Medical Marijuana – Breaking the Stigma

NECANN 3Medical Marijuana is a hot topic of debate in our world today. Regardless of where you stand on the legality of the issue, one thing is undeniable. Marijuana used in the medicinal form has proven to alleviate pain in a non-addictive manner.

In order to discuss this hot topic in depth, we have invited our friend Marc Shepard on the podcast. Marc, co-founder of the New England Cannabis Network and the NECANN Convention, and medical marijuana user and proponent, offers a unique perspective on the issue of medicinal marijuana.

Marc, having experienced multiple knee injuries and surgeries growing up, was faced with a harsh daily reality. He was plagued by the unrelenting pain of chronic arthritis in his knees. His own father faced a similar problem with severe chronic back pain. Marc started trying medical marijuana to see if it would help relieve his daily knee discomfort.  There was such a profound difference in his level of pain that he encouraged his dad to ween himself off of the Oxycontin he was prescribed for 3 years. Today, Marc and his father are not on any prescribed pain medications. Medical Marijuana has significantly increased their quality of life.

NECANN 2In this enlightening episode, Marc sheds light on some of the challenges he has faced in the marijuana industry. From social stigmas to banks turning them down due to association with marijuana, he has experienced much resistance on his road to bringing people a pain-free lifestyle. One of the biggest misconceptions with medical marijuana is that people use it to get high. In fact, some of the most effective cannabonoids for treating pain would be known as “dirt weed” back in the day – meaning it would put a drug dealer out of business because of the little to no psychological effects. Marc likens using medical marijuana to drinking non-alcoholic beer. You get the taste of the beer without getting drunk. Medical marijuana used properly produces the same result.

So what needs to change? According to Marc, there must be a massive social change on the perception of medical marijuana. It is very easy for society to be cynical about the medicinal program because their assumptions are that it is an excuse to get high. “People don’t drink vodka for the taste, they drink it for the result.” This is a similar belief when it comes to marijuana. However, Marijuana was legal up until the 1930s and has been used since the 1600s for medicinal and other health benefits.

Marc Shepard’s life has been directly impacted by the positive effects of medical marijuana and he has committed to bring this freedom to others. Coming up in April, Marc will take part in putting on the largest cannabis event in New England. The NECANN Convention is a great resource for cannabis information and education. It is a B2B and B2C expo in which networking is encouraged and enlightenment is found. Tickets are still available! Learn more here.


Ice Ice Baby – Howard & Sons Ice


ICE. Who knew ice could be such a lucrative, innovative, and opportunistic industry?! Stephen Howard knew, and jumped on it.

Stephen Howard was not always an ice making machine. He spent close to a decade in the Finance and Commercial Real Estate industry, and also invested in an IT company. That is until he went on vacation and had the best iced beverage of his life.  He likened the experience to drinking a bourbon ad on TV.  If you’ve ever had a similar experience, where drinks just taste better at the fancy bar, you’ll enjoy what this episode is all about.

After the enlightening experience with his tropical vacation drink, Stephen began to wonder why only the fancy joints offer the big, clear, cubes of ice that don’t melt as fast and truly take the beverage to the next level. He soon discovered the reason. High-quality ice is not as easy to create as one might assume. In order to create the perfect ice cube one must go back to the way ice was originally created, in a big block that then had to be cut into individual ice cubes. Stephen set out on a journey to bring high quality ice to the place people enjoy the majority of their cocktails… at home.

“I just thought it was kind of silly that you can’t get a cocktail bar quality cocktail at home, even if you’re buying a $50 bottle of bourbon!” Stephen discovered that less surface area is better in ice because it takes longer to melt and doesn’t dilute your drink as fast. Additionally, what’s the point of buying expensive liquor when our freezer ice absorbs odors from frozen food and taints your expensive liquor?

Howard & Sons Ice LogoThis unique episode is one-of-a-kind. Discover how Stephen found a need in the beverage industry and is working tirelessly to meet that need and bring cocktail bar quality drinks to homes across America. Howard & Sons Ice Co. will change the way you think about ice.