Marijuana Legalization Group Plans Massive Cannabis-Themed Field Day in Florida

A group trying to break marijuana stigmas is tapping into summertime nostalgia with a massive, hemp and marijuana-themed, field day event in Mount Dora on May 22, 2021. The FREE event is produced by the Orlando chapter of NORML in order to dispell marijuana stereotypes and bring Florida’s cannabis community together for “the most fun you can have in day”.

“Tug-of-war, three-legged race, potato sacks… we’re bringing it all back, only this time it’s adult-sized and cannabis themed,” said Nurse Colleen Murray, Chairperson Orlando NORML. “It’s time to normalize this plant that brings health and happiness to so many. Isn’t that what a field day is all about? Health and happiness.”

Orlando NORML has partnered with Zick Productions, producers of the Florida Cannabis Festival which drew over 15,000 attendees at the same location in November of 2020. The Florida Field Day event will feature more than 100 vendors from hemp and CBD, to apparel and wellness products, as well as some of Central Florida’s best food trucks and a “Battle of the Bands”.

“We are breathing new life into the cannabis event by making it the most fun you can have in a day,” continued Nurse Colleen. “We’ll have both teams and individuals competing for trophies and prizes in some of the most hilarious games you can imagine. And don’t worry if you don’t want to get too physical. There’s rolling competitions, water pipe crafting and all sorts of low impact field day fun.”

Registration for Florida Field Day is FREE and available at The will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 10:00AM – 6:00PM at Renninger’s Twin Markets, 20651 US-441, Mt Dora, FL 32757.

Orlando NORML is a local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Founded in 2020, the Orlando NORML board of directors is composed of industry leaders, doctors, attorneys, and activists with a common goal: freeing the cannabis plant from prohibition. Orlando NORML hosts education and community events several times per year. Visit us at


Am I the last person to find out Snoop Dogg microwaves his blunts?

Should we all be doing this?

Snoop claims microwaving his blunts for 11 seconds, “traps all the flavors” within the blunt.  Let’s have a look at the logic

Cannabis in it’s raw form is THCa, tetrahydrocannabinolic acid, is non psychoactive.  When THCa is heated, it’s converted into Delta-9-THC.  (Roughly 104*C, 219*F for about 15-20 mins baking time)

What does it do?

The microwave doesn’t generate “heat” but rather “excites the molecules” within whatever is placed inside.  The temperature of the microwave varies depending on the wattage.  Snoop uses a 900-watt microwave, which averages about 104*C.  So, it would technically be able to activate the THC within the blunt. 

Blunt wraps are typically soft and moist to help prevent breakage.  Snoop claims putting them in the microwave “tightens them up” and “locks in the flavors”.  This makes sense considering the first thing that would evaporate from the blunt is water, making it “tighter”. 

What about locking in the flavor?

Flavors and aromas in cannabis come from terpenes and flavonoids and they react to heat.  When the molecules are excited, they will begin to evaporate.  The blunt acts like a tube and prevents the evaporation of flavors.  It very possible the flavor does get trapped in the blunt. 

Is there any research behind this?

Nope, more research is needed, and I doubt anyone would fund that.

Why 11 seconds?

Because 11:11, just kidding. Who knows?!

Does it work?

I tried microwaving my blunt and I it does increase the flavor and potency.  It’s like how we dry our blunts with a flame before smoking.  If you’re looking for added flavor and potency, give it a try.  I think you’ll find the microwave does “tighten it up” & “lock in the flavors”.

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Reefer Madness on Capitol Hill in Florida

From limiting THC content to allowing people to grow it themselves, Florida lawmakers have introduced 28 bills focused on marijuana regulation in 2021. 

Some, like House Bill (HB) 1455, want to limit the amount of THC (the psychoactive part of the cannabis plant) that medical marijuana products sold in Florida can contain, as well as tax and enhance age restrictions on cannabis medicine. 

On the other hand, legislation such as HB1361 would legalize marijuana and allow adults to grow up to six cannabis plants in their home (even in their yard). 

Those are the two extremes, but there are a slew of other bills dealing with how the current market is regulated, including one that would open up more small business opportunities and create a wholesale medical marijuana market, similar to how other states have done. 

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Other bills would remove some criminal penalties, allow resentencing for some marijuana-related offenses and allow for the suppression of records of some marijuana crimes so the offenses do not overly affect an offender’s lodging or employment opportunities later in life. HB335 would offer job protections for public employees that are medical marijuana patients. 

Looks like the Florida state legislature will be talking a lot about marijuana these next two months. Or will they? 

Many of the bills mentioned have been assigned to multiple congressional committees. That means that in order for the bill to make it to the floor to even be heard and voted on it first has to win not just one, but a series of smaller votes. The more committees a bill is assigned, the less likely it will make it to the floor, and ultimately pass. 

It’s what’s they call “kill it in committee” and rest assured its politics as usual. This is why so many advocate for a constitutional vote to legalize cannabis, much the same way medical cannabis was legalized in Florida in 2016. 

But is it the only way? Is there another way the will of the people can be realized, without a vote? Stranger things have happened. 

Each of these congressional committees is made up of elected officials. It is one of their job requirements to meet with their constituents who come to their office. Outside of massive campaign contributions, these visits hold the most power to influence a member of congress. The trick is, you MUST live in the county of the member you plan to meet. They are, after all, concerned with re-election and only constituents count. 

If your representative is unavailable to meet, you may try setting up a zoom call. It might be a long shot, but you’d be surprised how much politicians care about reelection. You may just get it.

Giving them a call the old fashioned way on the telephone is another great alternative. 

But what do I say?” Great question! 

The best thing to do is express your support or non-support of specific legislation – name a specific bill and keep it simple. “I support this and I do not support that. Here’s why.” Stick to two bills. Here’s a cheat sheet:

JUST SAY NO to HB1445: Caps THC and adds Taxes 
JUST SAY YES to HB1361: Legalize Marijuana for Adults including homegrow / home cultivation of up to six plants 

The rest of the bills can be found here.

Legislative session (the time when state lawmakers get together in Tallahassee to make laws) begins March 2 and lasts through April 30. 
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My Hypothetical Experience with Micro-dosing Psilocybin Mushrooms

It is hard to remember a time when I was not struggling with depression and anxiety.

It became so severe that were times I felt like a burden on my friends and family and thought maybe they would be better off without me.  As those thoughts began coming more frequently, and became more intense, I felt exhausted, scared, and open to committing to a new anti-depressant treatment regimen… I had to save myself!

Big Fungi, Not Big Pharma

I cannot recall exactly when I “hypothetically” started micro-dosing with psilocybin, the hallucinogenic component of magic mushrooms, but the experience has been profound.  In the past, I have had incredible experiences with macro-dosing psilocybin, but this is different.  A macro-dose for someone familiar with psychedelics is 3.5 to 5 grams of psilocybin containing mushrooms, while a micro-dose is just 0.1 to 0.3 grams.  Macro-dosing about once a month or so is how I reconnect myself with the universe and reset myself physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally.  A macro-dose for someone with little to no psychedelic experience would be 1.5 grams.

Micro Pslio

There are different methods of micro-dosing with psilocybin.  First, I hypothetically tried the “one day on, two days off” method that seemed to be the most popular, but I was not feeling enough relief.  Next, I hypothetically tried Paul Stamets method of micro-dosing five days in a row, followed by a restorative break of two days.  During the first five days I noticed I had more energy, slightly more clarity in my thoughts, and suffered far fewer depressive episodes.  But then came the first restorative break. It was rough. I was majorly depressed and crying again.  Is it Monday yet? Can I take my next dose?

To my surprise the next restorative break five days later was less rough. And the one after that even better. It has been about seven hypothetical weeks now and I feel incredible, even on the “off days.”   On a scale 1 to 10, I would rate my depression now at a one or two, where it used to be a 20!  I am no longer experiencing suicidal depression and my heart breaks for anyone who is currently struggling.  I am happier than I have been in years!

The Magic in the Mushrooms

Psilocybin stimulates neurological receptors and improves our brain’s chemistry naturally.  Micro-dosing tells areas of our brain that are not accustomed to communicating to connect.  This dampens our Default Mode Network (DMN), the part of our brain, where conceptualizing the future, reminiscing about the past, daydreaming, and self-reflection happen.  Staying in this mental space might seem harmless, but leads to feelings of fear, regret, sadness, frustration, anger, and desperation.

Psilocybin shares a similar structure to and mimics serotonin, stimulating the 5-HT2A serotonin receptors in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.   A balance in serotonin helps balance and reduce the severity of mood disorders, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, PTSD, and addiction.  When serotonin levels are normal, we feel happier, calmer, increased productivity, more focused, less anxious, improved athletic coordination, balanced energy, improved relationships, enhanced ability to empathize, more emotional stability, and increased creativity.

Magic mushrooms grow commonly in the wild from forests to cow pastures.  Anyone planning on trying them, should seek personal guidance from someone with psychedelic experience – start low and go slow and (on a day when they have nothing important to do). 

Certain strains of mushrooms, like Albino Penis Envy and Enigma can cause anxiety, even taken as a micro-dose. Most people new to psychedelics are advised to have someone nearby who is aware of what they are doing and prepared to help.  Keep in mind psilocybin is still listed as a schedule one substance and is still federally illegal (remember this is all hypothetical). 

My hope, with every bit of my soul, is to give anyone struggling with depression hope.  Eating just 0.1g of psilocybin mushrooms a day for five days can hypothetically change everything. 


Why THC Limits and Medical Marijuana Taxes Need to Be Stopped

I’m going to inject my opinion about the Florida legislature’s recent efforts to cap THC content for MEDICAL marijuana at 10%, as well as impose a rather hefty tax. 

After seven years of serving as a Florida Registered Nurse (in the hospital, home health and 4 years in Medical Marijuana), it’s clear to me that we have two major health crises here in Florida that need to be addressed immediately: opioid addiction and the lack of mental health care. 

When I worked in the hospital, I had patients who would injure themselves deliberatley so that they could be re-admitted and receive pain medication. They were addicted to them. We lost so many patients as a result of addiction and the insane amount of pharmaceutical medications prescribed by physicians, paired with the increasing tolerance of patients.  Some of my closest friends have had their lives ruined over the use of legally prescribed opioids and benzodiazepines.  But we don’t see them making any effort to stop that, do we?  What’s their real agenda?

Let’s first discuss the 10% THC cap on MEDICAL marijuana. 

Isn’t that discriminatory against patients, like myself, who receive the most relief from smoking medicine?  Smokable cannabis flower provides me with the immediate relief I just can’t get from other methods.  I use MEDICAL marijuana for debilitating pain associated with endometriosis and polycystic ovaries syndrome, as well as for treating anxiety and major depressive disorder.  The THC percentage range that works best for me is 18-22%.  What do they propose I do to feel relief? Like many others, pharmaceuticals never worked for me. They made me feel numb.  Why is there no effort to limit the strength of pharmaceutical medications being prescribed that are harming our citizens?

Now let’s talk about this hefty tax on MEDICAL marijuana. 

We must consider that PATIENTS are paying an annual fee of $75 to the state and are required to pay out of pocket – not covered by insurance – for the doctor referral.

PEOPLE are SUFFERING and DYING, not only those dealing with addiction or mental health issues, but also their family, friends, co-workers and communities.  Some of these people could benefit from medical marijuana. 

Many have lost their businesses/jobs due to current climate of our world.  Why would they want to place hefty taxes on these people who are suffering?  Is it because they have the option to get free, not to mention addictive pharmaceuticals from our government?  Hmmm. 

Let’s not forget recreational dispensaries were closed in other states being deemed non-essential and non-addictive, while liquor stores stayed open because of the severe withdrawal and addiction.  

Forget the taxes, we need to allow home grow!

We all need to wake up our leaders as to the false stigma that has been placed on cannabis.


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