LOS ANGELES – Nugg Club, the nation’s first true cannabis subscription box featuring full-sized products curated by experts and personalized to each customer, announced today the launch of Schedule 1, a new cannabis brand that seeks to provide instrumental support towards the mission of declassifying marijuana as a controlled substance by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Specifically, proceeds from Schedule 1 will be donated to lobbying efforts that seek to reclassify marijuana, and to Last Prisoner Project to free individuals in prison on non-violent cannabis charges who are serving jail because of marijuana being defined as a Schedule I drug.
The Controlled Substances Act (CSA) places all substances which are in some manner regulated under existing federal law into one of five schedules. Drugs like marijuana, opioids and heroin are classified as Schedule I drugs and are defined as those with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. They also carry heavy penalties and jail time, sometimes mandatory, in the criminal justice system.
Yet, according to the Marijuana Policy Project there are over 4.3 million patients in the U.S. who rely on cannabis to ease the symptoms caused by myriad conditions, from cancer to post traumatic stress disorder and epilepsy. In fact, the U.S. already has patents on cannabinoids, including THC, based on their ability to prevent age-related brain damage and trauma.
While some bills have supported rescheduling cannabis to a less harsh category, state-legal cannabis businesses would still be unprotected from federal prosecution. Rescheduling also wouldn’t protect private citizens from arrest. Nugg Club aims to have Schedule 1 create a self-sustaining platform that supports removing cannabis from the list of controlled substances and helps to free people incarcerated for nonviolent marijuana crimes due to federal scheduling.
“The federal Controlled Substances Act was written more than half a century ago and is based on flawed, unscientific and extremely outdated data. Cannabis is now commonly used to successfully treat intractable seizures, cachexia, chronic debilitating pain and many other life-threatening disorders. It’s proven its utility within the medical community, yet it’s still classified as Schedule I,” said Joe Brottman, Creative Director of Nugg Club. “We’re launching Schedule 1 to not only increase awareness but provide instrumental support to the mission to end the prison state.”
At launch, Schedule 1 will include three flower strains available in Nugg Club subscription boxes and online for members to purchase via the Nugg Club add-ons menu. The strains include:
- Mimosa: This sativa-dominant strain is a cross between Purple Punch and Clementine. A daytime pick-me-up, Mimosa is great for chasing sleep away, relieving stress and sparking creativity. Its mood-boosting terpenes, limonene and beta caryophyllene, make for a zesty experience that tapers off gradually.
- MAC 1: Directly sourced by legacy-grower Capulator, MAC 1 is a smooth hybrid strain with impressive plant parents — Alien Cookies crossed with Starfighter and a Columbian landrace (aka Miracle 15). Connoisseurs can trace spice, diesel, and sour citrus in the strain’s pungent aromas.
- Sunset Cookies: A proprietary phenotype sourced from Thin Mint Cookies and Sherbet genetics, Sunset Cookies is carefully bred in Coachella Valley to produce a mellow hybrid boasting with notes of fruity blueberry and lavender citrus. Sunset Cookies provides a super sweet balance between hazy and clear-headed effects.
The launch of Schedule 1 follows the company’s recent announcement of a more broad-ranging partnership with Last Prisoner Project. This month, Nugg Club will be sending a special box to subscribers that is rebranded to showcase the names of people imprisoned across the country for nonviolent cannabis offenses. Products in the February box will feature brands that specifically support social justice work, including Schedule 1. The box will also include a call to action for Nugg Club members to participate in LPP’s “Letter to a Prisoner” program and donate to the organization.
“We’re at a unique turning point in history. It’s become clear that if we want to deschedule cannabis, it’s going to be up to us. We already have one-third of our population living in states that allow legal recreational marijuana. Yet we still have prisoners serving life sentences for weed–some for tiny amounts,” said Erik Murray, Last Prisoner Project Board Member. “Last Prisoner Project is proud to partner with Nugg Club at the launch of Schedule 1 so we can push for change in Congress and make sure our prisoners come home in the process.”
About Nugg Club
Nugg Club is California’s first subscription cannabis club and helps anyone explore the world of cannabis at 50-60% below retail. The company is redefining the cannabis shopping experience by surprising consumers each month with carefully curated premium products matched to their preferences, and helping brands to connect with thousands of eager customers. Nugg Club was launched in 2020 by the team behind NuggMD, the nation’s leading medical cannabis technology platform, serving patients in California, Nevada, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri and now New Jersey. For more information about Nugg Club, visit nuggclub.com.