Author: Richard

  • The Mighty Plus, by Storz und Bickel | Review

    Before I start this review, I’d like to thank the generous people at Storz und Bickel for providing me with a free vapouriser for the purpose of this review. The Mighty+ (their flagship handheld device) can be purchased at this link: https://bit.ly/3EsVuVA  The vapouriser arrived with about two bars of battery charge and it takes […]

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  • Lynette Shaw – a biography

    Lynnette Shaw is considered by many in the United States to be a living legend – although, chances are, you may not be familiar with her. One nickname she is known affectionately by is “The Godmother of Ganja”. Her Twitter bio provides an impressive summary of accomplishments: “Invented the licenced medical marijuana dispensary system, 1997. […]

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  • Brendan and Ryan of Crainn

    Crainn (the Irish word for ‘trees’) are a cannabis advocacy group who boast Ireland’s largest online cannabis community, with over 30,000 members on their Reddit page alone. They started life there, but have since expanded their presence to Twitter and other social media outlets. Recently, on April 20th (‘420’) they organised a team of volunteers […]

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  • Eoin Long of The Cannabis Review

    In The Cannabis Review, Eoin Long talks with leading figures in commercial cannabis. The show has a stated aim of educating viewers while clarifying ‘some of the sectors and topics of interest in the global cannabis industry’. The YouTube channel launched in February of 2021, where he has interviewed the likes of Dr. Peter Grinspoon, […]

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  • My Introduction to Cannabis

    Richard reminisces on his year in San Francisco, where he embraced cannabis use as part of the cultural experience and realised what he had been missing out on for years. [All photos below were taken by the author] In my teens, I bought into the ‘cannabis as a gateway drug‘ myth. I was hesitant when […]

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  • The Green Party, Social Democrats & Drugs

    The Green Party‘s manifesto, Towards 2030: A Decade of Change, opens its page on drug policy with a promising summary of affairs: ‘The criminalisation of drug consumption is a counter-productive policy that perpetuates business models of organised crime and fails to address the public health impact of drugs. A more compassionate policy based on international […]

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  • Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil & Drugs

    The opening line of the drug policy section in Fine Gael‘s GE20 Manifesto proudly ends with an emphasis on more of the same: ‘continuing the relentless pursuit of drug dealers.‘ This is a clear sign that they just don’t get it. How does Fine Gael not know by now that the 50-year-old global war on […]

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  • Sinn Féin, People Before Profit & Drugs

    According to the Party’s 2020 Manifesto, Sinn Féin believe that drug ‘and alcohol’ misuse (can we please start including alcohol under the umbrella of ‘drugs’?) are primarily public health issues. Harm reduction is stated to be a guiding principle for future ‘drug and alcohol’ strategies for Sinn Féin, but then so is ‘prevention’, which suggests […]

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  • Allison of Her Highness | 09.09.21

    Allison Krongard runs Her Highness with her friend and business partner Laura Eisman in New York, where they sell a lifestyle collection of ‘THC and CBD products designed to increase joy in women’s lives & remove the stigma of cannabis use’. They sell stylish high end products across three channels, to accommodate different regions with […]

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  • Weed of Wonder | Review

    Weed of Wonder is a stylish coffee table book released earlier this year by The Hash, Marijuana & Hemp Museum of Amsterdam and Barcelona. It was mostly written by Jules Marshall (Ken Tarant wrote chapter 13), with photography by Floris Leeuwenberg and input from Ben Dronkers, the museum founder, and Gerbrand Korevaar, the museum curator, […]

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