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Major Beer Companies are Feeling The Impact of Cannabis Legalization

Shurman - The Story Behind the Strain

Shurman Holden (Sure-man, I’m holdin’) was first a pen name for Alex, writing grow articles for Dope Magazine in the early days of medical cannabis. Around the time he and Will started Solstice, a puppy came wondering into the family and brought the name to life. For the next few years, as the industry ebbed and flowed, Shurman was a steady presence and the positive vibe technican around the Solstice office.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. Inspiring the nation and the world, his words still resonate deeply with all generations. He insisted, "I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

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Jeff Sessions Removes the Cole Memo

     This past Thursday, January 4th Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a stack of memos from the Obama Administration that offered cannabis-friendly states a policy of non-interference from the Federal Government. This move changes federal cannabis policy from a hands-off approach adopted under former Attorney General James M. Cole to allowing federal prosecutors all over the country to decide how to prioritize resources to crack down on cannabis possession, distribution, and cultivation even in states where it has been voted legal. 

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Holiday Events, On a Higher Level

     The Holidays are fast approaching with Winter Solstice the 21st, Hanukkah the 12th-20th, Christmas the 25th, Kwanzaa the 26th-1st, and the New Year to follow. This means taking the time to celebrate, to reflect, to visit family, and to get out and experience the festivities all around Seattle. This Holiday Season Solstice would like to recommend some events around town that are sure to bring the cheer.

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Solstice - Why We Celebrate

     Winter Solstice is the day with the fewest hours of sunlight out of the year, alternatively Summer Solstice has the most hours of sunlight. Twice annually, we celebrate these natural phenomena signifying the astronomical change in seasons...

DID YOU KNOW? Solstice is named in homage to all of us dedicated to changing world views away from the reefer-madness of marijuana toward a positive global cannabis movement.

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"The First Cannabis Overdose" More Information Released

In the August edition of the journal Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine there is a controversial case study on the seizure and death of an 11 month old boy in Colorado. This report has prompted recent headlines across the world reading "The First Marijuana Overdose Death." The issue is that is not what the doctors meant, thanks media.

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Times They Are a Changing

Change is the only constant in the world of cannabis. For Washington State, it’s been a winding – at times nerve racking – adventure. When Will and I set out to bring legitimacy and transparency to cannabis production with Solstice just about four years ago, we both felt that change for our country was long overdue. Looking back, neither of us ever imagined our state would move as quickly as it has.

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What's Old is New: 3 Traditional Cannabis Cures That Still Work

To make the case for cannabis as a medicine, most advocates refer to the herb’s ancient past as a healing substance. But in established Western medical practice, the glory age of cannabis as medicine was relatively short – a 60-year period that spanned the Penny Dreadful era of 19th century England – and kicked off by none other than Dr. O’Shaughnessy.

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An End to Medical Marijuana for Washington State?

The movement to re-legitimize cannabis to it’s pre-prohibition state has always been a ground up affair. In the late 70’s, when Robert Randall challenged the federal government’s stance on marijuana, citing medical necessity–a legal basis that allows citizens to break federal law when the harm of following it outweighs the alternative–he became the Rosa Parks of the modern medical marijuana movement.

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The Cannabis Cleanse: 10 Tips for a New Year's Detox

Following the freight-train of festivities that make up the holiday season, and until the last hour when we tip ecstatically into the New Year, it’s easy to feel like our bodies are literally made of gingerbread, champagne, and smoke.

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Solstice: The Light and Dark of the Holiday Season

The day after Thanksgiving, it begins to creep in. A wreath appears on your neighbor’s front door, the naked trees on your block suddenly wink with lights, your local coffee shop starts studding the latte foam with shattered peppermint, and at the drug store you hear Bing Crosby parumpa-pum-pum-ing in a creamy baritone about a little drummer boy.

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