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Affinity Patient Advocacy and Mental Health Awareness!

Hello Everyone!

We wanted to give a shoutout to our friends Affinity Patient Advocacy for launching a new line of candles for Mental Health Awareness! Below you can find their mission statement as well as their website:

Our Mission:

Affinity Patient Advocacy’s mission is simple.  We strive to serve patients in their most important time of need. With that said, Affinity Patient Advocacy will become an invaluable resource to our clients. Patients who have been diagnosed with serious illnesses that require a treatment plan will receive comfort of mind in knowing that they have an advocate who will endeavor to remove the medical complexities and allow their family to focus all of their energies on treatments and recovery.

Learn how to help and support more at http://www.affinitypatientadvocacy.org

Each candle is $30.00 and 100% of proceeds from the sale of each candle goes towards assisting patients with:

•Mindfulness meditation coaching
•Grief coaching
•Kickstarting the medical marijuana card application process
•Helping cannabis patients along their new medical cannabis journey
•Clinical trial recommendations
•Legal cannabis patient advisory
•Receiving preferred pricing for Dr. Endorsed CBD products
•And so much more!

You can also help support the organization by signing up for Amazon Smile using the link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-5500348

If interested, please email info@affinitypatientadvocacy.org

Who is someone you’re grateful for that has made an extraordinary impact in the medical cannabis community?

On November 10, 2021, Affinity Patient Advocacy is hosting the Change Influencers in Medical Cannabis Livestream Event, created to celebrate those making a significantly
positive impact on the medical cannabis community. 

After the passing of Affinity Patient Advocacy’s Founder’s father, Albert J. DiArcangelo Sr., due to cancer, Christina DiArcangelo felt it was only right to congratulate and honor those whose work in the medical cannabis community provides relief, hope, and
healing.

If you’d like to contribute, make a donation, or choose a sponsorship, please email info@affinitypatientadvocacy.org or click here: https://www.affinitypatientadvocacy.org/events

Curaleaf Maine opens their first Adult-Use Location in South Portland.

Ry Russell and WeedBudz Radio help celebrate Curaleaf joining the South Portland, Maine community with a beautiful new Adult-Use retail establishment.

The WeedBudz Radio team was on the road yesterday for a wonderful grand opening celebration for Curaleaf in South Portland. This retail location is the first adult-use store for Curaleaf in the State of Maine. Located right across from the Maine Mall, behind Panera Bread and Dunkin Donuts it is very easy to get to, ample parking, and if you’re hungry there is plenty of food establishments around. The Curaleaf team kicked off the celebration with a $2,500 donation to Black-Owned Maine, whose “goals include rebranding Maine as a warm, inviting home to black entrepreneurs, land and homeowners, tourists, and cultural influencers.” After everyone had time to connect, and enjoy some Holy Donuts (pomegranate is by far the best) we toured the beautiful new showroom, made our purchases, and said our goodbyes, until next time! For more information on this location, address, hours of operation, or questions, visit https://curaleaf.com/dispensary/maine/curaleaf-me-south-portland/info

Ry Russell (Left), host of WeedBudz Radio with Ethan Hogle, Production Manager at Curaleaf in South Portland Maine. Photographed by Benjamin Moore (@activebeergeek)
Ribbon Cutting for Curaleaf Maine in South Portland. Address: 343 Gorham Rd, South Portland, ME 04106
Ethan prepping the shot for Ry and Abby to go live.

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Season 2 of WeedBudz Awards and our WeedBud Maine 420 Recap

Season 3 of WeedBudz Awards Live Now! Nominate Now!

This year on 420 (April 20th, 2021) we celebrated by delivering WeedBudz Awards Season 2 to their amazing recipients in the great state of Maine. We had an absolutely amazing time celebrating the Maine cannabis community and we documented our journey in the video above so you could be a part of the special day as well.

We started our day in Southern Maine at High North where we had the privilege of honoring their budtender Riko, with the WeedBudz Best across America Budztender of the Year! Congratulations Riko for your commitment to excellence and service within the Cannabis community here in Maine and for setting an example to those across the country!

We then ventured up the hill to Grass Monkey and across the street to Highly CannaCo. Our last stop in South Portland, Maine was to crash the Seaweed Companies segment on Channel 8 WMTW to celebrate their live resin cartridge.

We left South Portland and journeyed to Wellness Connection or Portland Maine and then of Gardiner where we awarded Matt with WeedBudz best of Maine budtender. After Matt left to go see a Red Sox game we took our talents to Woolwich where we had one of the most fun stops of the day. Unfortunately, we had just missed Sayra but we were lucky enough to share some laughs and celebrate with Fred (Sayras dad) along with a few other family members. This is such a beautiful family business if you find yourself in Woolwich, Maine, be sure to stop by Farleys Cannabis Farm.

In order to celebrate the best edible and beverage product in Maine, we needed to drive to Lewiston so we could meet Phil and the incredible kitchen team at Small Batch Maine. If you are looking for a delicious and refreshing beverage you absolutely must stop at Small Batch Maine. From Apple Cider to Lemonade their seasonal beverage assortment is out of this world!

Our final stop of the day was at Highly CannaCo where we got to celebrate one of the very best brands in Maine with our friend Jennifer. Jennifer also accepted the awards on behalf of Derek who is a cultivation mastermind for Highly CannaCo and produces some amazing products!

After an early morning and long fun day driving across the state, Ethan and I finally made it back to his home in Millinocket to unwind and enjoy the day, ourselves. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to be a part of a day like this and to celebrate those individuals that do amazing work in order to best serve their community and showcase the very best this industry has to offer.

At last, I want to thank you all personally for the opportunity to be a part of your community and for allowing me to use this platform in order to best document the history this industry is making each and every single day. Sincerely, Ry Russell

WeedBudz Awards Season 3 is now open and accepting nomination! Click Here Now!

WeedBudz Radio Crashes WMTW on 04/20

Check it out!! Ry and the WeedBudz team crashes Channel 8 WMTW’s 420 segment! It makes sense that Seaweed Co killed it on 4/20, they have amazing offers, amazing staff, and an amazing brand! The store recently won our WeedBudz 2020 Awards for best cannabis product, and we encourage you to go and see why for yourself!

Be sure to stop in and say high to your local budtenders over at Seaweed Co. in South Portland!

Curaleaf South Portland GRAND OPENING!

Save the Date! Friday April 30th, starting at 10am-8pm Curaleaf is opening a new ADULT-USE store in South Portland! Stop in for top of the line flower, edibles, concentrates and more all provided by their amazing budtenders. On top of all that they are also doing a special: The first 100 customers to stop in get a prize!

Our host Ry will be there so stop in and meet your local team and support your cannabis community!

See you there!

Vz-Tec is Changing the Game!

We would like to give a big shoutout to our good friend and Knot Plastic advisor, Cory VanderZwaag and Vz-Tec, changing the game when it comes to agriculture, cannabis, and industrial hemp industry! For those that do knot know, Vz-Tec has made cultivating hemp a breeze with their Easy Bucker, and have helped many farmers and cultivators, keep killing the game Cory and VZ!

Rob Wirtz is at it again!

It is that time to shine a spotlight on one of the hardest working individuals in the industry, Rob Wirtz! Rebranding from Python to Mach Technologies, he is up to big things. If you have not yet caught our episode with Rob find it on our WeedBudz Radio Player, and stay tuned for yet another amazing episode with Rob in the future.

If you are in the Norco area stop by Booth 214 to see and learn more about Mach Technologies as a whole!

Slightly Stoopid Hammerhead Pre-Rolls

“The Stoopidhead Hammerhead starts with the finest OG flower infused with Premium THC Diamonds, coated in high potency cannabis oil, and seasoned with an outside layer ofkief to bring you a smoke that’s truly fire!

Seabright Farms has over 30 years of combined cannabis knowledge and experience. They pride themselves on developing quality products consistently. They bring the FIRE in everything they do by listening and understand the TRUE complexities of Cannabis Culture. This is demonstrated by their alliance with the number one cannabis testing lab in the country Belcosta Labs.

Belcosta Labs was built with an understanding of over 50 collective years of Cannabis Growing, Extracting, and Scientific Knowledge. Based in Long Beach, Belcosta is a groundbreaking lab – with fast turnaround times, consistent/true science, competitive pricing, and a deeply-rooted understanding of Cannabis. Nate Winokur is a seasoned veteran in Cannabis testing and Vice President of Belcosta Labs. As product development advisor for Hammerhead, Nate was able to take the official “Stoopidhead“ Hammerhead Infused Preroll to new levels of potency and consistency.

2% of Proceeds will be donated to the Last Prisoners Project.”

Maryland’s 2021 Cannabis Legalization Conference

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Luke Jones, Director
Maryland NORML202.285.3199 Luke.MDNORML@gmail.com www.marylandnorml.org

Maryland’s 2021 Cannabis Legalization Conference Draws National Attention

Conference to address cannabis policy reform priorities for the 2021 General Assembly.  

ANNAPOLIS, MD 02/01/2021 – The Maryland state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (Maryland NORML) is hosting the second annual state-wide conference for advocates, legislators, regulators, industry professionals, and cannabis consumers to discuss marijuana law reform priorities. This year’s conference is free, virtual, and appealing to a national audience interested in understanding more about Maryland’s plans for a legal, regulated adult use cannabis market.

“The marijuana prohibition policy is overtly racist, and fifty-seven percent of drug related arrests in Maryland are for marijuana; there can be no police or racial justice reform without full marijuana legalization. The harmful legacy of this racist policy is too costly to extend into another year of disproportionate police discretion.”

– Luke Jones, Director Maryland NORML

According to Maryland’s 2019 Uniform Crime Report, our police record more than fifteen-thousand marijuana possession arrests and nearly two-thousand arrests for marijuana sale or distribution each year – almost two marijuana arrests every hour, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – even though possession of less than 10 grams of the popular plant was decriminalized in 2014.

“Arresting people for marijuana possession serves no public interest and imposes significant burdens on Maryland families, their communities, and state resources,” said Maryland NORML Director Luke Jones, the conference organizer. “As Maryland moves closer to launching a legal commercial market for adults who choose to use cannabis responsibly, the practice of arresting people for marijuana possession makes no sense – especially while lawmakers are trying to find ways to automatically expunge most of these arrest records.”

“Considering the racist origin, intent, and effect of our prohibition era laws, the time to legalize marijuana use and possession by adults is long overdue.” – Luke Jones, Director, Maryland NORML

The Maryland Cannabis Policy Conference is free, online, and features an impressive lineup of speakers, including Delegate Jazz Lewis (D, Prince George’s County) and Senator Brian Feldman (D, Montgomery County) who are leading Maryland’s cannabis policy reform efforts in Annapolis. According to NORML, the legislation introduced by Del. Lewis would establish the most social equity conscious cannabis program in the country. “I would like to acknowledge both Sen. Brian Feldman and Del. Jazz Lewis for leading efforts in the state legislature to adopt a responsible version of Marijuana legalization. I have reviewed the draft language for this proposal they are pushing and want to especially note the strong social equity provisions to ensure that those communities and individuals that were most impacted by marijuana prohibition will be assured an opportunity to participate in the legal market. I expect your social equity provisions may prove to be a model other states will wish to mimic.” – Keith Stroup, NORML founder and legal council

Organizers designed the Maryland Cannabis Policy Conference to help attendees prepare to be effective policy reform advocates during this year’s cannabis legalization lobby campaign, which takes place virtually on February 9, 10, and 11. As of publication, more than 150 voters from 40 of Maryland’s 47 senate districts are pre-registered to lobby their elected representatives to end marijuana prohibition in Maryland during the current legislative session.

Judy Pentz founded Maryland NORML in 2014 and achieved the coveted “chapter of the year” award from the national organization one year later. “Elected officials work for us, and the people are ready to see this policy change. Meeting our representatives on zoom this year can make a real difference – people need to make their voices heard in the Annapolis.” – Judy Pentz, former Director, Maryland NORML

In addition to Sen. Feldman and Del. Lewis, other speakers include some of the most impactful voices for marijuana policy reform in Maryland: Sen. President Bill Ferguson (D, Baltimore City), chair of the General Assembly’s powerful Finance Committee and Marijuana Legalization Work Group; Sen. Will Smith (D, Montgomery County), chair of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee; Rajani Gudlavalleti, Director of Mobilization, Baltimore Harm Reduction Coalition; Martin Mitchell, President, Prince George’s County Young Democrats; and Eric E. Sterling, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation (retired).

The quality of Maryland’s proposal to end marijuana prohibition, legalize responsible cannabis commerce, and target cannabis tax revenue investments to communities most impacted by prohibition has gained national attention. In addition to NORML founder Keith Stroup, Maryland’s 2021 Cannabis Policy Conference features Steven Hawkins, Executive Director, Marijuana Policy Project, Adam Eidinger, Social Action Director, Dr. Bronner’s, and Steve DeAngelo, an international cannabis reform leader.

The full Maryland Cannabis Legalization Conference 2021 agenda is available on the Eventbrite conference registration page.

Marijuana is legal for adults to buy and use in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington. Marijuana is also decriminalized in the District of Columbia, but Congress has prevented the District from establishing a legal commercial market.