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SWADE CANNABIS PARTNERS WITH LAST PRISONER PROJECT

January 26, 2021 (St. Louis, MO) Swade Cannabis is honored to be the first in Missouri to partner with the Last Prisoner Project and the Roll It Up for Justice Program. LPP is a team of cannabis industry leaders, criminal and social justice advocates, policy and education experts, and influencers in social justice and drug policy reform that are committed to freeing every last prisoner of the unjust war on drugs, starting with 40,000 people in prison for cannabis offenses legal in most states.

As the United States moves away from the criminalization of cannabis, giving rise to a major new industry, there remains the fundamental injustice inflicted upon those who have suffered criminal convictions and the consequences of those convictions. Through intervention, advocacy and awareness campaigns, the forces behind the LPP will work to rework the past and halt continuing with the harms of these unjust laws and policies, striving to ensure that every last victimless cannabis prisoner walks free.

The Roll It Up For Justice Program, specifically, is a nationwide campaign encouraging cannabis business to give customers the opportunity to donate to Last Prisoner Project at check out. Small change can make a big impact, and every cent raised through the program gets us closer to the day when every last cannabis prisoner is set free.

“Swade recognizes the responsibility to assist in helping to end the inequality and injustice that persists in the cannabis arena,” said Jack Haddox, Director of Dispensary Operations. “Last Prisoner Project has made incredible progress towards its mission and Swade is proud to contribute to such a committed advocacy group that is facilitating such a meaningful change.”

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12 Days of Christmas Infused Recipes

First Day

The Ardent FX Infuser

The Ardent FX is an all-in-one activation, infusion, melting, and baking appliance requiring no prior cannabis, cooking, or baking experience to use.

  • Decarboxylate, extract, infuse, melt, and bake all in one appliance
  • Full activation and infusion of THC, CBD, CBG and other cannabinoids
  • Use any plant material (including flower, kief, and concentrate)
  • Odorless
  • Stainless steel cavity
  • 4 different settings for a full range of activation, infusion, melting, baking and more
  • Detachable base for easy clean up
  • No minimum material amount, work with up to 4 oz of plant material at a time
  • Perfect as a personal cooking and crafting device in addition to all of it’s cannabis capabilities

Suitable for smaller kitchen spaces and workspaces without kitchens (no need for an oven, double boiler, or crock pot.) Switch between modes by pressing the “M” button, and start the cycle by pressing the Ardent “A. Mention code RUDOLPH to receive a special discount at our SWADE Dispensary in St. Peters. 

Second Day

Elevated Peppermint Patties

If you love york peppermint patties and cannabis, then you will enjoy the best of both world with this infused edible recipe. This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients and they are easy and fun to make for the holidays. 

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp  softened canna-butter
  • 2 tbsp softened butter
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1-2 tsp peppermint extract (add more or less to your liking)
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 cups dark chocolate
  • chocolate jimmies for that special touch (optional)

Instructions

  • Combine butter, corn syrup, extract and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Mix with an electric mixer for about 3 minutes, until ingredients are well combined and are sticking together like dough.
  • Remove dough from bowl and break off about 2 teaspoon-sized sections. Roll into a ball and gently flatten with your hands. For added fun you can roll the dough out and use a fun small cookie cutter. Put patties down on a pan lined with parchment paper. Place pan in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until firm. This will help them hold their shape when dipping them in the melted chocolate.
  • Melt chocolate in microwave for 1 minute 20 seconds. Let sit for an additional minute in the microwave. Remove and gently stir. Remove peppermint patties from freezer. Use a fork to dip each patty in the chocolate, flip to coat the other side, then tap to remove any excess. Transfer chocolate coated patties to wax paper to cool. Top with chocolate jimmies if you want to make them fancy.

Third Day

Overnight french Toast

If you prefer to sleep in like we do, you will love this wonderful infused overnight french toast recipe.  All the work is done ahead of time and this scrumptious breakfast goes from the oven to your table in a matter of minutes, so you can relax and take it easy this holiday!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp  canna-butter melted
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 loaf french bread sliced 1 inch thick
  • 12 eggs beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp real maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1/3 walnuts chopped 
  • whipped cream optional

Instructions

  • Slice bread into 1″ thick slices and let dry on the counter for a couple of hours (or place in a 300°F oven for 10 minutes using caution not to brown the bread)
  • Place melted butter and brown sugar on a large rimmed baking sheet (mine was 17.5″ x 12.5″). Mix well and spread on the bottom of the pan.
  • Arrange bread in the pan over the brown sugar.
  • Combine eggs, milk, vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon
  • Sprinkle with chopped walnuts. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight
In the Morning…
  • Remove the pan from the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for 20 minutes
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Bake for 30 minutes ensuring that the french toast doesn’t brown
  • Serve with maple syrup and whipped cream

 

 

Fourth Day

Peanut Butter Blossoms

A new take on a holiday classic cookie recipe! The perfect combination of sweet and salty with these peanut butter cookies topped with a chocolate kiss, plus infused with cannabis. Let’s get baked and get baking. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp canna-butter softened
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg room temp
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda 
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 granulated sugar for rolling
  • 36-48 chocolate kisses unwrapped

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, add brown sugar, ½ cup granulated sugar, softened butters, and peanut butter.  Using a hand mixer (or stand mixer if you have one), beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add egg and vanilla and beat until well mixed.  Add flour, baking soda, and salt, and beat on LOW until combined and no flour streaks remain.  Scrape the bowl if needed.
  • Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or more.  Add unwrapped chocolate kisses to a bowl and refrigerate as well, until ready to add to baked cookies.
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 375°F.  Line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper and set aside.  Add final ½ cup granulated sugar to a small shallow bowl, and set aside.
  • Place approximately 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheet and bake 9-10 minutes, until lightly golden brown and tops of cookies have a cracked appearance.
  • Press a chocolate kiss into the center of each cookie, then remove to a cooling rack to continue cooling.

 

Fifth Day

Ham & Cheese Sliders

Mouthwatering ham and swiss cozy between hawaiian rolls and doused in canna buttery dijon, onion, and poppy seed topping. These are any canna-foodies favorite…Mmmmm! 

Ingredients

  • One 12-count package Hawaiian sweet rolls, sliced in half
  • 3/4 pound cooked deli ham thinly sliced
  • 3/4 pound Swiss cheese thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup canna-butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9×9-inch or 9×13-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  • Using a large serrated knife, slice the rolls in half so you have a ‘slab’ of tops and a ‘slab’ of bottoms; don’t pull the rolls apart and slice individually because you want to keep them connected. Place the bottom ‘slab’ of rolls in prepared pan.
  • Evenly layer about half of the ham over the rolls.
  • Evenly layer the cheese.
  • Evenly layer the remaining ham.
  • Add the top ‘slab’ of rolls; set aside.
  • To a medium microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute.
  • Add the mustard, poppy seeds, onion, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and whisk to combine.
  • Evenly and slowly pour the butter mixture over the rolls. Use a spatula to spread the mixture over the tops. Some of the mixture will pool at the base of the rolls.
  • Cover with aluminum foil and allow rolls to stand at room temp for about 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Bake covered for about 20 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Uncover and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until as done as desired. Baking time will vary based on the size of pan used, climate and oven variances, etc. Bake until as done as desired; watch to make sure they don’t burn since all ovens and ingredients vary. Slice into individual sliders and serve immediately. Sliders are best warm and fresh.

Sixth Day

Holly Leaf Treats

These beautiful holly leaf treats are very similar to rice krispy treats, but they are made with cornflakes instead of rice krispies. The addition of canna-butter takes these cute little treats to a whole new level. Did we mention this is a no bake recipe? Shape them into cluster  to mimic holly or in a round shape to make a wreath. So much FUN!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup canna-butter melted
  • 30 large marshmellows
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp green food coloring
  • 3 1/2 cups cornflakes
  • red hot cinnamon candies

Instructions

  • In a large pot, melt the butter and marshmallows over medium heat, stirring constantly. Add the vanilla and food coloring. Stir in the corn flakes. 
  • Grease a spoon and drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet, or vegetable oil sprayed wax paper. Place 3 red cinnamon candies on each bunch of “holly,” pressing slightly so they stick.
  • Let sit until they have cooled and set

Seventh Day

Salted Caramel Sauce

We call it Holidrizzle and it is super easy to make and a perfect homemade gift for all your cannabuddies. Only 5 ingredients and a few tricks in our instructions below and you will create a delectable salted caramel sauce you could literally put on anything.    

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup canna-butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • In a medium heavy duty saucepan combine sugar and water until completely saturated.
  • Heat over medium until all the sugar granules have dissolved and turn clear. No need to stir. 
  • Caramel can be tricky so here a few tips we have learned, add a dash of lemon juice to help prevent crystallization. Putting a lid on the saucepan will help to prevent crystals from forming on the sides of the pan. 
  • Once the melted sugar caramelizes and turns a dark amber color, turn heat off and add in butter and heavy cream. 
  • Last step, stir in sea salt and let cool.
  • Once cooled you can poor into an airtight container and store in your fridge. 
  • It’s that easy!

Eighth Day

Goat Cheese & Marinara

This tapas style dish is so effortless and easy. It is a showstopper when it comes to holiday parties. A couple of ingredients and a fresh french baguette and you will be on your way to the most delicious elevated appetizer great for any occasion.   

Ingredients

  • 1 jar marinara 23 oz
  • 1 log of goat cheese 4 oz
  • 1/4 cup canna-butter
  • 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red pepper flake
  • 2 tsp parsley
  • 1 french baguette sliced 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a ceramic saucepan (or cast iron skillet) pour in jar of marinara 
  • Add in goat cheese in the center of the pan with the marinara. 
  • Sprinkle red pepper flakes and parsley on top 
  • Bake until sauce is bubbly, approx 25 minutes 
  • Melt butter and stir in garlic paste 
  • Smother each slice of bread with garlic butter.
  • Bake until golden brown approx 15 minutes. 
  • Dip the infused bread in the goat cheese marinara and enjoy!

Ninth Day

Chocolate Chip Cookies

A classic cookie with a altered recipe for our vegan and gluten free friends. Made with cannabis infused coconut oil, this recipe is a game changer!

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup cannabis infused coconut oil  
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 cup almond flour (not almond meal)
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F then line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment (or a large bowl using a hand mixer) combine infused coconut oil and coconut sugar. Mix on high for 1 minute then add vanilla extract and almond milk. Continue to mix for another 30 seconds.
  • With the mixer running add the almond flour first. Next add the oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Continue to mix for about 20 seconds, until a dough forms.
  • Using a spatula, scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl in between mixing to assure all of the ingredients are combined. If the dough appears dry and crumbly, try allowing it to mix for longer. If it’s still crumbly, try adding a tablespoon of milk.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips at the end with a spatula.

  • Using a scooper or a spoon, scoop out about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of dough at a time. Arrange them on the baking sheet with about 2 inches in between each.
  • Bake in the oven for 12-13 minutes, until edges are light golden brown. Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes before serving.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

Tenth Day

Magic Cookie Bars

This recipe is an oldie but a goodie. Coconut lovers will delight in every bite. Enhanced with canna-butter these mouthwatering cookie bars will bring you so much joy. They are simply magical!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup canna-butter melted
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 (1oz ) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cup sweetened flake coconut
  • 1 cup chopped nuts 

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Coat glass of a 11×7 glass baking dish with nonstick spray. 

  • Mix graham cracker crumbs and butter. Press mixture into the bottom of the prepared dish. 
  • Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over the crumb mixture. 
  • Evenly layer the chocolate chips, nuts, and coconut. Packing the ingredients down with a fork.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. 

  • Allow the cookie bars to cool completely before cutting into bars or diamonds. 
  • Store in a covered container at room temperature. 

Eleventh Day

Hot Chocolate Bombs

You have seen these all over TikTok and this version makes these fun treats even better! They are so easy to make and fun to decorate, give them your own unique flair. Experience an infused flavor explosion with these awesome hot chocolate bombs!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp canna-butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • half circle baking mold silicone
  • hot chocolate mix
  • mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips for decorating
  • sprinkles and embellishments you love

Instructions

  • Melt chocolate chips and mix in 2 tablespoons of canna-butter.

  • Using a spoon coat the baking mold with a layer  of melted chocolate until completely coated. Place in the refrigerator to cool completely until hardened. 
  • remove each dome from the mold and coat with remaining chocolate and repeat the step above. 
  • Add hot chocolate and marshmallows (measure with your ❤️ ) to one half of the domes. Heat a microwave safe plate, use this to melt one side of the dome and stick it together with the filled side. Place completed bombs in the fridge to set.
  • Melt white chocolate and place into a piping bag.

  • Drizzle white chocolate on the hot chocolate bombs and sprinkle on the magic with your favorite sprinkles and embellishments. 
  • Store in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Simply pour hot milk (or water) over the top of a bomb inside a holiday mug and enjoy!

Twelfth Day

Salted Caramel Brownies

We originally found this delectable recipe in Food & Wine magazine, but we have altered it slightly to make it easier to bake. Get festive, get baking and get baked with our grand finale to our 12 days of infused recipes!

Ingredients

  • Infused salted caramel sauce from the seventh day
  • 1 package of brownie mix we love Ghirardelli Double Chocolate

You will need:

    • 1/4 cup water
    • 1/3 cup melted canna-butter
    • 1 egg

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degree fahrenheit.

  • Mix ingredients in. a bowl until combined do not over mix
  • Spread mixture into a prepared pan and bake as directed based on what size dish you are using.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Drizzle Salted caramel sauce on top and cut into to squares and serve. 
  • Please consume responsibly this holiday season. 
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The Holiday Gift Guide

Our Team Favorites

Galve Recommends His Favorite Stocking Stuffer UNDOO

“There is much to be said about Undoo “The Cannabis Safety Net.” It’s all natural, with no cannabis, stimulants, sugar, CBD, or caffeine. I would recommend this product for both first time users and experienced alike.

I think it’s important to have something just in case you aren’t enjoying yourself and the effects aren’t what you desired.  I could see how this would be perfect for a beginning user who potentially bites off more than they could chew with an edible or a lifelong user who mixes up a favored strain for one that causes them anxiety and discomfort. I used Undoo softgel the morning after to relieve some of the morning fog that occasionally comes after a night of heavy use. I determined that it does indeed cut through a bit of the residual effects that can daze even the most experienced user. “

Addy Recommends Her Favorite Book “Finding Your Higher Self”

“I really love this book because it encourages me to try new and creative ways to consume cannabis.

I feel like the activities encourage mindfulness in what I’m doing and at times pushes me out of my comfort zone (in a good way!). With all the craziness in the world today, I find that it’s important for me to take time to focus on myself and this book is a friendly and fun reminder to do exactly that.

Some of my favorite recommendations in the book are related to exercise – like trying cannabis with yoga, on a walk, before the hym, etc.. – because the endorphins released after consuming cannabis makes exercise feel less like a chore and more of a thrill.

Rae (Rachel) Recommends The Beautiful – My Bud Vase, Coyote 

“The first product that caught my eye!”

“It is absolutely beautiful and I love the texture.  I love that it isn’t just a bong; I can use this as subtle décor. 

It is nice for special occasions; “My party trick” bong.  Looks like a cute vase, but…nope! Great gift idea for someone who loves art and plants.”

Gavin Recommends GRAV Sip Series – The Coffee Cup

“Picture your favorite coffee mug. That one you pick out every morning to help make sure you have a great day. That same coffee mug you love watching the steam drift out of as you clutch it between your hands, letting the cup’s contents warm you inside and out.

Now imagine if you could smoke out of that mug. Imagine that mug had a long glass straw that you could literally sip your bud out of, and that steam is a huge cloud of smoke just waiting to be imbibed. Sound like a perfect way to start your day? That’s what I thought! And I have been nothing but overjoyed since I got my Grav Sip Series Coffee Cup Water Pipe.

It is by far the smoothest piece I’ve ever used. True to its name, it truly feels like you’re sipping your product, letting you get the taste of every terpene in the arrangement. The glass, and especially the bowl, are sturdy and easy to clean, especially compared to water pipes with long stems that make it difficult to clean the bottom. Each pipe in the series fits intuitively in your hand, so that you don’t have to worry quite as much about it falling out of your hand and breaking.

Overall, these water pipes are just fun. Watching the smoke weave its way through these pipes, from coffee handle to milk carton, is mesmerizing. Their designs are unique and make a great addition to any collection, no matter the size.”

Samantha Recommends Her Favorite From The Feminist Weed Farmer “Growing Mindful Medicine In Your Own Back Yard”

“Madrone Stewart is an AMAZINGLY TALENTED writer, community counselor, and owner of Purple Kite Farms. She lives on her sailboat in Oakland, CA (which sounds exactly like something I would do if life dealt me different cards.) 

I personally connect with this book as I am also a female cultivator, I strongly believe in the power of holistic alternative medicine. I think she did a wonderful job of illustrating her hard-earned knowledge of the plant life cycle & the overall process of cultivation, while breaking it down and using more relatable terms. 

I am motivated and behind her 100%, as far as being an extremely successful woman in a very male-dominated industry. “

Marissa Recommends The GRAV Spherical Pocket Bubbler 

“Grav has truly outdone itself with the spherical pocket bubbler.It’s definitely a must have to add to your collection and brings out all the mad scientist vibes. Easy to handle, easy to clean and hits like a dream! Enjoy it during your personal smoke session or pass it around with friends, either way you’ll be happy you made the purchase!”

Daniel Recommends  Handmade Blown Glass Ornaments By Park Avenue Glass

“Not only are these beautiful ornaments locally made, but such a unique and thoughtful gift this holiday. Now is the time to help each other out as much as possible.  Choosing a hand blown glass ornament not only makes it one of a kind, but also helps support local artists and small businesses during tough times.”

Ro Recommends The Cali Crusher Lock Bag

“As a medical cannabis patient with pets and children in my life, the safety and accessibility of my herbal medication is my first priority. A Colorado study published in the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care reported a four-fold increase in the number of dogs treated for cannabis intoxication between 2005 and 2010, following the timeline of legalization in the state. The Pet Poison Hotline (855-764-7661) has documented a 200% increase in cannabis-ingestion related calls in the past five years alone.

You and I, reader, should both know that children and cannabis do not mix. EVER. A Massachusetts study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention (800-222-1222 nationally) saw a statistically significant increase of accidental pediatric cannabis exposure (from 29 to 69 cases in the four years preceding and following cannabis legalization in the state). Of primary concern were edible and concentrated cannabis products, which pose the greatest risk despite strict state requirements for childproof containers.

My intention is not to fear monger. It is to stress the importance of safety and the responsibility of each and every medical patient to keep our medicine out of the hands and mouths of the vulnerable, unfamiliar, or dangerously curious. For these reasons and others, namely privacy and ease of travel, I recommend keeping your products and accessories in a combination-lock, smell-proof storage bag.”

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Munchie Brunch & Learn Event

 SWADE Cannabis and BeLeaf Life’s Oils are teaming up with the Mellow Mushroom in Cottleville, Missouri to provide an educational event for people who are curious about Missouri Medical Marijuana. SWADE’s Product Specialist’s and Elevate Holistic’s Team will be there to educate and answer any questions that arise around this plant-based alternative.

The Munchie Brunch is happening Sunday December 6, 2020 at 11:00am at the Mellow Mushroom, Cottleville location. The menu will feature a special CBD infused beverage and guests will learn the fundamentals of cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant while enjoying delicious, elevated Mellow Mushroom pizza. Reservations are required for this complimentary event and tickets will sell out quickly.

This event is perfect for individuals who have their Missouri Medical Marijuana Patient card or those seeking to find out more information about qualifying conditions, how to begin the application process, and the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant. This Q&A session is designed to teach and review the 123’s and ABC’s of THC & CBD. “We know there is a lot of interest around medical marijuana including the differences between CBD and THC” says Jack Haddox, General Manager of SWADE Dispensaries, “People have questions and we are here to provide answers within our community.”

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Blunt Talk

Published in STL Magazine September 2020 stlmag.com

By: Amanda Woytus

Mitch Meyers of BeLead Medical

It was the cannabis that caught the cabbie’s attention. A couple of years ago, Mitch Myers was in the back of a cab, on her cell phone when she noticed a young driver eavesdropping. Meyers, who worked in marketing for Anheuser Busch and created Spuds Mackenzie, is now CEO of belief medical, the first medical marijuana company to begin operations in Missouri. There in the cab, she ended her call and started fielding questions from the driver. “When I started explaining to him all the legal issues, the financial issues, the ‘You can’t do this,’ ‘You can’t do that,’ I just watched his shoulder slump,” she remembers. “He said, ‘Oh you mean only rich white guys can participate in this.’ I felt horrible.” Meyers believes that the votes of 1.6 million Missourians who approved the 2018 ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana are indicative of the support BeLeaf will receive from St. Louisans. Now companies —hers included— must address racial equity.

 

ON HOW SHE PLANS TO ADDRESS HISTORICAL RACIAL DISPARITY AND MARIJUANA ARRESTS
Illinois and California have put into place social equity licenses. If someone had a drug conviction five years ago, they would be permitted to apply for a license, and, in fact, their application will be prioritized. Missouri was not willing to go there with social equity licenses, but I’m going to suggest that that’s the future. Now, we have made it a priority to try to recruit people, but it’s hard. If you had a felony conviction within the last seven years, the law just doesn’t permit you to work in the industry. 

 

ON HOW THE DISPENSARIE’S WILL OPERATE IN THE MIDST OF A PANDEMIC: 
Because the state has a tracking system, every time there’s a purchase, we have to see an ID and medical marijuana card. If you get a card, you are only permitted to purchase 4 ounces a month. With COVID-19, we’ll have more people who want delivery and will have people who want to preorder online. People can come to the curb—it’ll be like a carhop service.

 

ONE POSSIBLE ADVANTAGE OF BEING A WOMAN IN THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY: 
I think people listen to me more than they would a man. They think, she’s a mom, she’s a wife, she has taken care of people, versus a man who they think maybe is in the business to make money. We started an organization called MIZ BIZ to bring women into the space, not only to give them jobs, but also to help them understand how to be an owner. We’d like to create a fund to help black women get into ownership positions. I got a call from a woman in Philadelphia who applied for three dispensary licenses. A bunch of attorneys asked her in a friend to be listed on a license application, he is women are considered minorities Ann you get points for having minorities on your application. They sat with these men for a couple of meetings and basically said, “Screw that, we’re going to do this on our own.”

Citation: Amanda Woytus, “Blunt Talk”, St. Louis Magazine, Vol 26, Issue 9, Sept 2020

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Meet our Cultivation Partner, SINSE

A St. Louis based medical marijuana company is the first in the state to begin operations today. BeLeaf Medical’s Sinse cultivation facility in St. Louis County is the first grow operation given the okay to operate by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services after passing all required inspections. BeLeaf Medical has been awarded 3 cultivation licenses, 2 manufacturing licenses and 5 dispensary licenses all in the greater St. Louis area. 

 

“We are privileged to be the first to bring this medicine to the people of Missouri” said Kevin Riggs, BeLeaf Medical President. After winning the licenses in late December and January, BeLeaf has been finalizing the first phase of the cultivation operation with the intent of being operational as soon as possible. The cultivation operation will work under the brand name of Sinse. Sinse is shorthand for Sinsemilla (meaning without seed) or the highly potent flower of the cannabis plant.” 

The Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) has created a process to bring all the licensed entities onboard in accordance with licensing requirements established by the State of Missouri. “While achieving licenses to bring the long awaited medicine to Missourians was the initial and difficult first step for Sinse, finally receiving commencement after rigorous review and inspection of our operations along with the expertise and capabilities from DHSS, was equally gratifying and a testament to the commitment of the BeLeaf/Sinse Team of Associates” said Riggs.

“We are thrilled to begin growing the strains that we know will bring meaningful relief to the medical patients in the state” commented John Curtis, BeLeaf Medical COO. “We plan to have wholesale product for sale in Missouri by 4th quarter this year” Curtis said. Sinse plans to sell bulk and packaged flower to dispensaries. It will also sell pre-packaged flowers in 1/4 and 1/8th jars as well as pre-rolls. 

ABOUT SINSE
SINSE believes that cannabis is for everyone—and we’ve made it our mission to bring consistency, quality, and clarity to the industry. Backed by 12+ years of cultivation 

experience and deep roots in the cannabis community, SINSE offers tried-and-tested formulas to help unlock a healthier mind-body connection, enhance and elevate the everyday, and re-establish a relationship with this age-old health aid. For more information please visit us at www.sinsecannabis.com Interviews and photos available upon request.