NYC Sets Out To Be “Most Equitable And Inclusive Cannabis Industry In The Nation”

This Tuesday, January 24th, 2023, Smacked Village will have the soft opening of the second dispensary to open in NYC! Owner and operator, Roland Connor, is one out of twenty-eight individual licensees, and the first to open their NYC cannabis dispensary. They join forces with the non-profit dispensary Housing Works Cannabis Co. who was the first dispensary to open their doors on December 29, 2022. They are one out of the eight non-profit licensees.

In March of 2022, NYC state officials announced that the first adult-use dispensary licenses would be issued to qualifying individuals, specifically with Cannabis convictions. And that’s just what they did! Processes were set in place to prioritize cannabis license applicants who were impacted the most by the war on drugs. In total the Cannabis Control Board, or CCB, issued 36 Conditional Adult-Use Retail Dispensary licenses to applicants with cannabis-related convictions; 28 to qualifying individuals. and 8 to qualifying non-profit organizations.

In a public statement, NY Gov. Kathy Hochul stated, “This dispensary is the latest example of our efforts to build the most equitable and inclusive cannabis industry in the nation.”, and according to Tremaine Wright, Chair of the CCB, “Dispensaries with ownership like this one exemplify our commitment to building a nation-leading model for establishing an equitable cannabis industry that works to offset the harms caused by the disproportionate enforcement of cannabis prohibition.”

Roland Conner is one of the first trailblazers to set the example for the rest of the NYC cannabis community! According to a statement in the New York Post, “he has a “healthy skepticism and caution” moving forward as one of the first licensees.

It definitely appears NYC is taking the correct measures to ensure our peoples are being looked out for in this rising cannabis industry, but there are still some who feel the application requirements were designed to exclude them.

Is NYC really doing everything they can to say they have the most equitable and inclusive Cannabis Industry in the nation with their current opportunity initiatives? Where do you guys feel it needs improvement? LEAVE YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW.

Smacked Village is set to open at 144 Bleecker Street in Manhattan on Tuesday, January 24 at 10:00 AM.

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HEMPCRETE: THE BUILDING MATERIAL OF THE PAST AND FUTURE

What is Hempcrete?

Hempcrete, or Hemp-Lime, is a strong eco-friendly building material. It is a concoction of four parts industrial hemp hurd, to one part water, then one part lime based binder, in that order. Although research has shown hemp being used to build structures for thousands of years, most of the data on using it in construction has been lost. Modern society just recently in the late 1980’s re-discovered hempcrete in France, and they have been studying it ever since.


Hurd, or Shives, refers to a mound of splintered or shredded plant-fibers, like wood fibers often used to make paper. Industrial Hemp hurd is made from the inner part of the cannabis stalk.


Hempcrete Approved for U.S. Residential Construction

As we mentioned, Hempcrete is a sustainable construction material that has been used in France for a long time now, and more recently Canada jumped on the bandwagon. Despite its outstanding sustainable properties, federal hemp prohibition in the U.S. made it impossible to get it approved for official U.S. building codes. This changed in September 2022, when hempcrete was approved for U.S. residential construction in 49 out of 50 states. Although the changes are not expected to take effect until 2024, businesses in the U.S. who have been using hemp materials for years are starting to come out and reveal the true nature of some of their materials. In this article I will briefly touch on all the great attributes of hempcrete, but I’d really like to focus on the resolution to the challenges we currently face with this amazingly resourceful building material. I’m a strong believer that there is a solution to everything!



Hempcrete’s Resourcefulness

Hempcrete is strong, fibrous, and flexible enough to be shaped into bricks, panels, sheets, coverings, and can even be sprayed into cavities. It’s lighter, and not as brittle as concrete.

Benefits of Building with Hempcrete.

Research and studies have shown that hempcrete has many sustainable properties that make it beneficial for building homes.

To name a few of these properties:

Even with all of these benefits we are still facing some challenges, but none that we can’t overcome!

Challenges With Hempcrete

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The following are some drawbacks we are facing according to this article, Biggest Disadvantages of Hempcrete as a Building Material, and an interview with Rocky Mountain Hemp Build!

Challenge 1: Knowledge – Wayofleaf.com claims there are not enough companies to model who are using hempcrete in building projects.

Opportunity:  As mentioned earlier, businesses who have been using hemp products for years are now starting to reveal the true ingredients of some of their materials. For example, Just BioFiber and their awesome hemp blocks! Many other companies are becoming open to learning about and newly integrating hempcrete in their construction work as well! So although there are still some challenges to learn about and overcome, there are plenty of Hemp companies emerging with information from many years of experience in the U.S. and across the globe

Challenge 2: Limited Uses – Because of it’s breathable texture, wayofleaf.com states that “companies can’t feasibly use hempcrete for marine or underground works.”

Opportunity: There are sources that claim depending on how the hemp is treated, it can indeed be used for building ships. For example, after being treated with tar, Hemp was used to make ships watertight in a process called caulking.

Challenge 3: Not Suitable For Warm Wet Climates- Wayofleaf.com believes in certain climates hempcrete buildings will increase to an uncomfortable indoor temperature.

Opportunity: There are many plant-fiber insulation materials available like, wood fiber, cotton, and cellulose. However, recent studies have actually found that hempcrete differs in its capability of maintaining itself in humid conditions specifically because of the lime-binder. According to a study performed on “The potential of hemp buildings in different climates” hempcrete buildings performed similar to, if not better than, traditional houses in the warmer southern climates.

Challenge 4: Increased Drying Time- Another downfall Wayofleaf.com found is that hempcrete takes several weeks to cure and can be affected by weather conditions during the building process.

Opportunity: Companies are innovating premade hempcrete building materials, which overcomes the challenge of having to build with fresh hempcrete.


Challenge 5: Hemp herd availability– In an interview with Rocky Mountain Hemp Build, we learned that cultivators are struggling to find good processors to produce quality hemp hurd, and shipping hemp for processing is very costly.

Opportunity We need to make strides for (1) more Cannabis Education Programs, while making sure they are accessible to everyone, and (2) Accessible Cannabis business licensing. If cultivators were able to integrate a hemp herd processing facility on premises, or at least nearby, they can cut shipping costs out of the process. Education and accessibility will inspire people to start-up more processing facilities across the country.

Challenge 7: Hempcrete is not load-bearing –  Wayofleaf.com claims construction firms won’t be able use hempcrete in heavy load bearing projects.

Opportunity: This means the hempcrete must be used with a supporting structure like wooden frames to withstand heavy weight. In addition, a recent study treated hemp with rHDPE, a plastic made from High Density recycled Polythene, to increase the mechanical strength of hempcrete. The overall study indicated that a compound of 40% hemp fiber and 60% rHDPE volume, increased it’s tensile strength to 60.2 MPa, significantly surpassing that of concrete. We definitely want to stay away from implementing toxic plastics, however, this give us hope to find other compounds that could potentially be used to increase hempcrete’s load-bearing capacity.



Challenge 7: Less square footage – Since hempcrete walls are made thicker due to its insulating factor, Wayofleaf.com sees this as a major drawback as you will have less living space, and this could potentially lower the value of your home.

Opportunity: If walls were made thinner, could hemp wool be used for insulation to compensate for thickness of the hempcrete walls? This is an idea I’ll have to research more.

Challenge 8: Cost It’s a known fact hempcrete is more expensive than traditional concrete at this time.

Opportunity: One of the major factors of hempcrete being slightly more costly than traditional concrete is the fact that it’s “new”, to us. Due to decades of hemp prohibition, people don’t know much about it, so there aren’t many companies producing it yet. Scarcity drives cost up. High Cannabis taxes also get in the way of being able to keep cost down. So this challenge comes down to the fact that we need more educational programs on hempcrete, access to cannabis business licensing, and improved cannabis tax reforms. As cannabis continues to push forward more cultivators and processors will be in a position to supply affordable hempcrete.

The Future of Hempcrete

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All in all, the opportunities hempcrete has to offer far outweigh the challenges we are currently overcoming. Cannabis reform has everything to do with the success of hempcrete, as we need access to more education as well as businesses to gain access to Cannabis licenses.

Cultivators Needed!

As the industry rapidly grows more cultivators will be needed in the near future, and HeavenlyHerbs is here to help beginner growers get started on their journey. Tap into the next HeavenlyHerbs Learn To Grow Herbs: Beginners Workshop to learn:

  • The 5 phases of cultivating your home grown bud
  • The supplies you’ll need to get started from A to Z
  • How to recycle your plant
  • Q&A sesh following the workshop where you can ask all the questions you’ve had about growing.

Let’s cultivate and create a more sustainable world! Paradise is just a plant away!

Where Can I Get High Off My Own Supply in the U.S.?

Although the late Biggie Smalls advised us all against this practice, this is a question I asked myself back in 2014. Then, two years later, I was in Washington, D.C. legally cultivating my very own home grown bud! You’d be surprised how many states have legalized home cultivation. There are still various limitations of course, but the silver lining is: you can get it done legally! In this day and age, learning how to self medicate is crucial. 

Throughout your research you will find there are states that have legalized cultivation for both medicinal and adult-use (21+), however, other states have legalized cultivation for medicinal use only. This means there will be extra measures you will need to take before you can legally cultivate at home. Although we will review the states that allow home cultivation to some degree, make sure to do your own thorough research on your specific county and municipal laws before starting your grow!

Legal Home Cultivation By State

Last Update 12/16/2022

ALASKA 

In Alaska, they permit up to 6 plants per adult 21+, and only 3 of those plants can be mature (flowering). No more than 24 plants per household, and they specify they must be grown in a secure, private location. 

ARIZONA

Arizona, similar to Alaska, permits each adult to grow up to six plants. However, a single household cannot have more than 12 plants, regardless of the number of eligible adults residing there.

CALIFORNIA

California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Currently, California cultivation laws allow adults 21+ to grow up to 6 cannabis plants per residence, not per individual. Some cities and counties have specific rules for home grows, such as permit requirements or requiring grows to be on your personal property and grown indoors. 

COLORADO

Colorado, similar to Alaska and Arizona, permits up to 6 plants per adult 21+, and only 3 of those plants can be mature. As mentioned previously, make sure to do thorough research on local restrictions specific to your city because some have implemented additional restrictions. For example, in Denver they have limited cultivation to a maximum of 12 plants per household, even if there are three or more adults over the age of 21 in the residence.

CONNECTICUIT

In October of 2021, Connecticut approved for Medical marijuana patients 18 years and older to grow up to 3 mature and 3 immature plants at home, with a cap of 12 total plants per household. They are to be grown indoors at primary residence, and where individuals under 21 can not access the plants. Beginning July 2023, these cultivation laws will apply to all adults 21+. Until then, you must be a medical marijuana patient to legally cultivate in Connecticut.

HAWAII

Qualified medical marijuana patients can grow their own in Hawaii. They are permitted up to 10 plants in the main residence that is owned by the patient and/or caregiver, with no more than 10 plants.

ILLINOIS

Home cultivation in Illinois is legal. however, only if you have a Medical Cannabis Card. But as long as you’re 21+ you are free to grow up to 5 cannabis plants in your home outside of public view and with permission from the owner of course. Plants must be in a locked room, with no access to anyone under 21.

MAINE

Maine’s laws allow for adults 21+ to cultivate up to 3 flowering plants, 12 immature plants and unlimited seedlings. Make sure to follow through and learn the guidelines you must follow to stay compliant.

MARYLAND

Maryland is one of the most recent states to legalize home cultivation, which does not go into effect until July 2023. It’s not until then, adults 21+ will be permitted to grow up to two cannabis plants in their homes for their own personal use.

MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts allows for adults 21+ to grow up to 6 plants in their home, with a maximum of 12 plants per household. The plants can’t be visible from a public place without the use of binoculars, aircraft or other optical aids, and they must be grown in an area that has a lock or security device to not be accessible to individuals under 21.

MICHIGAN

Michigan allows cultivation for adult-use, and individuals 21+ may grow up to 12 marijuana plants at their residence only. An adult may not grow marijuana plants “if the plants are visible from a public place” or if the plants are growing outside of a secure area.

MISSOURI 

Missouri is one of the few states that allows 18 year old medical patients to cultivate at home. Not only do you need Dr.’s approval, but you will also need to apply for a cultivation license. Thoroughly research your specific county and municipal regulations before you start your grow!

MONTANA

Montana is another state that approved home cultivation for medical patients 18+, in 2021. They are allowed up to 4 mature plants and 12 seedlings. As far as individuals with no medical conditions are concerned, adults 21+ may cultivate up to two mature plants and two seedlings for private use in a private residence, subject to certain restrictions. Like most state regulations the plants may not be visible to the public.

NEVADA

Nevada has approved adults 21+ to legally grow cannabis plants at home. But the catch is, only if there is not a state-licensed retail cannabis store within 25 miles of the home! Only then can you cultivate up to 6 plants per person, but no more than 12 plants per household. The plants must be grown out of public view and it must be equipped with a lock or other security device. Cannabis county and municipal laws will vary, so make sure to do thorough research on your local laws before you start your grow!

NEW MEXICO

New Mexico cultivation laws allow adults to cultivate up to six mature and six immature cannabis plants at home, with a maximum of 12 mature plants per household.

NEW YORK 

New Yorkers 21 years of age and older can grow up to 6 cannabis plants in their home for personal use (3 mature plants and 3 immature plants) and a maximum of twelve plants per household (6 mature plants and 6 immature plants). 

OKLAHOMA

In Oklahoma, you must first obtain a medical card before you can start cultivating your own. It also has to be done on property you own, or you need written permission to grow from the property owner. Patient card holders may have six mature plants and six immature plants and make sure your plants are out of site from the public view!

OREGON

Oregonians can home grow up to four plants per residence, regardless of how many people live in the residence. Four adults in one residence does not mean 16 plants. The limit is four per residence.

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island’s Cannabis Act allows registered medical card holders 21+ to Cultivate up to six plants (of which only three may be mature) at private residences. Like most other states, it must be grown out of public view! As of December 1, 2022, medical marijuana patients and their caregivers will no longer have to pay a fee to grow their own medical marijuana but will still need to register with the CCC.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Amendment A would have approved recreational users to grow at home if they lived in an area where there were no licensed marijuana dispensaries. However, that initiative was struck down in July 2021 by the supreme court.

Until this ruling is overturned, only medical card applicants may apply to cultivate up to two flowering plants and two immature plants that are not flowering in their home.

VERMONT

Vermont allows personal cultivation limited to two mature cannabis plants and four immature cannabis plants regardless of how many adults 21+ reside in the residence. Some other regulations may apply, so make sure to check your local laws before you begin cultivation.

VIRGINIA

In Virginia, adults 21+ may cultivate up to four plants for personal use at their main place of residence. Precautions must be taken to prevent unauthorized access by persons under 21.

WASHINGTON 

In the state of Washington, you must have a qualifying medical condition to grow at home. If you register yourself in the state database to cultivate, patients may grow 6 to 15 plants for their own medicinal use depending on a doctor’s recommendation. The law also allows registered patients to form cooperatives to pool resources to grow plants. Cooperatives must be registered. A non-registered patient may grow up to 4 plants. Make sure to thoroughly review your local county laws to stay compliant!

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

D.C. permits residences to cultivate up to six marijuana plants in their household, no more than three of which are mature. 

Start Your Home Cultivation!

If you live in a state that has been approved for home cultivation, be sure to research and make note of the guidelines your local municipalities are enforcing to stay compliant!

When you’re ready to take the leap, register for the next HeavenlyHerbs Learn to Grow Herb: Beginners Workshop where you will learn:

  • The 5 phases of cultivating your home grown bud
  • The supplies you’ll need to get started from A to Z
  • How to recycle your plant
  • Q&A sesh following the workshop where you can ask all the questions you’ve had about growing.

Let’s cultivate and create a more sustainable world! Paradise is just a plant away!

My Connection to Growing Bud Is Spiritual!

It might sound crazy, but it’s true! Learning how to cultivate these plants deepened my relationship with our Almighty Creator. It opened me up to see how energies flow through this universe on a whole other level, and how we are all connected, down to the plants, and beyond!

When I first started growing I had to start from scratch and mostly with online mentors to get a sense of direction. Eventually I realized there was so much they could teach me, but there was a major part of growing I needed to cultivate myself. I started with 3 strains; Jack Herrer, Missing in Barcelona, and Royal Gorilla. I would spend hours observing the plants. From the soil, to the stems, each leaf, bottom of the leaves, examining every sugar leaf and crystal. Don’t get me started on when the beautiful buds started blossoming! Lord knows my heart, mind, body, and soul spoke to them, and they spoke to me. I was able to feel what they needed and it allowed me to help them thrive! I’m also a major perfectionist and needed to make sure they were being raised PERFECTLY so I could have PERFECT Bud! Isn’t that what we all want!

Well I have to say, developing my connection with my plants and making sure I gave them 100% of what they needed, 100% of the time, paid off! My buds were full and luscious and although I knew there was room for improvement, friends and Fam were quite impressed at my first go around. But after I harvested my plants I realized how much more of the plant was left after removing the buds, and it really started to make my mind churn.

I started to research how to make what was left of my cannabis plants resourceful, and man did it blow my mind! But once I learned it could be used to build homes with insulation, build and supply vehicles with fuel, and the list goes on 50k+ more resources. My whole paradigm shifted.

I was raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and as many Christian religions believe, I was taught that a new time was coming and soon we’d be living in a perfect paradise on Earth. We must be good Christian’s, stay alert, and be prepared. Since a baby my parents taught me that we would need to rebuild the Earth after Armageddon and God would turn the world into that paradise. Although a lot has been skewed along the line, I do find truth in a lot of what I was taught. I know that God uses people to accomplish Their will on Earth. My creator has inspired me to contribute to creating that new paradise on Earth in more ways than just one. Why wait until after Armageddon to start learning how to be resourceful and rebuild? Let’s be resourceful now! Why wait to be healed? Let’s begin healing now! God has blessed us with this Earth to supply us with everything we need to heal and thrive! Even if we’re not here, these are things we need to teach the generations to come, our children. So I’ve vowed to continue to sharpen my craft at growing and be able to supply affordable resources for the world with my plants.

Many of us recognize we live in a global system that is crumbling, but there is indeed a rainbow that follows, and yes it is important for us to be prepared. One way we prepare is by remembering our connectedness to one another no matter what we look like or where we come from. No matter how religious or non religious. Spiritual or non spiritual. We are all ONE with each other, the animals, the plants and our beautiful Mother Earth, Gaia. We all need each other to survive! Let’s do our part to help rebuild our world in a new positive light.

I will be hosting a workshop for those who would like some direction with growing Cannabis on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 3 PM EST. Register to learn what it takes to grow at home on a budget!

In this workshop you will learn:
•The 5 phases of cultivating quality bud.
•Everything you will need to supply your grow.
•How to recycle your plant parts.
And ask all the questions you’ve had about growing your own! We’ll be having a live Q&A sesh. PLUS All Participants Will Receive the Official Heavenly Herbs Grow Manual!

Let’s think big! Paradise is just a plant away! 🌿

National Hispanic Cannabis Council Releases First-Ever ‘State of the Hispanic Cannabis Industry in the U.S.’ Report

This year the National Hispanic Cannabis Council took it upon themselves to release a new report, the first-ever of its kind. The report highlights the current underrepresentation of Hispanics in the Cannabis industry, the barriers they face, and opportunities for improvement. HeavenlyHerbs’ very own CEO, Rachele Sanchez, had the honor to be interviewed for this exclusive report. Check out her highlight on page 19!