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Did Cannabis Influence Star Wars? How George Lucas Inspired the Cannabis Community

Happy Star Wars Day from the Cannabis Reports team. “May the fourth be with you!”

Cannabis is often associated with creativity and inspiration. So it should come as no surprise that cannabis was prevalent during the creation of the original Star Wars trilogy. In the late 1970s and early 80s, cannabis use was commonplace in the California movie industry, and George Lucas flourished in such an open environment.

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Cannabis Influences on Star Wars

Full disclosure: George Lucas has never directly claimed that Star Wars has anything to do with cannabis or cannabis use, but a close examination yields some telling evidence. Also, Disney now owns the Star Wars franchise, and promptly dismisses any connections between cannabis and their recent $4 billion purchase. Please take the following with a grain of salt.

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One noted tale is centered around the origin of the word “Wookiee.” During the filming of Lucas’ first film THX 1138, voice actor Terry McGovern was with Lucas and a friend named Bill Wookey, when he ad-libbed a line after smoking cannabis: “I think I just ran over a Wookey back there.”

Lucas found this hilarious (which, honestly, points to the possibility that he was in the smoking rotation as well), and the lovable character Chewbacca found his origins.

Remember the Mos Eisley Cantina scene? How about Jabba’s palace? And don’t forget about Yoda, just hanging out on Dagobah, talking all funny. Smoking contraptions and references appear throughout the original Star Wars episodes, and smokey rooms with lounging “scum and villainy” were definitely buzzing around George Lucas’ creative mind.

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Besides the fact that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and a bunch of other cast members have alluded to cannabis use during the period in which Star Wars was filmed, it would be silly not to consider the overall attitude cannabis had on experimentation, relaxation, and creativity on the set of Star Wars.

(In her recent biography, Carrie Fisher admitted to heavy drug use during filming, but claimed she was never really interested in the joints being passed around on set).

Carrie Fisher Claims She Didn't Like Cannabis, But Makes No Comment on Its Popularity with the Other Actors

Carrie Fisher Claims She Never Liked Cannabis, But Makes No Comment on Its Popularity with the Other Actors

The Influence Star Wars Provides to the Cannabis Community

Star Wars was released to a culture that was prepared to dive into George Lucas’ space travels, partly because people at the time were far more comfortable experimenting with new ideas and experiences.

The Lines for the Star Wars Premier were Famously Long (and Cannabis Use was Rampant Among the Waiting Moviegoers)

The Lines for the Star Wars Premier were Famously Long (and Cannabis Use was Rampant Among the Waiting Moviegoers)

Decades have passed since the original Star Wars hit the big screen, and yet the films still invite new generations to explore a different-but-similar universe. It only makes sense that the popularity of Star Wars would imprint itself on the evolving cannabis culture.

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Cannabis Reports has well over 30 strains in the database that are directly influenced by Star Wars characters. There are even some companies who have paid the ultimate homage by modeling their brands around Star Wars themes (Vader Extracts, Jedi Labs, and Wook Flame).

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Skywalker, Skywalker OG (pictured), and Purple Skywalker OG.

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Death Star (pictured), Star Wreck, Storm Trooper and Deathstar OG.

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Yoda OG, Master Yoda (pictured), Purple Yoda, and Yoda’s Brains.

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Jedi, Jedi Kush (pictured), Red Eye Jedi, and Jedi Death Star.

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Sour Kenobi and Master OG Wan Kenobi (pictured).

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Dark Vader, Vader Kush, Vader OG, and Dank Vader (pictured).

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Han Solo OGSolo’s Stash, and Jabba’s Stash.
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R2-D2, C3PO, Ewok (pictured), and Jawa.

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Wookie, Wookie Glue, Wookie Cookies, Wookie #7, and of course, Chewbacca (pictured).

Once again, Happy Star Wars Day from the Cannabis Reports team. “May the Fourth Be with You!” For the most up to date info on Cannabis Reports, follow us on Twitter, and like us on our Facebook page.

New Record: AP Poll Shows 61% of American Adults Now Favor the Legalization of Cannabis

According to a new poll, 61% of Americans believe cannabis should be legal in some form. The poll, titled “American Attitudes toward Substance Use in the United States,” was conducted by the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

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In total, 1,042 adults were surveyed and the results reveal that support for legal cannabis is at an all-time high. Last October, a Gallup survey found that 58% percent of respondents supported legal cannabis. The increase in support over just a few short months indicates that cannabis could gain a lot of social momentum in 2016.

Support for Cannabis through October 2015 (Gallup)

Support for Cannabis through October 2015 (Gallup)

The Many Levels of Supporting Cannabis

While it is true that 61% of polled individuals said they support cannabis legalization, a follow-up question revealed that the extent of support was based on specific criteria.

Out of the 639 individuals who said they would support legalization, only one-third (213) said they would support legalization without restrictions. In comparison, 43% of individuals who said they support legalization (275) would do so only with purchasing limits in place. The remaining 24% of respondents (151)  said they would only support cannabis if it required a medical prescription.

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When asked about other drugs like cocaine and heroin, 93% of the 1,042 respondents said those drugs should remain illegal. When it comes to other doctor-prescribed medications like painkillers, 32% believe that doctors are a major contributor to the opioid dependence and overdose epidemic, while 57% believe that they are only a minor cause.

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There are many other interesting questions posed in this poll. When asked how they felt about the efforts to combat substance abuse in their local communities, the majority of people said not enough was being done to solve the problem.

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Steve DeAngelo Speaks in LA (source)

National opinions on cannabis are shifting as new medical evidence emerges and social acceptance increases. Cannabis Reports will continue to report on cannabis surveys as they are published. For the most up to date info on Cannabis Reports, follow us on Twitter, and like us on our Facebook page.

Cannabis Gives Relief to Those Most in Need, So Why Does America Condemn It?

Cannabis Reports now hosts ample medical evidence that cannabis can be effective in providing mental and physical relief for patients. However, the federal government’s national standard for the illegality of cannabis continues to result in very limited access for patients. As other countries focus their resources on researching and sharing clinical data favoring medical cannabis, why is America so intent that cannabis remain in the dark?

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Many states at this point have implemented laws allowing for medical cannabis in some form, and yet the federal government continues to stand behind the stubborn obstacles keeping cannabis from those in need. Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, cannabis is listed as a Schedule I drug, meaning it is considered to be highly addictive with no evidence of medical benefit.

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The result of this harsh classification is that some of the most fragile American citizens, including our veterans, cancer patients, and sick children, are unable to access cannabis for relief.

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Charlotte Fiji with Joel Stanley and the High-CBD Strain “Charlotte’s Web”

The purpose of this article is to raise talking points for an educated discussion. Progress for cannabis requires a education through conversation. As a community, we should be asking the underlying questions that surround cannabis:

  • Why is there so much misinformation being distributed?
  • Why aren’t the government research agencies that normally protect patients and consumers more interested in researching medical cannabis?
  • Or worse, if these agencies are asking for more cannabis research, who is it that is keeping studies from being approved?

Cannabis has helped so many people for so many different reasons; it can be used spiritually, medicinally, and recreationally. In the land of the free, and the home of the brave, how can something that helps sick people be deemed as dangerous by those who refuse to learn more about it?

Israeli Company Tikkun Olam has Bred and Submitted Strains for Many Clinical Studies

Israeli Company Tikkun Olam has Bred and Submitted Strains for Many Clinical Studies (source)

This country is built on the idea that the protection of freedom is fundamentally necessary, whether or not you agree with the arguments being presented.

So why is it that our federal government so readily abandons these principles of freedom when it comes to allowing cannabis for sick children, wounded warriors, and the severely ill?

Facts and Factors in the Cannabis Industry

Let’s begin the conversation with the welfare of our nation’s children. There are a number of stories being publicized in which families see dramatically positive changes after treating their child’s debilitating conditions with cannabis. This type of evidence is anecdotal, and yet without reliable funding for cannabis research, this is some of the strongest evidence currently available for the patient community.

Google News: "Cannabis Children Seizures"

Google News: “Cannabis Children Seizures”

The power of anecdotal evidence is still very present amongst lawmakers. Last year, we published an article called “The Great CBD Migration” reported on the fifteen states that very quickly implemented cannabis laws due to the exodus of families seeking homes where they could legally access cannabis and use it to treat their children.

Jayden David's Father Jason has Spent Five Years Fighting for Cannabis.

Jayden David‘s Father Jason has Spent Five Years Fighting for Cannabis

When it comes to sick children, we should be providing every comfort possible. Parents should not have to watch their children get worse from exposure to addictive benzodiazepines and other pharmaceuticals. Families shouldn’t have to uproot their lives and move across the country just to see their child live without hundreds of seizures a day.

For thousands of years cannabis has helped connect different communities around the world. The fact that the CBD migration instilled empathy in conservative policymakers shows the change that this plant can propel.  Unfortunately, several of the medical cannabis programs across the country are still very restrictive, and many patients remain marginalized.

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Some of the people fighting the hardest for safe cannabis access are the same people who dedicated themselves to the protection of our country and its ideals of freedom. So why is our country so willing to abandon veterans, many of whom are suffering from symptoms of PTSD, depression, physical combat wounds, and more?

There have been several reports published recently linking the mental and physical wounds of combat with increased opioid addiction and higher suicide rates.

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The traditional pharmaceutical treatments that are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs are not working for many returning veterans. Several veteran advocacy groups focus their sole support on legal cannabis for troops.

So why is it that the VA will deny earned medical benefits to veterans that treat their conditions with medical cannabis, even in states where medical cannabis is approved? Thankfully, there are policymakers who share these feelings of injustice.

Another group of people hurt by restrictive cannabis laws are cancer patients. Most of the American population is affected in some way by cancer, be it themselves or friends and loved ones. Chemotherapy is a current method for cancer patients, and cannabis has been shown to alleviate some of the side effects associated with radiation treatment.

From the Cannabis Studies Section of Cannabis Reports

From the Cannabis Studies Section of Cannabis Reports

In other clinical examinations, cannabinoids have been shown to actively treat cancers, rather than just alleviate the stresses of chemotherapy. Oncologists all over the country are begging for medical institutions to more thoroughly research cannabis as an effective medicine. You had better believe that the doctors treating these patients want nothing more than to see them healthy and cancer-free.

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So if everyone is calling for increased clinical research for cannabis, why are American policymakers remaining stubbornly opposed to finding out more? The federal government claims that cannabis is dangerous and without any medical benefit. Lawmakers of past generations have made it incredibly difficult for American institutions to research cannabis due to strict federal obstacles.

So how can we, the American people, help facilitate more research and a better understanding of cannabis? We have to speak up.

Changing the Public Perception of Cannabis

Cannabis is surrounded with misinformation. Despite mounting evidence from the medical community, America refuses to consider the international research that supports the medical benefits of cannabis. Over the last few years, cannabis has emerged from the shadows of prohibition.

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Now it is up to the cannabis community to help educate the public with factual evidence. Cannabis Reports is devoted to making cannabis information easily accessible for everyone, and we encourage everyone to support the other groups fighting for cannabis access.

NORML Continues to Push for Sensible Cannabis Laws (source)

NORML, One of Many Fantastic Cannabis Organizations, Continues to Push for Sensible Cannabis Laws (source)

The hundreds of pro-cannabis organizations putting the positive message out there are finally being heard by policymakers. In addition to patients, America needs to help support the individuals and organizations fighting for safe and legal access to medical cannabis.

If you are interested in learning about opportunities to support cannabis in your state, please reach out to us through our contact page, or in the comment section below. For the most up to date info on Smoke Reports, follow us on Twitter @smokereports or like us on our Facebook page.

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