What Are Quick Strains?

A quick strain is a feminized cannabis strain whose flowering period is one to two weeks faster than that of the standard version. Accordingly, there’s lower risk of weather and safety-related hazards during the two weeks prior to harvest. Light-dependent, these strains do need a change in photoperiod to go into flowering mode.

Quick, early, fast…there’s no way you haven’t heard of these strains yet.

Referred to in many different ways just to mean the same thing, many growers still don’t have a clear idea of the meaning of quick when applied to a cannabis strain. Are they feminized? They are. Are they autoflowering? They’re not. But they’re faster. So, if you’re looking for something fast, why should you choose a quick over an auto? Well, let’s take a step back and look at one question at a time.

Are Quick Strains Feminized? Yes, They Are

These strains are feminized simply because they’re female. Put another way, they’re cannabis plants that invariably produce flowers and not pollen—again, they bear buds because they’re female—and whose flowering period depends on the hours of light they receive in a 24-hour day. While the hours of light exceed the hours of dark, the plants will keep growing and won’t flower. This is because feminized strains remain stuck in the vegetative period—growing taller and wider, taking root and developing branches until there’s a change in light exposure and they receive the same hours of light and darkness every day, at which point flowers start to bloom.

What Are Quick Strains?

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Are Quick Strains Autoflowering? No, They’re Not

Autoflowering strains—or autos—are strains that flower automatically about 25 days after germination. The switch from the growing to the flowering period does not respond to a change in light exposure, but depends on the life cycle of the plant. This is why we recommend that you stick to the same light cycle (18/6) when growing an auto. Because of their ruderalis origin, autoflowering plants can’t be kept in the growing period for longer than a month—they are programmed to start bearing flowers on day 30 at the latest. And, of course the production of buds will be in line with the size of the plant.

Are Quick Strains Faster? Yes, They Are

This is the greatest asset of quick strains: the quick versions of standard feminized varieties are simply faster than the rest. Generally, they are produced by crossing a standard light-dependent strain with an autoflowering, the result of which is an F1 “QUICK” hybrid plant that cannot be defined as an auto but which does develop faster. This is because its autoflowering genes, which produce a faster flowering period compared to light-dependent plants.

Why to Choose a Quick Over an Auto: Because You Want Plants That are Fast But Also Big

The advantage of quick strains over autos is that they allow growers to adapt the vegetative period to their particular needs. So, if you want to grow let’s say a massive plant like those that are often seen on the West Coast of the United States, you’ll just have to keep it growing for three months, but with the benefit of knowing that the flowering period will be shorter than if you were growing the standard version.

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Schoolchildren in Russian Republic of Buryatia May Face Mandatory Drug Screenings

If administrators in the Russian Republic of Buryatia get their way, students in the region may soon be required to take drug tests. The move is similar to past proposals, many of which have been quickly condemned as human rights violations.

Schoolchildren Could Face Mandatory Drug Tests

As reported by Russia Today, the Republic of Buryatia is now considering implementing a new drug policy. And the way many people see it, the proposal could be a draconian and heavy handed attempt to vilify cannabis.

According to the news outlet, Buryatia’s head administrator, Aleksey Tsydenov, floated the new proposal. If it is eventually passed into law, all students in the region would be subject to required drug tests.

This would include all schoolchildren, seemingly without any regard for their age. Additionally, the proposal would require all first-year university students to take a drug test. Finally, Tsydenov’s proposal would also force all vocational school students to take mandatory drug tests.

The policymaker said the required tests would help crack down on people using illegal substances. Further, he also said that requiring these types of tests would be a deterrent to keep others from consuming illegal substances.

In order to carry out such a huge number of drug tests, Tsydenov has apparently asked the government to find a way to make drug tests cheaper.

But his proposal doesn’t end at mandatory drug tests. He also wants to initiate a crack down on naturally growing fields of cannabis. In particular, Tsydenov has formally requested resources to locate and get rid of natural marijuana plants.

As Russia Today pointed out, Tsydenov’s proposal is not the first of its kind. In fact, lawmakers in various parts of Russia have, at different times, tried to implement similarly severe drug laws.

Typically, such proposals are condemned. Historically, human rights activists have called out such proposals as an overreach of governmental power. Additionally, these types of proposals are often rebuffed as privacy violations and as violations of basic human rights.

Buryatia Has a Rich History of Cannabis

Interestingly, this attempt to crack down on cannabis comes in the region that some researchers think could be the original site of recreational marijuana use.

Cannabis plants grow naturally in the region. And it looks as if ancient residents of the area may have been regular consumers of the plant.

The best proof for this theory comes from the Pazyryk burial grounds. At this site, researchers have found artifacts that date back as far as the third or fourth centuries B.C.

One of the most interesting finds at this site was a pouch of cannabis buds. The pouch was discovered at a burial site, leading many researchers to conclude that ancient Buryatians used cannabis for religious or recreational uses.

Buryatia is located in South Siberia. It borders Mongolia, and the bulk of its residents are ethnically, religiously, and culturally related to Mongols.

The region was first colonized by Russia in the 17th century. In 1990, the Buryat ASSR announced its sovereignty. Then in 1992, it changed its name to Republic of Buryatia. Today, it is an autonomous republic, part of the Russian Federation.

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First Legal Cannabis Plant in Oklahoma Sold to Vietnam Veteran

The growth and expansion of medical marijuana in Oklahoma hit a key milestone this week. For the first time ever, a marijuana plant has been sold legally in the Sooner State. This is an important step forward as the state continues figuring out the details of its brand new medical cannabis program.

Oklahoma’s New Medical Marijuana Program

It’s been a big year for marijuana in Oklahoma. In June, voters in the state approved the legalization of cannabis for medical uses. State Question 788 won 56 percent of the vote. On the other side, 43 percent of voters opposed the measure.

Almost immediately, the state’s new program fell into chaos. Shortly after the vote, a group of doctors began advocating for the ban of smokable forms of cannabis. Subsequently, the Oklahoma State Board of Health began trying to fast-tracking and push through a number of restrictions to the state’s new medical marijuana laws.

Most notably, these restrictions attempted to ban the sale of smokable forms of medical cannabis. Additionally, the Board tried to require all dispensaries to have a pharmacist on site at all times.

These restrictions came under fire and the state found itself facing at least two separate lawsuits. Ultimately, things were solved when Governor Mary Fallin approved and signed a set of revised regulations in August. Importantly, the version of the law signed by Gov. Fallin got rid of many of the restrictions implemented by the Board of Health.

And now, it looks like the Sooner State has achieved its next big milestone. Under the state’s new medical marijuana laws, patients are allowed to have as many as six cannabis seedlings at a time. Additionally, patients can also have up to six adults plants at any one time.

This week, a military veteran became the first Oklahoman to buy a legal marijuana plant. As reported by local news sources, John Frasure bought a cannabis seedling at a dispensary located in Fairfax, Oklahoma.

Frasure said he uses medical cannabis to treat PTSD and other ongoing health conditions.

Is Oklahoma Moving Toward Full Legalization?

While medical marijuana appears to be marching forward in Oklahoma, it’s a different story when it comes to recreational weed. Interestingly, the recreational side of things have been almost equally dramatic this year as it’s been with medical cannabis.

In fact, at one point it looked like voters might see a recreational bill on the ballot this November. Throughout the year, cannabis activists have been trying to get enough petition signatures to get a legalization bill on the ballot.

And in August, a group called Green the Vote said they had gathered enough signatures. Unfortunately for the cannabis community, it turns out the group was inflating its numbers.

Instead of surpassing the required 123,724 signatures, the petition had somewhere around 73,000-78,000 signatures. Representatives from Green the Vote apologized for the inflated reports and continued trying to get more signatures.

Ultimately, the group failed to gather enough signatures before the deadline. As a result, the state will not introduce a recreational bill to the ballot this fall.

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California Governor Signs the California Cannabis Equity Act

Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed the California Cannabis Equity Act (SB 1294) into law on Wednesday, authorizing the expenditure of $10 million in state funds to support so-called cannabis social equity programs. The programs assist members of communities most severely impacted by the War on Drugs that wish to enter California’s newly legal cannabis industry. The grants will be used to offer equity applicants and licensees business loans or grants, waivers for licensing fees, technical support, and other services.

Cities including Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and San Francisco have already established social equity programs. State Senator Steven Bradford, a Democrat from Gardena who authored SB 1294, told the Compton Herald in June that the measure will help expand municipal equity efforts.

“Currently, there are no state programs addressing the barriers and challenges faced by those attempting to enter this unique industry,” said Bradford. “If people of color with financial capital and high business acumen are having difficulty gaining licenses, one can only imagine the struggles individuals with zero capital and previous convictions are faced with.”

Addressing Bias in the War on Drugs

The text of SB 1294 addresses some of the disparity in the enforcement of cannabis prohibition laws in California.

“During the era of cannabis prohibition in California, the burdens of arrests, convictions, and long-term collateral consequences arising from a conviction fell disproportionately on Black and Latinx people, even though people of all races used and sold cannabis at nearly identical rates,” the law reads. “The California Department of Justice data shows that from 2006 to 2015, inclusive, Black Californians were two times more likely to be arrested for cannabis misdemeanors and five times more likely to be arrested for cannabis felonies than White Californians. During the same period, Latinx Californians were 35 percent more likely to be arrested for cannabis crimes than White Californians.”

The law notes that this bias in the enforcement of drug laws continues to affect communities and individuals already challenged by social injustice.

“The collateral consequences associated with cannabis law violations, coupled with generational poverty and a lack of access to resources, make it extraordinarily difficult for persons with convictions to enter the newly regulated industry,” the statute continues.

Equity in the New Cannabis Economy

Bradford said that the law will help ensure that all Californians are able to reap the economic benefits of the legalization of cannabis.

“Following the 2016 voter approval of Proposition 64, legalizing adult-use cannabis, our cities and state will soon reap the economic benefits of this growing industry,” said Bradford. “The concern is, what about those who were convicted of cannabis-related charges, even within the last two years? What about entire communities [that] have endured devastating, generational impacts from the war on drugs? SB 1294 will address these issues and ensure that those who want to participate have real opportunities to join and thrive.”

Rodney Holcombe from the office of legal affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance said in a press release that the California Cannabis Equity Act will help other cities join those who have instituted social equity programs.

“The passage of SB 1294 is an important step toward creating more equity in California’s cannabis industry,” Holcombe said. “Senator Bradford’s bill – and the $10 million allocated for it – will support local programs that are minimizing barriers to ownership and ensuring the sustainability of cannabis businesses. It is our hope that this will be the first of many victories to ensure equity in this growing industry.”

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Ontario Will Treat Marijuana Smoking the Same as Cigarette Smoking

Authorities in Ontario today provided some much anticipated clarification on the province’s rules regarding cannabis retail shops and public cannabis consumption. Officials say Ontario will treat marijuana smoking the same as cigarette smoking, covering both under the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. But some restrictions will still apply to cannabis only, and offenses will carry hefty fines.

Ontario Overhauls Major Cannabis Rules

Ontario’s general election in June shifted the balance of power among the competing parties. Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative party emerged with a 76 seat majority in the 124-member parliament. And almost immediately upon taking office, incumbents announced a series of changes to Ontario’s cannabis regulations. Those changes represent a significant departure from the approach the previous Liberal government had established.

Previously, Ontario had planned to operate all cannabis retail stores under the control of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. The rationale from the Liberal government was that the LCBO could better manage and regulate supply. The Liberal government had also planned to prohibit the public consumption of cannabis, raising concerns about where of-age persons could legally smoke cannabis if their apartment or residence banned smoking.

Earlier this summer, Progressive Conservatives announced Ontario would permit privately owned and operated cannabis retail stores in addition to LCBO-controlled shops. But the move had the effect of delaying the start of retail sales by nearly six months. So while the rest of Canada can begin purchasing cannabis legally on October 17, Ontario residents will have to wait until April 1, 2019. It will still be possible to purchase cannabis from the LCBO online, however.

Ontario Will Allow Marijuana Smoking Anywhere it’s Okay to Smoke Tobacco

Today, Ford’s provincial government clarified how Ontario would handle the question of public cannabis consumption. Taking a cue from provinces like Alberta, Ontario will allow people to smoke cannabis anywhere it’s lawful to smoke tobacco. In fact, both tobacco and cannabis will fall under the rules of the Smoke-Free Ontario Act.

The Smoke-Free Ontario Act came in to force on July 1 this year. It prohibits smoking on outdoor patios at bars or restaurants, childcare facilities or anywhere health care workers work like hospitals and enclosed common areas like hotel lobbies. But while the Act prohibits smoking tobacco in motor vehicles only if children are present, it prohibits cannabis smoking in motor vehicles (including boats) under any circumstances.  Everywhere else in public that doesn’t fall under one of the Act’s restrictions, however, is fair game for cannabis smokers. So beginning October 17, Ontario’s parks and public streets might become a little more aromatic.

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DEA Reschedules Cannabis-Derived Medicine Epidiolex

The Drug Enforcement Administration has rescheduled the cannabidiol medication Epidiolex, allowing manufacturer GW Pharmaceuticals to begin selling the drug in the United States. The DEA did not, however, reschedule CBD itself nor other products made with the cannabinoid. Epidiolex is the first medication derived directly from cannabis to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The DEA placed Epidiolex in Schedule 5, the least restrictive class under the Controlled Substances Act, indicating the drug has an accepted medical use and a low potential for abuse. Cannabidiol and other CBD formulations continue to be listed under Schedule 1, a classification ostensibly reserved for drugs with no medical value and a high potential for abuse.

New Drug Approved In June

In June, Epidiolex was approved by the FDA as a treatment for Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) and Dravet syndrome. The two debilitating forms of childhood epilepsy can cause dozens or even hundreds of seizures per day and often cannot be treated successfully with other medications.

Justin Gover, the CEO of GW Pharmaceuticals, said in a press release that the action by the DEA will allow patients access to an entirely new class of epilepsy drugs.

“We are pleased that the DEA has placed EPIDIOLEX in the lowest restriction Schedule, because it will help ensure that patients with LGS and Dravet syndrome, two of the most debilitating forms of epilepsy, can access this important new treatment option through their physicians,” said Gover.

CBD Drug Will Be Available Soon

GW Pharmaceuticals is now finalizing the packaging for Epidiolex, which should be available to be prescribed to patients in less than two months.

“With this final step in the regulatory process completed, we are working hard to make EPIDIOLEX available within the next six weeks as we know there is excitement for a standardized version of cannabidiol that has undergone the rigor of controlled clinical trials and been approved by the FDA,” Gover said.

The Epilepsy Foundation, an advocacy and resource organization, applauded the DEA action in a press release.

“We are pleased to hear that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) placed Epidiolex® at Schedule V in line with the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) scheduling recommendation,” the group wrote. “People with epilepsy who are unable to obtain seizure control with existing treatments are at a higher risk of accident, injury, hospitalization, and even death. The DEA’s rescheduling of Epidiolex,® the first ever drug derived from cannabidiol (CBD) approved to treat Dravet and Lennox-Gastaut syndromes (LGS), is a tremendous milestone for some of these most vulnerable individuals who now may have access and hope of gaining better seizure control.”

Although Epidiolex has only been approved by the FDA to treat Dravet syndrome and LGS, so-called off-label use of drugs for other conditions is legal and a common practice with other medications. The price of the new drug may be prohibitive for some patients that need it, however. In August, GW Pharmaceuticals announced that the average annual cost of Epidiolex would come to about $32,500 per year, although most patients with health insurance would pay a fraction of that figure.

CBD Still Schedule 1

Despite classifying Epidiolex as a Class 5 substance, the DEA continues the Schedule designation for cannabis and cannabinoids. With that decision, future CBD medications will also have to go through the expensive and time-consuming process to receive FDA approval. Tim McGraw, the CEO of cannabis real estate development company Canna-Hub, told High Times that the ruling could stifle growth in the industry.

“This locks out any other players not considered to be ‘big pharma.’ On one hand, they approved the substance as non-addictive with medicinal properties, while on the other hand, they continue to classify THC and CBD molecules in “non-approved” products as schedule 1 with other drugs such as heroin. There seems to be a discrepancy within the US government.”

Dr. Stuart Titus, the CEO of Medical Marijuana, Inc., agreed, adding that the ruling could spur change.

“This decision shows that the federal government will go to the end of the earth to support their hypocrisy on cannabis, including CBD, ” Titus said. “This may provide the tipping point with public opinion to get further federal legislation passed on cannabis and hemp CBD.”

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Rapper Daz Dillinger Faces Felony Charges After Home Drug Bust

Delmar Drew Arnaud, better-known as the rapper Daz Dillinger, is in the Cobb County clink tonight, booked on 13 felony drug counts stemming from a police drug raid at his Georgia home on Tuesday. Daz, who is 45 years old, is facing a dozen felony drug charges for possession of a controlled substance. The thirteenth charge is for possession of more than one ounce of marijuana.

Daz Dillinger Hit With 13 Felony Drug Counts, Including One for “Cannabis Lean”

Five months after calling on his fans to attack Kanye West, Daz Dillinger was in handcuffs outside his home in Powder Springs, Georgia. In fact, it was likely Daz’s comments regarding Kanye that brought him to the attention of police in the first place.

It’s almost hard to remember that five months ago, Kanye West sparked outrage from fans and foes alike after going public with his support for Donald Trump. Remember the infamous “slavery was a choice” statement Kanye made? Many condemned and criticized Kanye’s comments, but Daz took it to the next level. Putting out a call to the Crips, Daz told them to “f*ck Kanye up.” Daz later said police hassled him over the Kanye threat, telling him they were investigating his statements. That investigation ultimately fizzled out.

But Daz was on police’s radar. And on Tuesday, they raided his home twenty miles north of Atlanta. What they found reads like the inventory of a cannabis shop, if those were legal in Georgia. (The state has limited medical legalization of CBD oils with a cap of 5 percent THC.)

There were THC cartridges and THC oils. THC vaporizers and weed—about 117 grams of weed, to be precise. And police also discovered a container in Daz’s home studio with the label “Cannabis Lean”. That would be some heavy stuffy if Daz had infused sizzurp with cannabis.

Daz Dillinger’s Rap Career On Pause

Daz began his rap career producing tracks for the legendary Death Row Records. He made his debut as a performer on his cousin’s debut album, Doggystyle. Daz is Snoop’s cousin. In the mid-90s, Daz collaborated with Kurupt on their double-platinum album Tha Dogg Pound. Back at the boards this year, Daz has released two albums already. Dazamataz dropped in February, and Smoke Me Out came out in April.

For now, however, the rap game is on hold while Daz sits in jail on $15,000 bond. It hasn’t been a good month for rappers in Georgia. Ty Dolla $ign was arrested for coke and weed just a couple weeks ago. Somebody in Daz’s crew has to have that kind of cash on hand though, right?

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Dispensary Thieves in Colorado Steal Display Jars of Oregano Instead of Flower

A group of would-be thieves recently tried to snatch a stash of weed from a dispensary in Colorado Springs, Colorado. And while they succeeded in breaking into the shop and stealing a bunch of merchandise, they didn’t actually end up with what they were looking for. Instead of getting away with jars full of bud, the thieves ended up stuck with jars full of oregano.

Smash-and-Grab Robbery at Colorado Dispensary

The Native Roots Dispensary in Colorado Springs was recently broken into in what local news sources are calling a “smash-and-grab” operation. The incident reportedly took place around 1 a.m.

According to witnesses, a group of teenagers drove a stolen van directly into the dispensary. The van smashed a hole into the building, and the people driving the van entered the shop.

From there, they reportedly stole jars of “herb” from the display windows. They also took t-shirts.

From the looks of it, the group was trying to get their hands on a nice stash of cannabis. But the owner of the dispensary told authorities that the thieves never actually entered the locked room that holds all the flower.

Instead, they mistakenly took the display jars—which are filled with oregano instead of marijuana.

And while the dispensary owner might be happy that none of the shop’s product was stolen, the store still has to deal with a smashed storefront. In particular, the damage is reportedly in the thousands of dollars.

At this time, authorities have not released any details about possible suspects. But witnesses said it looked a group of teenagers. Additionally, they said there was also a get-away vehicle with a driver.

Authorities think there’s a chance the robbery could be part of a larger string of smash-and-grab robberies. There have been a number of such operations in Colorado Springs recently.

According to local media, a similar incident was reported at another dispensary, Canna Meds Wellness Center. Similarly, a Famous Footwear store was robbed in the same way.

Security and Marijuana Dispensaries

Security is always a pressing issue with cannabis dispensaries. For starters, there’s always the risk that people will want to steal cannabis for its street value.

Beyond that, many dispensaries are forced to operate as cash only businesses. That’s primarily because banks and credit companies generally refuse to do business with dispensaries, given that cannabis remains federally illegal.

As a result, dispensaries often have a lot of cash on hand. And this can sometimes make them more vulnerable to break-ins.

Fortunately for marijuana business owners, banks and credit companies are slowly beginning to change. In many weed-legal locations, banks are becoming more open to the possibility of serving cannabis businesses. This could help mitigate some of the security risks dispensaries face.

Either way, dispensaries certainly have their fair share of break-ins. And as with this latest smash-and-grab robbery, sometimes things get a little weird.

For example, three people recently charged into a Canadian dispensary, apparently with the intention of robbing it. Instead, they were fought off by a dispensary employee, who used a giant bong to defend the store.

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SNL Comedian Pete Davidson Opens Up About Medical Marijuana Use

Pete Davidson, the Saturday Night Live veteran actor and fiancé of Ariana Grande, has opened up about his use of medicinal marijuana. Davidson appeared on The Howard Stern Show on SiriusXM for an interview with the talk show host on Monday.

During their conversation, Davidson revealed that he uses cannabis as a medicinal treatment for Crohn’s disease and borderline personality disorder.

“I have Crohn’s disease, so it helps more than you can imagine,” Davidson said. “There was a point where I couldn’t get out of bed (due to the pain). I was 110 pounds. I also just love smoking weed. I’ve been smoking weed every day for eight years.”

Davidson also explained why he went to a drug rehabilitation center two years ago.

“There was no way I could stop,” said Davidson. “I was like, ‘Somebody has to put me in a house where there is literally nothing.’ I had too much access.”

But after quitting his use of drugs, Davidson says he didn’t see much of an improvement in his well-being.

“I was sober for three months at one point and was like, ‘This f—ing sucks,’” he shared.

Davidson also talked about his mental health and experience at rehab in a different interview in June.

“You can be sad and do drugs at the same time evidently,” said Davidson.

But things did not improve with abstinence, Davidson explained.

“I got sober for three months and I was just, like, never sadder and everything was just way worse,” he said.

Davidson said that he started smoking pot again after being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder.

“I just rolled a joint and I was back immediately,” Davidson said.

Gushes for Grande

Davidson also discussed his engagement to pop star Ariana Grande during his interview with Stern on Monday. Davidson said that after he broke up with Cazzie David and Grande split with Mac Miller they found themselves single.

“Timing I feel like is everything, and we both were in a similar situation at the same time,” he said.

After meeting on the set of Saturday Night Live, Davidson and Grande began a relationship and the couple became engaged in June.

“It’s like the weirdest, coolest thing that’s ever happened,” said Davidson.

Davidson said he had feared his personality disorder would prevent him from establishing a strong romantic relationship.

“I was [afraid it could ruin relationships] until I met her,” he said. “I just think we are supposed to be together.”

Davidson also revealed that there have been times that he can’t believe Grande really wants to be with him.

“Before we started dating, I scrolled through a list of really hot guys on the internet and I was like, ‘Are you sure?’ ” Davidson said. “I was like ‘Here is all of One Direction. Are you sure?’ I scrolled through everybody.”

Slams Chevy Chase

Davidson also told Stern his opinion of Chevy Chase, who has harshly criticized recent seasons of Saturday Night Live.

“He’s a fucking douchebag,” Davidson said. “Fuck Chevy Chase. He’s just a genuinely bad, racist person, and I don’t like him. He’s a putz.”

“What has he done since ’83? Nothing,” Davidson added. “He had a big career and then it stopped because everybody realized he’s a jerkoff.”

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Two Districts in Central Florida Will Allow Medical Marijuana on School Grounds

While many might associate the phrase “trickle-down effect” with right-wing economic policy, you might now want to re-think that notion, considering what’s happening in the legal marijuana community.

On Wednesday, two school districts in central Florida announced they will be allowing students to bring their medical marijuana on school grounds.

The move comes on the heels of a ruling in California last Friday, where Santa Rosa Judge Charles Marson ruled in favor of 5-year-old medical cannabis patient Brooke Adams, who suffers from intense epileptic seizures. Additionally, a Broward County school district ruled in favor of a similar change in policy just last month.

A trickle-down effect, indeed.

Two Districts in Central Florida Will Allow Medical Marijuana on School Grounds

Following a pair of county meetings on Tuesday night, school districts in Orange and Volusia counties made the executive decision to allow for the medicine on-campus.

The Orange County school board decided that young medical marijuana patients will be allowed to receive the medication from a caregiver—not affiliated with the school in anyway—so long as they have the proper documentation from a medical professional.

In Volusia County, the decision hit closer to home, due to one student’s rare disease that requires on-site medical marijuana.

Zoe Adams, who suffers from Sanfilippo syndrome—a rare disorder similar to Alzheimer’s—is prescribed CBD hemp oil for her illness. Zoe suffers random seizures throughout the day due to her ailment.

Under the new policy—compassionately titled “Zoe’s policy,” medical cannabis can now be administered on-campus by a parent or hired caregiver. The process will be required to be carried out in private, as neither staff nor students are permitted to be in the area.

Zoe’s parents expressed their gratitude following the much-anticipated decision. Zoe’s father, J.J. Adams, says the decision not only directly effects his daughter, but everyone involved throughout the process.

“It’s quality of life, it’s what these kids need, and it helps them, the parents, the teachers, it’s all around beneficial,” Adams said.

Volusia County School Board Chair Linda Cuthbert hopes that Zoe’s case will actually have a “trickle-up” effect. Despite the drug’s lingering Schedule I status, she believes that it’s not crazy to think more cases like this will open the eyes of federal officials.

“She’s always going to live forever because of Zoe’s Policy,” Cuthbert said to Volusia County’s local ABC affiliate. “We know we’re doing the right thing. We hope the federal government will understand what we’re trying to do.”

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