Happy Independence Day!

Normally today, July 4th in America means big parties and celebrations. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic in full force, fireworks displays have been canceled and beaches closed in many states. Our Town management has asked everyone to just stay home. What’s open? 

Southwest Wellness’ dispensary is!

Cannabis studies expect the essential services of cannabis will continue to benefit as other businesses struggle to open.

In honor of July 4th, we would like to share a story to celebrate cannabis legalization and freedom in America. On this day 242 years ago, our founders stood up against tyranny and oppression and declared independence as a sovereign nation. 

Back then, the plant that we now work so hard to legalize was commonplace. Hemp cultivation began in Jamestown, Virginia in 1616 and its fiber was used to make clothing, sails, and rope. Early American landowners were jailed if they refused to grow hemp as American society knew how important this crop was for their livelihood.

Many of our country’s presidents grew the crop as well as cannabis strains, including George Washington and  Thomas Jefferson.

While early drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp paper, one wonders what was in Franklin’s pipe?

Prior to the civil war, cannabis was added to the U.S. Pharmacopeia and was sold over the counter in a variety of medicinal preparations. Cannabis was a common part of American life until prohibition started in 1906 with the introduction of the Pure Food and Drug Act

Sold over the counter in a variety of medicinal preparations. Cannabis was a common part of American life until prohibition started in 1906 with the introduction of the Pure Food and Drug Act.

Once again, people are coming back to the healing powers of this remarkable plant. People with multiple sclerosis, migraines, epilepsy, cancer, fibromyalgia, arthritis and chronic pain have all benefited in some way from using cannabis. Research is currently underway around the world to discover more medicinal uses for cannabis, though here in the U.S. this research is severely limited due to the fact that cannabis is still federally illegal.

Today as we celebrate the holiday in a new way, let’s reflect on the efforts of the thousands of people in our state who have worked so hard to legalize medical cannabis, starting with our Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham.

So as you fire up your grill, toast them with a toke and remember to stay masked and distanced if you plan to have a few friends and family join the celebrations! You may want to mix a little cannabis into your usual chicken spice rub while you are at it!

Southwest Wellness is at the forefront of Cannabis Culture in New Mexico, with their grow and dispensary in Taos, their stores in Albuquerque, and now a new offering in our beautiful capital city of Santa Fe! Located at 1829 Cerrillos Rd. 

In Albuquerque, the 9132 Montgomery Blvd location has now been joined by two more: 2325 San Pedro Dr NE and 101 98th St SW.

Southwest Wellness also have a new location in Espanola, at 423 South Riverside Dr. Phone: (505) 747-2644

Southwest Wellness in Taos is located at 1023 Salazar Rd with a new (additional) location coming soon to 925 Paseo del Pueblo Sur here in Taos.

For more on Southwest Wellness, visit them online. The Taos dispensary is closed tomorrow (Sunday), but open today. Specials are always happening!

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