Shelter-In-Peace: Free Resources to Relax the Mind

April 8th, 2020

As many of us enter our third or fourth week of self-quarantine, we might be feeling restless, irritable or alone. This is perfectly normal; many of us at BPG are feeling the same.聽

Some of us feel it’s important to stay “productive” during self-quarantine, some of us don’t, and that’s ok.

We’re here to remind you that your mental health matters, and to be kind to yourself during these tough times.

Thanks to modern technology and global connectivity, there are a wide variety of free resources to keep our body and mind active and nourished.

From classes to coloring books, we have a few ideas on how to uplift your mental health during self-isolation. Of course, cannabis complements all of them 馃檪

 

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Conservation & Criminal Justice Awareness Month at BPG

April 3rd, 2020

Berkeley Patients Group launched our $1 Million For Good initiative back in October, supporting ten nonprofits working to uplift our local community. Each month, BPG will drive funds and awareness to one of our nonprofit partners.

In honor of April鈥檚 National Earth and Criminal Justice Awareness Month, we are highlighting Planting Justice, which works to change structural inequalities that have become embedded in the industrialized food system.

Now, more than ever, it鈥檚 essential to support organizations like Planting Justice, which work to uplift our local communities.

 

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Coronavirus – BPG’s Commitment to Safety & Health

March 13th, 2020

You may be feeling concerned about COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. If so, you are not alone.

Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley have announced a shelter-in-place order聽through May 31, at least.

Essential businesses, such as hospitals, grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies will remain open. Restaurants will serve only take-out or delivery orders. Non-essential businesses, including bars, clubs, and gyms will close.

State and local officials agree that access to quality-tested cannabis is essential.

We appreciate the hard work of all the people who worked to secure access to safe cannabis and obtain this clarification from the government.

Berkeley Patients Group will remain accessible to all persons 21+ (or 18+ with a valid doctors recommendation).

To limit the spread of COVID-19, we will be open every day for limited hours, from 11am to 7pm, via Curbside Pick Up and Delivery Only.

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BOSS x BPG – Homelessness Awareness Month

November 1st, 2019

Image: Daily Kos

Last month, Berkeley Patients Group launched our $1 Million For Good initiative, supporting 10 nonprofits working to uplift our local community. Each month, BPG will drive funds and awareness to one of our nonprofit partners. In honor of November鈥檚 National Homelessness Awareness Month, we are raising funds, support, and supplies for Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS).

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Cannabis Vape Safety – Berkeley Patients Group Statement

September 11th, 2019

As various news outlets have reported, a growing number of reports surrounding an unidentified vaping related illness has created a serious public health concern with more questions than answers.

Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) has been dedicated to providing safe, clean, quality-controlled cannabis for 20 years. We have always prioritized responsible sourcing and have established long-term partnerships with providers that exceed mandated quality standards. It is why we pioneered the development of cannabis testing standards over ten years ago.

To date, we are not aware of any respiratory-related illness caused by a product sold at BPG or any other licensed California dispensary. While there are many unknowns at this time, BPG is using every resource at our disposal to promote consumer safety and to provide timely information.

 

ACTIONS WE ARE TAKING:

路 Contacting every vape cartridge vendor to verify problematic, questionable additives or parts are not in any products we sell

路 Staying up-to-date with the latest information and research on this issue. BPG will issue periodic updates as information is released from authorities

路 Sourcing products tested according to state guidelines

路 Verifying testing certificates as genuine and battery devices are not inhalation-activated

 

WHAT WE KNOW:

路 An increasing number of vaping-related illnesses, approximately 800 cases, including thirteen deaths have been reported across 33 states to date, including California.

路 All of the California-related illnesses were caused by products purchased in the unlicensed market.

路 No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified as the sole cause of this mysterious epidemic.

路 Many of the associated products contain THC, some contain nicotine, and some include both.

路 Symptoms: Patients are coming into hospitals with cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and vomiting.

路 Colorado Green Lab recently conducted a vape pen study and posted key findings associated with inhalation-activated vape battery devices

 

EMERGING INFORMATION:

路 Doctors suspect the cause may be chemical exposure related to additives or ingredients, such as Vitamin E acetate.

 

Our hearts go out to the victims and the loved ones of those who are currently suffering or have succumbed to this devastating illness.

This crisis further shows the immediate need for federal reform that will enable proper research, regulations, and guaranteed product safety and efficacy for patients. Eliminating illicit operators and the entities providing a public platform to them should be the number one priority for the State of California and the nation.

We are encouraging any BPG customers who experience any problems or have additional questions regarding vape products sold by BPG, to email us at info@mybpg.com.

 

Further information is available from NORML online聽here,聽here, and聽here. California NORML鈥檚 fact-sheet, 鈥淐annabis Vaping: What鈥檚 Safe and What鈥檚 Not,鈥 is online聽here. An advisory by Leafly.com, entitled 鈥淰ape Pen Lung Disease: Here鈥檚 What You Need to Know,鈥 is online聽here. An advisory from the City of Berkeley is online here.

 

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