The majority of people who come to me to learn how to release their difficult emotions report that they’ve historically coped by taking cannabis to make them feel better. I understand this, as back in the day I used to do this for myself to counteract feelings of crippling anxiety.
Hence, I know how important marijuana medicine is to countless people looking to feel better both mentally and physically.
So did you see earlier this week that the U.S. women’s basketball star who was caught in Russia with vape cartridges containing less than a gram of cannabis oil(!) is now being moved to a Russian penal colony to serve the nine years leveled against her?
Her lawyers say they have no idea of her whereabouts or where they’re taking her; it’s reported that Russian penal colonies are known for their lack of hygiene and access to medical care with inmates often subjected to manual labor.
The athlete, 32-year-old Brittney Griner, was arrested after the vape cartridges were found in her luggage. She was charged by the Russian authorities for “smuggling drugs.” Her lawyers reported that she actually had a doctor’s note for cannabis use to treat pain! But since any use of cannabis is illegal in Russia – that made no difference. (There’s speculation that Russia is using her case for political leverage – and that’s why they’re being extra hard on her.)
Brittney Griner doing hard time in Russia because of her cannabis medicine
Brittney’s situation was on the forefront of my mind as I watched the U.S. returns coming in from the five states that had ballot initiatives on adult cannabis legalization… voters in Missouri and Maryland said “Yes!” while Arkansas and North and South Dakota rejected adult legalization.

Juxtaposing the Two Scenarios is Jaw-Dropping! 

What we have going on in the United States is light-years ahead of the draconian cannabis laws in Russia and other places in the world like Singapore, China and Saudi Arabia.
While the more conservative U.S. states grapple with legalization, the U.S. federal government is busting some moves. As we know, President Biden took steps to pardon and expunge the records of those convicted of simple possession and is urging governors to do the same in their respective states. The President is also taking under review the current status of cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug, which is a big deal since right now cannabis is categorized, among other things, as having no accepted medical use. Eye roll 🙄.
And earlier this week it was announced that long anticipated federal legislation is expected to be introduced before the end of the year that could lift a combo of financial restrictions for cannabis businesses and also provide meaningful changes in what’s called “social equity” …that is setting aside licenses for dispensaries, producers and growers to benefit those communities (i.e. the Black community) historically harmed by the war on drugs – and specifically the war on cannabis!
We could moan and groan about the molasses pace this evolution is taking but, when you look at other parts of the world, the United States is, in fact, a global leader and role model for cannabis legalization.
Are you personally satisfied or frustrated with the pace of progress? Drop down to the comments section and let me know your thoughts!

With Love,


P.S. This month also marks the 10-year anniversary of the first states to legalize cannabis for adult-use in Colorado and Washington State.
Personally, that will always be a holy day anniversary for me because it’s those laws that allowed me to introduce my “Cannabis Elevation Ceremonies” in Denver when I lived there.
Beautiful memories of starting my emotions work in Denver. I’ll soon be resuming my online sessions. Go here to get yourself on the interest list.