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Episode Audio

What You Will Learn in This Podcast

What is Salt Baked City? [0:40]

Cole’s background [8:47]

What does the Salt Baked City team look like? [10:57]

Cole’s vision for Salt Baked City [17:29]

How to submit content to Salt Baked City [23:02]

Cole’s thoughts on why older customers are visiting dispensaries [31:51]

Is persistent nausea a qualifying condition in Utah? [42:46]

What research, if any, has been done regarding use during pregnancy or breastfeeding? [44:16]

Resources in This Episode

UtahMarijuana.org

IAmSaltLake.com

Utah in the Weeds Podcast

@utahintheweeds on Instagram

Salt Baked City

Salt Baked City on Instagram

Podcast Summary

What is Salt Baked City? [0:40]

Cole is a journalist based in Utah. He worked for a hydro store in Utah, performing PR work. During that time, he was able to get to know the hemp growers that they cater to and the various home growers that came through their shop. 

While working for the store, he noticed there was a lot of confusion around Proposition 2. He didn’t understand why local media wasn’t informing the public about the new laws that were taking effect, including how to get medical cards, which qualified medical professionals you can see, etc.

He decided to solve this problem by creating a magazine to educate the public. He also wanted to take it one step further and include community journalism on “green scene” news.

The idea for a magazine was put on hold as the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to stop production on the magazine. They have shifted their strategy to be focused on creating content for the site.

Cole’s background [8:47]

Growing up in Reno, Nevada, Cole wanted to be a journalist since the fifth grade. The first newspaper he worked for was his middle school newspaper, where he wrote about sports. Cole went to college at Indiana University. 

After college, Cole went back to Reno to work for a local TV affiliate. However, he wanted to get back into print journalism, so he moved to Idaho and worked for a variety of publications.

He eventually returned back to Utah to work in Park City at the Park Record. 

What does the Salt Baked City team look like? [10:57]

There are a handful of writers for the site, including Tim Pickett, host of Utah in the Weeds. When starting the project, he set out to find influencers that really understand cannabis and the “green scene.” He’s also partnered with J.D. Lauritzen, The Leafy Lawyer and Robert Hill with the Hill Family Farm.

Cole’s vision for Salt Baked City [17:29]

Initially, the plan was to create a magazine. However, the pandemic made this difficult to execute. Cole was also concerned with the environmental impact of creating a paper-based magazine.

 The team is now focused on their tech, including continuing to build the website and developing an app.

Cole is also focused on building a team of reporters and community journalists to cover medical cannabis and other topics.

How to submit content to Salt Baked City [23:02]

You can email Cole at colefullmer@saltbakedcity.com to submit content to Salt Baked City.

Cole’s thoughts on why older customers are visiting dispensaries [31:51]

Cole believes that the younger population just doesn’t have the money to spend $250 to get a medical card. Also, he believes that older adults are more likely to prefer to do things legally instead of obtaining cannabis on the black market.

Is persistent nausea a qualifying condition in Utah? [42:46]

Persistent nausea is a qualifying condition for a Medical Marijuana Card in Utah. The patient and the provider should discuss what is “persistent.” They may ask questions such as “does it affect your life?” Or,”does it affect your ability to eat the food that you want to eat, or do the things you want to do?”

Generally, if it’s affecting your life, day to day or week to week, or you can trigger it, then it could be considered “persistent.” As a qualifying condition, nausea is one of the top conditions where the effects of cannabis have been studied.

What research, if any, has been done regarding use during pregnancy or breastfeeding? [44:16]

There isn’t much research on cannabis use while pregnant  or breastfeeding. Because we are still unsure of the effects of cannabis use during pregnancy, research institutions haven’t performed any studies.

There have been surveys performed of women who have used cannabis while pregnant. There are some studies that say upwards of 20 to 30% of pregnant women may use cannabis some time during their pregnancy, depending on the groups you ask.

But the studies Tim reviewed found that babies where the mother used marijuana had lower birth weights. We know that heavier babies tend to be healthier than lighter weight babies, so this would be an undesirable effect.

Tim does not recommend pregnant women use cannabis. 

If you are considering using marijuana during pregnancy or breastfeeding, Tim encourages you to discuss this with your medical provider.

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