California Cannabis Tax Revenue Isn’t Going To Youth Programs—Yet

According to new reports coming out of California, a key aspect of the state’s original marijuana legalization bill is not being met. Specifically, youth programs are so far not receiving the funding that the original legislation promised they would.

As concern grows over why this is happening, experts have identified a few trends that could be creating this scenario. And on an optimistic note, many in the state expect to see things start improving.

Why Youth Programs Aren’t Receiving Funding

In November 2016, California voters approved Proposition 64. The bill made recreational weed legal in the state. And as is typically the case with legalization bills, one of the primary concerns of the proposition was figuring out how the state would use tax revenues.

Among several uses, the state promised to use a portion of cannabis taxes to fund youth programs. Specifically, youth programs aimed at substance abuse education.

After Prop. 64 passed in 2016, the retail sale of recreational cannabis officially launched Jan. 1, 2018. Now, a full year after that date, the state has failed to fund youth educational programs.

According to the AP, experts say there are two primary reasons for this lack of funding. First, the state’s structure for spending cannabis tax money places these youth programs at a lower priority than other initiatives.

As outlined in California’s legal framework, there is a multi-tiered system for prioritizing who gets tax revenue first. Under this system, the top tier of funding goes to startup costs and operational costs associated with state regulatory functions.

Below that, things like university research and funding for California Highway Patrol is on the second tier. That leaves youth educational programs for the third tier of spending.

It’s possible that there might not be any problems with this system. But experts say it’s problematic because the state has not brought in as much cannabis tax revenue as originally predicted.

As a result, there simply hasn’t been enough money in the coffers to make it to the third tier of spending. And that means that youth programs have so far gone unfunded.

Fixing the Problem

For advocates of these youth substance abuse education programs, the news isn’t all bad. In fact, many experts think that things could turn around soon.

California’s fiscal year ends in June. And current trends in the state’s cannabis market indicate that there could be enough revenue by then to fully fund youth educational programs.

If the state hits that milestone in June, things could be on track to get even better next fiscal year. According to experts reporting to the AP, California’s upcoming fiscal year could realistically increase funding for these programs by as much as $160 million.

State officials are also working to address other lingering problems that could negatively affect how California spends marijuana tax money.

Currently, there is a lot of confusion in the language used to outline tax spending rules. For example, there is no clear definition of “youth.” This could create confusion (or loopholes) when it comes to figuring out exactly which types of educational programs would qualify for tax spending.

There are other similarly confusing details. And officials are working to more concretely define all aspects of its cannabis tax framework.

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Activist Charged With Felony Wiretapping After Streaming Marijuana Justice Rally

Last October, the cannabis legalization advocacy group Maryland Marijuana Justice organized a protest outside of state Rep. Andy Harris’s congressional office in Salisbury. Six months earlier, ex-Colorado residents Adam Eidinger and Kris Furnish founded the group to accomplish one primary object: remove Rep. Andy Harris, a politician the group calls “one of the worst concerning cannabis reform laws,” from Maryland’s 1st Congressional District.

20-year-old Jake Burdett, a student at Salisbury University, attended the October protest. It brought him face to face with one of Rep. Harris’s staffers, an encounter the young activist briefly livestreamed on Facebook Live. And on Valentine’s Day, Burdett was charged with multiple felony wiretapping charges for recording and posting that meeting online for a day. The charges brought against Burdett were filed by Rep. Harris’ office.

Maryland Marijuana Justice Demonstrator Faces Felony Charges for Livestreaming a Meeting

These days, members of the cannabis advocacy group Maryland Marijuana Justice (MDMJ) are a regular fixture outside Maryland’s Congressional offices. The group has been organizing demonstrations and protests to support cannabis reform efforts and challenge the lawmakers opposing them. Lawmakers like Republican state Rep. Andy Harris, who in 2014 worked to block the full legalization of marijuana in D.C.

Rep. Harris has been in the news recently. Not for his opposition to drug reform, but for a meeting he took with white supremacist and Holocaust denier Chuck Johnson, who Twitter banned for threatening the Baltimore civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. But Maryland Marijuana Justice want the press surrounding Jake Burdett’s indictment to stay focused on Harris’ views on cannabis, not just his racist scandals.

MDMJ activists have long-protested Harris’ backwards views on cannabis and refusals to meet with cannabis reform advocates. At the October protest, Burdett was streaming to Facebook Live. When one of Harris’ congressional staffers offered to meet with a handful of demonstrators, Burdett made the cut and kept the camera running for a short while into the meeting.

But Burdett didn’t obtain the staffer’s consent to film inside the office where the meeting was occurring. He didn’t know he had to. Or that it wasn’t just illegal, but a felony to film the staffer without permission. Burdett found out it was illegal the next day and immediately took down the video. He also personally apologized to the staffer. But Congressman Harris threw the book at him anyway. And on February 15, prosecutors charged Burdett with felony wiretapping.

Maryland Rep. Andy Harris Keeps Calling the Cops on Marijuana Justice Activists

This isn’t the first time Andy Harris has gone after marijuana reform activists demonstrating outside his office. At a MDMJ protest last year, Harris had Rachel Donlan arrested for “bruising his wrist.” Prosecutors later charged Donlan with consumption of marijuana in a prohibited public space—i.e., being high in public. Donlan filed a complaint against Harris herself, alleging Harris slammed a door on her leg.

For MDMJ, Rep. Harris’ recent effort to make an example out of Mr. Burdett “shows how partisan and petty Congressman Harris has become,” the organization said in a press release. “Rep. Harris wants to pretend to be victimized by a 20 year old’s deleted livestream, while he supports the racist war on drugs that actually victimizes thousands of people a day by locking them up for the victimless crime of smoking marijuana, a non-addictive substance with many medicinal benefits.”

The group also pointed out that while Rep. Harris has been smearing cannabis reform activists and vehemently opposing legalization, he has accepted $42,200 from the pharmaceutical lobby in the 2017-2018 election cycle alone.

Burdett’s plea deal will require him to complete community service and go on probation. But if Burdett complies with court orders for three years, the case will be dropped. For his part, Burdett said he is upset that citizens and constituents are not allowed to record conversations with public officials’ paid staffers in a taxpayer-funded space.

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Pick The Finest Flower Every Time With These Three Tips

Growing weed is an earthly joy that everyone across the world should experience. But the ability to legally buy the herb makes things even sweeter. As laws begin to relax across the world and a newfound acceptance towards recreational and medicinal-use and culture continues to grow, it’s crucial to know what to look for and how flower should smell and taste– which, most of the time, is easier said than done. Below are three factors to keep in mind the next time you’re legally buying cannabis.

Three Things To Consider Before You Consuming Cannabis

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Appearance: The First Impression

They say you only get one chance to make a first good impression, and that certainly rings true when it comes to cannabis flower. At a street level, it can be challenging to acquire consistency as well as variety. That’s why going to an established dispensary, coffee shop (we’re looking at you, Amsterdam!), social club, or smoking lounge is ideal because the rigmarole of filtering out the schwag from the good-good is already done for you. That said, there are a few ways to indicate the quality of a flower’s genetics, how apt the grower was, if the trimmers were experienced, how long the bouquet cured for, and the quality of care a cultivation group put toward their product–and, thus, the customer.

Top quality flower should primarily be bud with almost zero leaf ratio. The color of the flower should not be dark brown or yellow, and the actual biomass will have a dense look to it. Calyx development should be totally swollen and, in some cases, displaying signs of foxtailing. The pistils coating the buds will be a mature brown or maroon, and there certainly should not be any white pistils on the flower or signs of seeds. As far as removing all twigs and sugar leaf, this can reflect whether the growers are considerate of using trim for isolator or making oil.

Not all varieties of dried cannabis flower will share the same appearance and structure; so in most cases, “Kush” and indica-dominant strains will produce smaller, dense nugs that looks like it would yield only a few nugs. On the other hand, sativa varieties such as “Haze” will produce buds slightly elongated. They offer more in terms of shape and calyx size.

Everyone is different and basing your experience on which flower offers more value will drastically reduce how much you learn about the plant. It’ll also stop you from enjoying the full-spectrum of flavor, taste, and effects this wonderful plant has to offer.

Three Things To Consider Before You Consuming Cannabis

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Aroma – The Overall Body

When it comes to properly grown cannabis, people often think of “loud,” “dank,” or “stinking” weed. But it’s so much more than that. The cannabis plant is an extremely unique flower. It posses terpene groups crafted by nature to entice humans, animals, and insects. Today, the market is dominated by extracts and vape pens (which often lack the plant’s natural terpenes, and thus, smell). But the flower scene is still enormous and will only become more popular as society begins to permit smoking-clubs.

When first assessing a strain, pay attention to the complexity of its smell. Perhaps its aroma falls under fruity, floral, earthy, or gassy. Or, better yet, maybe the buds have an even more layered combination that you cannot easily put your finger on. There’s a huge range of flavors and aromas that are present in well-grown flower. The intensity and longevity of an aroma is a true reflection of how the flower will taste.

A poorly grown and dried flower will have an aroma that’s not pleasant to the nose and will most likely taste like plant matter. Over-dried flower can also have the same smell–many describe it as hay or deadwood. Buds that have been picked too early will have an earthy, chlorophyll-based smell to them and will usually have twigs that are soft or unable to snap. You should avoid buying wet flower especially because you’ll lose out per gram in the long run, and the overall experience will be a waste of time and money– it doesn’t even smoke!

Three Things To Consider Before You Consuming Cannabis

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Taste – An Infusion of Terps

This is what it’s all about for a majority of smokers– it’s what makes or breaks an experience. On the basis your flower has an appealing aroma, the flavor will compliment said aroma with a unique cocktail of terpenes that’ll coat the mouth like a fine, smokey glass of wine. Dry-puffing a joint or blunt that hasn’t been lit yet will reveal how intense the flavor profile is going to be.

After lighting up the joint, there will be an immediate lung expanding inhale that resonates in the mouth for a short time. A licking of the lips as you breathe in will also reveal the depth of the bud’s flavor, while exhaling will emphasize the richness of taste in a different way. Flowers that possess serious terpenes will display a full range of flavors that can be fruity, zesty, earthy, musky, fuel, gassy, skunky, floral, etc.– the list goes on and on.

Thanks to complex breeding programs and the rise of poly-hybrid cannabis strains, a flavor palette seems to be a huge focus not only for smokers, but also for marketing and branding. Girl Scout Cookies breathed fresh life into marketing in the Cannabis industry, so expecting a flavor-rich hybrid is easier acquired than ever.

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Insane Clown Posse Win House of Blues Awards; Replicon Radio Award Winners Including Alla Xul Elu, Menacide, BAD MiND, Super Famous Fun Time Guys And More!

The underground hip-hop scene  have been awesomely awarded for their talents and every artist deserves it to the fullest! The wicked clowns will never die! Juggalo Weekend sold the fuck out in New Orleans at The House of Blues and our favorite clowns ended up snagging two awards! Replicon Radio’s polls have ended and artists around the States are all accepting their dope ass authentic Replication Radio certificates and trophies!

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“Tonight The House of Blues presented us with not one, but TWO awards for selling out the venue on back to back nights for what was an amazing Juggalo Weekend.

These awards are because of you, Juggalos. Thank you for all the constant love and support, and for always showing up no matter where we get live! There is nothing like the power of Juggalo love! Thank you for an incredible weekend. WHOOP WHOOP!”

Through fierce voting and sheer fan will power from uniting together in  support of their underground favorites winners have now been announced inside the official Replicon Radio Awards and here are the lists of winners and the categories they fought to near death in and came out on top!

Album of the Year: Alla Xul Elu “The Almighty”

Underground Album of the Year: Menacide “Reign Supreme: Book One”

Replicon Host Of  The Year: Big Roo

EP of the Year: Super Famous Fun Time Guys: “Super Dudes Crooning the Tunes”

Producer of the Year: “BAD MiND”

Replicon Radio’s First Ever Beard Icon Award: Chuck Reeves of #Beard Speaks

Video of the Year: Bulletproof & The Fool “No Reason” Featuring Damien Quinn of Dark Half & Scum

Graphic Artist of the Year: Mizter 8 Legz

Fan Favorite Replicon Radio Interview: Alla Xul Elu

Event of the Year: Alla Xul Elu “A.X.E.MAS 2018”

Shout out to The House of Blues in New Orleans for hooking the Insane Clown Posse up with fresh “SOLD OUT” awards and Replicon Radio for recognizing true underground talent and allowing the fans to decide the true victor!




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