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If you’re reading this, you know who HIgh Times is. The four-and-a-half decade old cannabis flagbearer—the O.G.. From the front lines to the boardroom, High Times has led the charge for not only legalization, but for the de-stigmatization of Cannabis across the globe. We’ve been fighting for our right to research, our right to heal, and our right to consume, for ourselves and for evangelists all over the world longer than many of our team have even been alive. It’s been a long road to get here, and we’ve had some dark times, but the future is brighter than ever now.

As you’ve likely heard, the United States has now legalized recreational cannabis consumption across 15 states, with an additional 20 states having legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. While we’re still facing federal bans, don’t yet have interstate commerce, and though we haven’t quite cracked cannabis banking yet, it’s important to remember that we’ve come a long, long way.

As you also may have heard, this new future has provided some exciting new opportunities for our brand. We’re in the process of going public, we now own several cannabis dispensaries, and we have launched a delivery service in California that is quickly picking up steam. As we near our 5th decade of existence, we’re moving into a time when the oldest brand in Cannabis can FINALLY sell weed. It’s really quite amazing. 

However, that’s not the only news we’ve got up our sleeves.

On November 20 we’ll be adding another new addition to our site; a reimagined and redesigned shop for all our loyal fans. This shop aims to be your solution for three main needs:

First off, we are pleased to introduce our new CBD line. Sure you’ve seen a million of these types of products flood the market since the 2018 Farm Bill passed, but rest assured, there was a reason we took our time with our formulations. The result is nothing short of spectacular, and what will surely be the LAST product you’ll need to try out—because this actually works. We are excited to bring to you the BEST CBD products on the market, hard stop. From flavors you will love, to effects you won’t only feel, but that will last, and all from the brand that you’ve trusted to provide you with the best in the space for over 46 years.

High Times new CBD line

Next up is our reimagined and plushed-out new merchandise line. Featuring iconography that’s been with us since the early days, tour posters from some of our most memorable events, and even the face of our founder—the original Zippy—Thomas Forçade, it’s never been easier (or more comfortable) to rock your favorite brand. In fact, when we say comfortable, we’re not just talking free slippers at the hotel, we mean full-blown head in the clouds, hugging strangers type comfort—not your typical run-of-the-mill steeze. From marshmallow-feeling hoodies to buttery soft T’s, we’re about to make your wardrobe as loud as your smoke.

Finally, we’re not ignorant enough to believe we can do everything, so we called in some of our favorites to help round out this new site. As the voice of the counterculture, we’ve tried it all, and we know that not all products are created equal, especially when it requires risking your buds. We’re not about to let any of our friends get taken for a ride, so we’ve recruited the best the industry has to offer—from top of the line infusion machines, to unique and handmade pipes, to an actual machine that will pack your cones for you for all the lazybones out there. Some of it is handmade, lots of it is made here in the USA, but all of it is guaranteed to take your sesh to the next level no matter where you happen to be.

Top of the line products are also featured on the High Times Store.

It’s been a long road friends, but we’re not slowing down. Now stop reading and let us bless you with the best! All of our selections are all available NOW at our totally revamped and redesigned counterculture destination: hightimes.com/shop

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United Nations Reclassifies Cannabis

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The United Nations Commission for Narcotic Drugs has voted to reclassify cannabis as less dangerous than other, more harmful substances.

On December 2, the commission officially voted to reclassify cannabis from its current position as a Schedule IV substance. The commission meeting was made up of 53 member states and took place in Vienna, Austria. The decision to reclassify was close, a mere two-vote difference at 27 to 25, with Ukraine declining to vote. Countries who voted in favor of reclassification included the United States, many countries in Europe, China, Egypt, Nigeria, Pakistan and Russia. This decision comes over a year-and-a-half after the World Health Organization recommended cannabis reclassification in February 2019.

Nearly 60 years have passed since the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs went into effect, which originally classified cannabis as a Schedule IV substance. Other substances in this classification include heroin, among other dangerously addictive substances.

The New York Times notes that this landmark decision won’t make any immediate waves in terms of how governments decide to categorize cannabis. However, the United Nations’ decision will likely affect future decisions because of its global influence—and has the potential to help cultivate even more interest and acceptance in studying the plant and its many properties. “This is a huge, historic victory for us, we couldn’t hope for more,” Kenzi Riboulet-Zemouli, an independent substance researcher, told The New York Times.

Although cannabis’ reclassification is a welcome change, the commission did reject a proposal, referred to as Recommendation 5.5, to exempt CBD with less than 0.2 percent THC. “The establishment of the 0.2% THC limit is not supported by scientific evidence, and the proposed wording does not exclude divergent interpretations concerning the calculation of that limit,” said Germany’s UN representative, Gerhard Kuentzle, told Hemp Industry Daily. “However, we would welcome further consultation with all relevant stakeholders on the recommendation on the appropriate level of the international control for cannabis preparations with low THC content.”

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Man Serving Life in Prison for Cannabis Petitions for Compassionate Release

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A man from Saint David, Maine who is currently serving life in prison due to a cannabis-related conviction has asked to be released from prison due to testing positive for COVID-19.

At 64 years of age, Michael Pelletier, is elderly, disabled and serving a life sentence for smuggling cannabis. His conviction included running illegal cannabis across the Canadian border between January 1, 2003 and March 31, 2006. He was also convicted of money laundering, Social Security fraud and other crimes in July 2007.

Now residing at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, Pelletier was one of approximately 90 inmates who contracted COVID-19 in September 2020. Following his recovery, Pelletier is planning to request that he be released from his sentence to live out his days in Florida with a family member who can take care of him.

The US attorney’s office in Maine is against Pelletier’s release, but stated that he does meet the requirements for compassionate release. In order to qualify, prisoners must be age 65 or older, have served at least 10 years (or 75 percent) of their prison term and are in a state of deterioration and failing health. According to the Bangor Daily News, Pelletier is prediabetic, “nearly obese” and unable to push himself in his wheelchair, which he has been confined to since he was 11 years old.

Pelletier’s defense states that he qualifies for compassionate release from prison so that he can be safe from future COVID-19 outbreaks outside prison walls. The defense also brings up the fact that cannabis is no longer illegal in many parts of the US and Canada.

Pelletier has received an official date set for his request to be released. Outside the prison walls, his family is rooting for him. His sister launched an online petition asking President Donald Trump to pardon Pelletier. The petition currently has 114,780 signatures out of a required 150,000, as of Tuesday, December 1.

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Thailand to Allow Cannabis Compounds in Makeup and Food

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The Government of Thailand released the details of an initial proposal that would allow cannabis leaves, branches, bark, trunks, stems, fibre and roots in certain food, fiber and makeup products.

These regulations will officially be created by the country’s Food and Drug Administration, according to Narcotics Control Committee member Dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit. These regulations will also include text specifying that hemp seeds, hemp extract, CBD and THC, as long as it does not contain more than the maximum 0.2 percent THC content.

Similar to cannabis regulations in other countries, Thailand’s cannabis industry will be government-mandated, and cannabis can only be cultivated by authorized growers. However, FDA secretary-general Paisal Dunkhum stated that they don’t plan to implement a limitation on how many plants can be grown by those who are authorized. In addition to this, the report also proposes rules for official research teams and recommendations on how doctors will also be able to prescribe cannabis products in certain cases.

While other Southeast Asian countries have not made progress on the cannabis front, Thailand was the first to legalize medical cannabis. Now, the country is poised to be a major leader in the industry. The government has already invested over $4 million into indoor growing in order to produce premium crops.

Earlier this year in January 2020, the Thailand government unveiled a cannabis leaf mascot to help educate people on the benefits of medical cannabis. The government also made its plans to deliver one million bottles of cannabis oil through its first approved indoor grow facility. “Thailand has shown itself to be a leader of legislative reform among Asian nations, in relation to medical cannabis,” said Barbara Pastori, head of cannabis market intelligence firm Prohibition Partners told Bloomberg in January 2020. “This is likely to be the case with recreational cannabis also, particularly if there remains strong political will to do so.”

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