Portfolio Category: Portfolio: Health

Colorado to Consider Flavour Ban to Reduce e-Cig Consumption

Lawmakers in Colorado will soon be considering a new bill that would ban the sale of all flavoured tobacco products. The aim of the new law would be to curb the consumption of e-cigarettes by youth, in a state that has seen adolescent use of flavoured vaping products surge in recent years. The bill would…
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How Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Maria Changed The Way We Grow Cannabis

In 2007, my husband Raul* and I decided to leave our corporate jobs behind and buy an organic farm. Feeling unfulfilled with the drudgery that comes with sitting behind a desk, day after day, we left the daily grind of California and bought an 18-acre farm in the interior of the Caribbean island of Puerto…
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Op-ed: 6 Reasons People of Color Should Grow Their Own Food

In November 2007, my husband and I decided to leave our jobs in biotech, sell our Southern California suburban house, and buy an organic farm. Although we knew <em">what we wanted to do, we had no clue where we would do it. The only thing we knew for certain is that it would have to…
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Cannabis And Cancer: Coincidence, Or A Viable Treatment Option?

Few things strike fear in people the way a cancer diagnosis can. Who gets cancer and who survives it can be very complex. A combination of age, race, sex (distinct from gender), environment, diet, type of cancer, lifestyle, stress level, weight, overall health, early detection and family history are all factors in diagnoses and survival…
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Selling Pot is Still Not Easy

March 31, 2021, was a historic day for New Yorkers, when Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis. Cuomo sweetened the pot for two groups of people with a lot of crossover: Over the next two years, the state will expunge the records of approximately 150,000 New York residents previously convicted on cannabis…
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These 4 Women Are Addressing Social Equity In The Cannabis Industry Now

The number of ancillary businesses in the cannabis industry in the United States is unknown because new ventures form daily. From drones and point-of-sale systems to clean rooms, seed-to-sale technology, dehumidification technology and more, it’s no wonder cannabis is a $24-billion industry in the U.S. However, as with many industries, the cannabis industry is severely…
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Angie Franklin and the Afro Yoga Movement

About a year ago, I took up yoga. Although I’d been curious about it for decades, I hadn’t dared try it for two reasons: I have a version of ataxia, and I feared the standing poses in particular could prove dangerous for me with the seven degenerative discs in my lower back. But my dear…
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3 Sustainable Ways to Combat Covid-19 Stress And Weight Gain

Over the last week, several media outlets in both Canada and the United States have reported some unsurprising news: the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t been very kind to our waistlines.  On average, one-third of Canadians gained five or more pounds since this time a year ago when sheltering-in-place began. By contrast, 61 percent of Americans gained…
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