaper. In fact, none of that has come to past. These crops do represent serious threats to our natural systems, which if “engineered” correctly would not be a threat. So we are indeed getting “engineered” genetics that have at best a suspect profile.

    Maybe in fifty years, they will figure out how to do it. Right now, it is literally stupid tech.

  28. But we should “expect it to be better”. This really is an example of putting the horse before the cart. Dyslexic.

  29. In a one dimensional world, directly manipulating DNA would be/should be more effecient. However, species are much more fine tuned for effeciency than are horticultural hybrids. Species control themselves better and don’t over produce.

    Believing we can keep destroying the earth and at some point technology will come along to fix all the problem we’ve made along the to that shining point in the future is delusional. Right now, as technology increases so does damage to the earth. Basically, we’re killing the earth (and poisoning each other) to make money makers happy.

  30. @ Dave

    I believe in one place where we strongly agree is that growing non genetically engineered hemp and marijuana is an enormous part of the solution to some of the ecological damage genetically engineered organisms have caused and continue to cause. The murky legal definitions of “modification” seem like a distraction when we consider the challenges of cannabis education, patenting and agricultural research.
    In many respects, whether medicinal, industrial or residential, the agricultural revolution we know as cannabis legalization and the end of prohibition itself feels like reinventing the wheel. Ford, Diesel and our small-farming great grandparents had it all figured out. More than a century ago, the profiteers of Timber and Petrochemical patents disguised by racism took our freedom away. We’re just waking up and taking our country back.

  31. Until the moment our right to grow cannabis is legally recognized, Prohibition remains in effect.

    Don’t fall for the hype/schemes of potential pot profiteers!

  32. One of the tools the control freaks use in propaganda is to take certains words and use them as weapons by tweeking the defination. Marijuana was just something Mexicans smoked when they partied or relaxed after work. Control Freak Crackers literally couldn’t stand the Mexicans being able to enjoy themselves and thus we got the first illegal version of the Drug without the DEA, but Marijuana Stamps requiring people to self incriminate (illegal)–Literally nothing more than a “We gotcha scam” of government policy mirroring typical gangster style thinking. But it was tolerated because the targets of the idiot policy tended to be Mexicans and blacks, so everything was alright. Crackers could once again take pride in pushing brown people down. Why, making marijuana illegal was the best thing the Klan Never Thought Of, but one it fully supports.

    Then it was thrown out, found to be illegal (no kidding, really?). But Nixon, the Troll King, cried long and hard. He explained, it is such a useful tool for crackers, with this we can arrest innocent people! We can’t let it go waste!” And he cast a spell bringing Prohibition back to life. Now we have police that are so happy to arrest people for marijuana that they couldn’t be bothered to follow the law in NYC for 36 freaking years. Causing people damage for no reason other than their own pride. Their motto was and still is, “We’re crackers, deal with it.” And they don’t understand why people are mad at them.

    Really, it is time we take the crackers tools away from them.

  33. And no, I don’t mean “white people” by the word cracker, in American anyone can abuse people they have authority over. Especially if the system structurally supports such abuse, they can get away with it for decades.

  34. “NORML believes that the time has come to amend criminal prohibition and replace it with a system of legalization, taxation, regulation, and education.”

    I believer in legalization, period. The rest is put in there to please the prohibitionists who would tax and regulate the air we breathe. They’re the ones that need education.

  35. It’s all going South here in Illinois…What does the Illinois boy Keith Stroup have to say about his home States’ medical marijuana fiasco?…It’s not that “great” here, Keith!

    It was a bad law to begin with…literally.

    Does Keith Stroup support home grow in Illinois?

  36. @MSimon

    “In 100 years we will be mining asteroids.”

    We’ll need science and its spawn, engineering, to accomplish this. The GOP can ill afford to remain the anti-science party. Our seven billion strong assault on the biosystem is taking its toll. There is no international conspiracy of scientists. Climate change is the consensus of over 95% of the scientists working in the field. Climate change is the informed opinion of those actively studying the phenomenon.

    I have no say with the deniers within the GOP.

    Do you?

  37. Marijuana should be labeled a “super food”; not be taxed and regulated unless it is sold as a product. We should be able to buy fresh leaves at the grocery store to mix in salads and smoothies like spinach.

    The fact that they want to regulate home growth after tests prove it to be harmless lets us know its about control not safety.

    [Editor’s note: Cannabis is not a ‘super food’ or a ‘nutraceutical’, it is an herbal drug that causes psychotropic effects. Therefore, there are undeniable public safety considerations not associated with so-called super foods.

    It is very unlikely that in any state cannabis is going to go from being prohibited by law to an untaxed and unregulated drug. Like with Alcohol Prohibition previously, states and cities over regulate what once was contraband, in time settling into less regulated, more consumer-friendly regulations.

    Also, like with low potency alcohol products such as beer and wine today, adult consumers will increasingly be able to cultivate non-commercial amounts of cannabis for personal use.

    Those highly desired consumer-friendly changes will not happen without…consumer advocacy as both government and producers will naturally oppose home cultivation in fear of losing taxes and market share respectively.

    This stands to reason why a cannabis consumer advocacy group like NORML is so very important post-pot prohibition, because some entity will always need to be engaged politically with trying to advance consumers’ wants and needs versus that of governments’ and industries’.]

  38. “Cannabis is not a ‘super food’ or a ‘nutraceutical’, it is an herbal drug that causes psychotropic effects. Therefore, there are undeniable public safety considerations not associated with so-called super foods.”

    Actually, it is both. Cannabis is a source of powerful nutraceuticals and the “drug” psychotropic marijuana.

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