Susan Daniel

Fake News? Fentanyl Laced Cannabis Stories Shared, Yet No Actual Cases Have Been Reported

As the deadly synthetic opiate fentanyl snakes through the drug supply across the nation, rumors of cannabis being laced with it are making their way across social media.

On Monday, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman and Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, Hamilton County’s coroner, said that marijuana, like any drug, could be a threat.

Here’s what you should know:

  • Social media posts saying fentanyl is in marijuana have ballooned over the past several weeks.

  • Nonetheless, no authorities reached by The Enquirer could confirm this is the case.

  •  “In regard to marijuana, I’m not familiar with that,” U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Melvin Patterson said.  He’d heard of no cases of fentanyl in marijuana. “There could be,” he said.

  • Lt. Tom Fallon, a Hamilton County Heroin Coalition investigator, said he checked with the county’s narcotics officers and found that so far, no fentanyl/marijuana combination has… Continue reading

Legal Cannabis Hurts Alcohol Sales: Considered Safer Choice by Consumers

The legal weed market appears to be impacting booze’s bottom line.

Data compiled by OutCo and Monocle Research finds that many California twenty-somethings, post-legalization, are switching from beer to pot. Marketers surveyed 2,000 cannabis consumers in seven major California cities. One-third of millennial respondents said that they are choosing cannabis over beer. One out of five acknowledged substituting weed for wine, and 14 percent admitted consuming herb rather than hard alcohol.

Older respondents, including baby boomers, also reported making the switch from booze to pot. According to the survey, 20 percent of Gen Xers and eight percent of boomers similarly acknowledged substituting pot in place of alcohol.

The findings provide further credence to a December 2016 report from the Cowan & Company research firm which determined that beer sales by major distributors – including Anheuser-Busch and MillerCoors – have “collectively underperformed” over the past two… Continue reading

Task Force to Examine Medical Cannabis in Tennessee

A task force consisting of state senators and representatives will soon take a harder look at issues around medical marijuana in Tennessee.

Lt. Governor Randy McNally and speaker Beth Harwell are responsible for appointing lawmakers to the task force. McNally expects those appointments to be made in July.

Rep. Jeremy Faison introduced a bill for medical marijuana in February. He’s optimistic that this joint task force will help both educate the general public on the science of medical marijuana as well as educate lawmakers on the extent of the support to medical marijuana in Tennessee.

“Tennessee has done a great disservice to a lot of people by not allowing them access to a plant that God gave us,” Faison said. “I know and I’ve seen the science of what this plant can do and I’m hoping to bring in professionals from all over the world to be able… Continue reading

The Superfood Benefits of Ingesting Raw Cannabis 

What would you say if I told you weed is the new kale? That’s right! It turns out that the sweet leaf is one of the most nutrition-packed superfoods we’ve encountered. It seems there is so much more to love about cannabis than it’s heat-induced, psychoactive properties.

While raw cannabis won’t get you high, it will provide you with a plethora of nutritional benefits that will make a huge impact on your overall health. In fact, new studies even claim that consuming raw cannabis may cure more ailments than any other method of consumption, such as fibromyalgia, bowel cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases.

So Why Raw Cannabis?

You’ve probably heard about CBD and THC, but have you heard of their precursors, THCa and CBDa? They are what’s known as cannabinoid acids and are the substances from which THC and CBD are derived upon heating. This heating process,… Continue reading

Harvard Study: Smoking Cannabis Actually Improves Brain Function


Don’t believe the hype – cannabis is not a gateway drug, it is a medicine. From helping people naturally relieve their anxiety to literally curing cancer (over 100 studies have validated this), the plant is incredibly therapeutic. Because it is classified as a Schedule 1 drug, however, marijuana is still illegal in many U.S. states.
Fortunately, new findings from a study published in Frontiers In Pharmacology seem to support arguments for its decriminalization. Preliminary investigations by medical researchers from McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Tufts University indicate that pot actually improves cognitive performance.
For the study, entitled “Splendor in the Grass? A Pilot Study Assessing the Impact of Medical Marijuana on Executive Function,” behavioral scientists tracked 24 certified medical marijuana patients over a three-month dosing period. The patients were repeatedly measured for cognitive proficiency through a series of intelligence tests, including… Continue reading

Study: Cannabis Users are Generally More Successful & Happy

A new study debunks yet another marijuana myth that stoners are lazy and unmotivated.

Data firm BDS Analytics conducted a detailed survey of cannabis consumers living in California and Colorado and found that pot users tend to enjoy higher incomes and an overall higher satisfaction with life in general, reports Civilized.

In a report titled “Cannabis Consumers are Happy Campers,” BDS surveyed 2,000 California and Colorado adults, with a quota of 1,200 people who have used marijuana within the past six months.

“One theme that clearly emerges from the research is the overall healthy well-being of cannabis consumers… when compared to ‘acceptors’ (people who do not consume cannabis but might consider it) and ‘rejecters’ (people who do not consume cannabis and would not consider it),” the report reads.

Researchers found that the average annual household income among California cannabis consumers is $93,800, compared to $72,800… Continue reading

Inaugural Tennessee NORML Litter Pick Up Event is a Success

Tennessee NORML would like to thank the 10 volunteers who came out for our first adopt a highway litter pick up event! Our Communications​ Director Susan Daniel was joined by Melody Cashion, Ashley Williams, Phoenix Gillies, Rayanne Coppernoll, Alex Kimpel, Timothy Mills, Jennifer​ Mills, Geraldine Jett and Robert Ralston.

These “Norml Tennesseans” spent four hours walking the sides​ of a 2 mile stretch of highway outside of Murfreesboro picking up trash by hand, and collected 29 bags of trash in total!

They​ braved the heat, humidity and bugs to help us clean our designated section of highway 231 in Christiana. Due to their help, we have now qualified for the installation of signs on both ends of that 2 mile stretch between mile markers 4 through 6 that say Tennessee NORML volunteers have adopted it,and it should be in place 6-8 weeks from now.

These awesome ladies and gentlemen received… Continue reading