Turn Over A New Leaf: Why It Matters

At the beginning of 2019, the city of Denver rolled out a new initiative entitled the “Turn Over A New Leaf” program. From the city website, the program aims to overturn any low-level cannabis offense committed in Denver. This includes possession of less than 1 ounce of cannabis, and cases involving hemp, paraphernalia, or infused products. Since the 4th of July is upon us and is of course focused on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, I thought it would be a good time to talk to this program and why it matters to people. 

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Failed War on Drugs

It’s no secret that the American public feels as though the so-called “War on Drugs” was a huge failure. With public opinion on cannabis constantly on the rise, it’s clear that times are changing. Additionally, these policies have cost American citizens billions of tax dollars between police resources, court proceedings, and incarceration. And while legalization is an important first step, if we as a country truly want to move on from the War on Drugs, it’s important to also include compassion for those who were victims of a failed era, as well as stop the cash hemorrhage. 


Social Justice

It’s also no secret that people of color are disproportionately targeted and charged with these sort of convictions. Now that a legal market is emerging for cannabis, wealthy investors are poised to make millions for doing the same thing that generations of people of color have been locked up for. This is egregious, and must be made up for. The Turn Over a New Leaf program is a good step in the right direction for the city of Denver. While I could list facts all day about how the War on Drugs has disproportionately affected people of color, I’ll leave you with a link to the Drug Policy Alliance’s page on race and the War on Drugs: 



I really think it’s worth repeating that now that a legal market is emerging, investors are making big bucks for the same thing folks have been locked up decades for. It’s only ethical to allow those convicted to right their past mistakes, and have a chance in the market. Many of these people would be valuable additions to the cannabis industry, but are instead left out because of antiquated laws and minor charges. These people should have their freedom, and should be allowed to participate in the normalization of cannabis we are all now benefiting from. 

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How to Participate

According to the City of Denver’s website, people who have committed low-level offenses within the city of Denver are eligible. If you are unsure whether you would qualify, the city hosts clinics with volunteer lawyers to help. I’ve also linked the webpage, which will lead you to resources as well as the application.

~written by Melinda Gardner~

Still Reaching for Sustainable Access

There is a new concern for responsible home grow procedures and its coming from Big Marijuana. Like growing tomatoes, brewing beer, & making soap, society tends to research the most effective and safest methods for home production. The arguments made so far have been weak and ill-fit at best. While raising legitimate concerns, the restrictions promoted will miss the mark and keep the industry, the products, and opportunities in the hands of big business.

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DIY Summer CBD Brunch

It’s summer, friends! For me, that includes long hikes with my pup, trips to the pool, and of course grilling every meal for three months straight, no matter what it is. This blog, I’ve prepared a brunch recipe for you, and it’s all infused with local CBD products. A deliciously relaxing infused brunch screamed mid-June to me, so I’m excited for you to read it! I also included this great website, that will allow you to use whichever dosage you deem correct for yourself. If you prefer THC in your recipe instead, I’d recommend using this site: But, again, in my original recipe, we’ll be using CBD. All of the products I’ve used can be purchased here at The Coffee Joint!

CBD Tea – from Pure Hemp Botanicals, based in Brighton, CO

  • 1 Hemptealicious Tea Bag, Spearmint Lemongrass flavor
  • 1 gallon of water
  • 1 tablespoon of almond milk
  • Local honey/preferred sweetener (to preference)

Boil 1 gallon of water. Once boiling, add 1 Hemptealicious tea bag and 1 tablespoon of almond milk. Leave on stove to cool and steep. Once cooled a bit, add preferred sweetener to pitcher. Pour in tea and stir. Store in refrigerator around 4 hours or until chilled; serve over ice.

*Note – the almond milk (or any sort of fat molecule) is essential! CBD is not inherently water soluble, so because Hemptealicious is made using the leaves and buds from industrial hemp plants, you need to add a fat molecule to grab hold of the CBD and pull it out into the water. However, you can also use regular milk, oat milk, coconut oil, butter, etc. Whichever you prefer!

Summer Salad + CBD Dressing – from Extract Labs, based in Boulder, CO

  • Summer greens (kale, spinach, various lettuces, sprouts, etc.)
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Chopped walnuts (to preference)
  • Feta cheese
  • Homemade CBD balsamic vinaigrette


  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dijohn mustard
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Extract Labs 1000mg Unflavored hemp tincture
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To prepare salad: toss greens to combine them. Chop berries and walnuts; crumble feta. Prepare salad dressing by combining all ingredients and shaking well.

Toss with dressing, add berries and feta, serve chilled!

Grilled Veggie Sandwiches – from Extract Labs in Boulder, CO

  • Zucchini
  • Bell pepper
  • Mushroom of choice
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Baby carrots
  • Provolone cheese
  • Whole grain bread of choice
  • Olive oil
  • CBD shatter in your preferred flavor from Extract Labs

Chop veggies. In grill-pan over very low heat, add olive oil and desired amount of CBD shatter. Gently heat and stir until melted. Add vegetables and grill until desired softness is reached. Once veggies are done, assemble sandwich. Put back on grill just long enough to melt the cheese. Plate, cut, and enjoy!

Grilled Peaches with a CBD Honey Glaze – from Colorado Hemp Honey, based in Parker, CO

  • Fresh, ripe peaches
  • Cinnamon
  • Colorado hemp honey: raw relief flavor
  • Vanilla ice cream

Wash and cut peaches in half. Grill peaches to preferred consistency. Glaze with CBD honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Grill 3 minutes more to give the honey time to soak in. Serve peaches hot over vanilla ice cream!

Conclusion & Notes

I hope you and your loved ones are zen and feeling great after this brunch recipe! For all recipes, I used both produce and products that I love and tend to eat a lot. However, the sky’s the limit! Don’t be afraid to substitute an ingredient with something you’d rather try. For example, Extract Labs recently released a mango flavored tincture, and I think that might set you up for a really amazing salad dressing! Let me know if you have a CBD recipe that you love to make!

~written by Melinda Gardner~