Top 10 Halloween Munchies Presented By StonerDays

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Top 10 Halloween Munchies Presented By StonerDays

StonerDays presents the Top 10 Halloween Munchies. Being a stoner means being accustomed to having the munchies. Munchies, the subtle and sometimes aggressive hunger that hits your entire solar plexus. So naturally us seasoned smokers already have our go-to’s on deck, or ready to soar to the store with no list needed. Why is that you might ask? Well because your high, but this mouth watering study should shed some fluorescent light on the subject. Take a look at a pot heads most beloved candies.

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#1- SOUR GUMMY WORMS- A staple in almost everyone’s childhood and a tokers best homie. The tangy crunch of granulated sugar hits your flavor receptors and wakes them the funk up! Very similar to the look and feel of the THC crystals gleaming on the prettiest sativa nug. Once the sour fades you’re left with a sweet chewy treat.

#2- REESE’S CUPS- There might not be a better combination than chocolate and peanut butter… EXCEPT both of these paired together with Mary Jane of course. Going beyond the taste for a second the economics make sense; butter cups are thick, creamy, and somewhat filling. Cop yourself a king size and you might find yourself satisfied and skipping that extra trip to the 7/11… more cash for Garcia Vegas to start the process from scratch.

#3- MARSHMALLOW PEEPS- Multi-Colored and ready to brighten your day with soft pillow like goodness, it’s the unforgettable Marshmallow Peeps; and they’ve earned they’re spot on this list. These goofy, gooey, pastel pals are perfect for any get high session.Don’t make the mistake of limiting these sweet treats to only decorative baskets. Bong rips become a bridge between stoner and peep as you witness your munchies fly out of the package and into your soul.

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#4- PIXY STIX- Obviously a pure sugar candy with all the flavors of your favorite Kool-Aid will make you smile as well as exhale a big “OH YEAH”. Straight to the point thinking is preferred when we travel to the moon. Pixies allow you to grab, tear, pour, and enjoy.

Chronic Class On Halloween Munchies

Cannabis Sativa is multi-dimensional almost literally, having many properties and more active ingredients than just THC. One of these being cannabis sugars. Cannabis naturally has a small percentage of sugar within the bud. When we ingest these sweets they have a reaction with these sugars as well as other cannabinoid receptors in your stoned system letting you know these snacks are not only delicious but decadent, not just blueberry but bliss. Depending on your strain of the day your taste buds will dance to the indica, sativa, or hybrid munchies; stoner scientists unite!

#5- JELLY BELLIES- These beans are not the Mexican kind but will jump straight into your belly. Jelly Bellies have been a chronic favorite since the 1860’s. Jelly Bean began manufacturing and pushing for these hand full of happiness to be shipped to the soldiers during the Civil War. Toke up don’t tote guns, munch treats instead of shooting up the streets. Jellies come in multiple flavors and special edition variety bags. Get as faded as you’d like because you’re safe, you’ll never trade your life savings for beans… You’ve already got the best ones!

#6- NERDS- By now we know nerds are awesome and the candy is no exception. Like yin and yang the link and purple pebble like crunch is balanced, giving off mostly sweet and at the same time tangy sensations. Some pour them down their throats all at once. Others suck every ounce of goodness until all that remains are the tiny translucent nuggets and memories.

#7- HARIBO GUMMY BEARS- Purchasing a bag of these bears and a bag of Kush simultaneously is second nature. The perfect representation of Candy Land meets Willy Wonkas trippy factory come to life and in your loft. Gummy bears sing and scream on the way down as you smile in a Nirvana like high state. Munchies that catch your eye while captivating your tounge sensors.

#8- CRISPY M&MS- A rare delicacy that’s hard to spot on the shelves these days, but worth the extra detective work. M&Ms are a staple for most chocolate lovers and these crunch with the goodness of Whoppers. Crispy and colorful and all one flavor but far from a monotone bite. It’s no wonder Detroit stoners will loose 2-10 minutes at the grocery search for the family size of this classic.

#9- STARBURSTS- Ganja takes the body and mind to infinity and beyond. Every stoner is their own honorary astronaut, Buzz Light-year in the flesh. Starbursts just by the name take you to foreign nebulas and galaxies of energy. Endlessly juicy and tropical, perfect to take on hikes and beach trips every stoner and their Mama loves Starbursts. It’s one of those rare occasions when you can say every flavor tastes like a dream. Pocket size and ready to party.

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#10- AIR HEADS- We are them and they are us! Stoners, aka Pot heads, aka Air Heads love these harder than we love melted cheese on toast. Air Heads have the possibility of being manipulated into so many combos it’s ridiculous; suck, chew, roll into a ball, hot dog, intertwine flavors, virtually limitless possibilities. The mystery flavor pairs well with any flower, concentrate, or vape choice. Low, exotic fruity notes will carry you to a destination far beyond the cerebral reach.

Canadian Cannabis Laws – The First G7 Country To Legalize

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Canadian Cannabis Laws- The First G7 Country To Legalize 

BIll C-45 was passed to the house of commons early July- it will be the first of many passes between the two parties as Canada gets ready for the legalization of cannabis. There are many countries that have legalized the use of cannabis, although Canada will be the first G7 country to legalize nationwide. What makes Canada a G7 country and what is so fascinating about this place.

A G7 country is one of the “7 advanced nations” such as; France, Germany, Italy, Japan United Kingdom United States. These have the most advanced economies in the world. To pause here, cannabis use is legal in America, BUT America is not cannabis legal nationwide. Over 20 states are legal but, not all 20 plus states are legal for open use. Many of them are only legal for medical purposes.

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The Canadian bill was approved in the upper house, and is now sent back down to the House Of Commons where ot will be reviewed. Here is what we call the “bill dance”. The bill came with only 12 amendments & now has over 40 “potential” amendments. This bill will go back and forth until both parties are happy with the outcome. Something that is said to be done before July 1 2018. Will that happen? We are all questioning that part. One of the amendments is the number of plants you can grow in home.

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Manitoba and Quebec want to ban the number of in home plants to zero, in BC a few laws already exist, being a more lenient provence. Lenient as in Vancouver is known for its 4/20 annual event, as well as its many markets on the island as well as on the “mainland”. A few rules are. ( many provinces are also moving to these laws) No one under the age of 19 can have cannabis on them ( legal drinking age in BC and most provinces is 19). Cannabis can be publicly used in places where tobacco smoking/vaping is allowed ( some provinces want to ban public use completely). You can grow up to 4 plants in home.

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Canada is the leading fastest growing country in the G7 – with the biggest metropolitan areas – Toronto Vancouver & Montreal. More than one- third of Canada’s population call these cities home. As a G7 country we are moving fast and forward with new growth. Turning all eyes on us as we play the “ bill dance”. Canada is known as an “melting pot” for cannabis connoisseurs. Cannabis apparel is showing up in all provinces in Canada.

Canada, a place where people all over the world come to make this ever growing country home. We are known for our beautiful rocky mountains our wide spread of the prairie farm lands and our many national parks. Canada is a beautiful country fast paced and never stops growing. We are a G7 country through ad though. It’s what makes us special and unique. Although this “ bill dance” is confusing,frustrating and time consuming we are all excited to be the first G7 country to make cannabis legal nationwide.

CANADA-LOVE

Writer:
Megan Thiessen
Canada, Lethbridge, AB

MARIJUANA USERS ARE HEALTHIER THAN NONUSERS

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Marijuana Users Are Healthier Than Nonusers

A recent study published in the Journal of American Medicine has shows marijuana users are healthier than nonusers. This is exciting results for marijuana advocates. Along with the huge list of marijuana benefits listed below, marijuana actually helps to reduce weight. This might not make much sense at first. Appetite may develop after smoking pot, and the end result is called “the munchies”. After smoking, this state is inevitable and overeating is a definite consequence.

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This is mainly due to the THC content, which sends signals to the brain that trigger the release of certain hormones. These hormones tell your body that you need to eat, regardless of the fact that you may have just eaten. To add to this, marijuana actually increases sense of touch, taste and smell, so the food tastes even better and is even harder to resist. By controlling the release of insulin, marijuana regulates metabolism in a way that promotes weight reduction, despite the fact that marijuana users may still consume more calories. This really is the best of both worlds, you eat more but actually lose weight because of a quicker metabolism.

The study was quite large, consisting of over 4,600 people. Previous research had shown that marijuana users had lower instances of diabetes and obesity. But this is the first study of its kind to establish a relationship between insulin and marijuana consumption. Studies show insulin is a key hormone linked to heart disease and metabolism.

In addition to weight loss, the study found that marijuana users in general are healthier than their nonsmoking counterparts. Most of the key variables indicate health is better for marijuana users than nonusers. Marijuana users have smaller waist to hip ratios, lower blood sugar, higher levels of HDL (“Good”) cholesterol and a lower risk of insulin resistance. The most pronounced results were in those who smoked regularly. In other words, marijuana could soon be up there with fruit and vegetables in terms of health and wellbeing.

Marijuana Health Benefits

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The findings of this study should not come as such as surprise, given the numerous health benefits associated with marijuana. Studies suggest that marijuana consumption increases creativity and problem-solving skills, and even helps focus in certain areas. The component that gives cannabis its health benefits is THC, which works on the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for emotional processing, sleep and cognition.

The health benefits of marijuana are endless. Cannabis shows to alleviate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, glaucoma, schizophrenia, insomnia, bi-polar and more. It helps to regulate metabolism and weight, by controlling the release of insulin. Not to mention the fact that it also happens to be a superfood. The leaves of the marijuana plant are full of beneficial compounds and vitamins. All leafy greens have the same characteristic of being full of vitamins which are incredibly beneficial. The biggest superfoods on the planet are usually green – Kale, Spinach, Spirulina, Marine Phytoplankton.

Cannabis research is making it a top superfoods across the web. Cannabis is used as a supreme muscle relaxant for athletes after sporting events, or to help them to get a restorative sleep. There is a large variety of topical cannabis products being release on the market as legalization continues.

How does Marijuana Work?

When marijuana is heated the THC rises in the form of smoke or vapor. THC is an element that gives the euphoric highs that cannabis is renowned for. Cannabis above 23% is judged to be of a high THC content. The range is generally from 19% to 23%. With the ongoing marijuana legalization, expect to see many THC infused products with a variety of benefits.

There is a large difference between vaporization and combustion. When marijuana is combusted, plant matter and filter paper is turned to smoke, and all the harmful chemicals from these substances end up being in your system. Numerous scientific studies indicate that vaporization is healthier than combustion. Materials heat to a lower temperature, which means that only the essential oils containing the THC and other compounds gets released. Chemicals get left behind as the heat is not strong enough to release them to gas.

Endocannabinoids

Cannabinoid receptors can be found throughout the body and play a role in practically all bodily functions, including sleep, appetite, mood, emotions, immune function, fertility and reproduction, hunger, temperature, memory, pain, pleasure and motor control. Endocannabinoids are chemical messengers that tell these receptors when to start and stop functioning. With many neurological disorders, endocannabinoids can help to get things moving again.

The Wonders of Marijuana

Research indicates the effects of marijuana on health are overwhelmingly positive. That said, it is still important to use responsibly. Excessive consumption, just like anything else, will result in unfavorable consequences. The real danger lies for children and young adults who might overuse. Marijuana has become one of the most illegitimately criticized foods in the world. The fact of the matter is that it does lower motivation, and there is a possible link between lower IQ and cannabis consumption.

It is also worth noting that while marijuana is generally good for neurological disorders, there are going to be instances where it will produce adverse effects. But if you are avoiding cannabis because you might put on weight, then you are doing so for the wrong reason.

Author Bio – John Levy is the author of this post. He is a blogger for Pot Valet, a leading company to provide marijuana delivery service in Santa Barbara. He has 5 years of experience in the Cannabis industry and loves to share useful information about cannabis and related products.

Colorado THC Water Scare

Colorado THC Water Scare | Stoner News

Recently, reports surfaced that a town in Colorado had discovered that there was THC in their water supply. People started freaking out; news articles began to appear warning people not to drink the water, shower with it, or even use it in cooking. The advisory was in place for two days and 700 people were without water.

The whole ordeal began when a company was drug testing employees with a field testing kit but was noticing that there was some discrepancies in the results. The company decided to test the tap water, thinking that it would serve as a control for further tests by showing what absolute negative looked like, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Captain Michael Yowell said. When the field test showed it’s results, it stated that the water was testing positive for THC. The company reported these findings to the town’s public works department, which then used field tests in a few spots in the water system and found THC positive results in one of the town’s five wells, as well as other locations in the system. It became even more strange when the sheriff’s department found that the well that had tested positive for THC had been broken in to.

Health officials didn’t get any reports of symptoms from drinking the water but the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was called in to collect some samples to send to the lab. The advisory to avoid the water was issued out of caution, saying that short term ingestion could impair peoples’ coordination and could potentially increase anxiety and paranoia in some. But after extensive investigations in to whether or not the water contained THC, it was found that it didn’t and the field test was probably showing a false negative. The police still don’t know who broke in to the well and are still looking in to it.

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Cannabis Is Decriminalized In Parts Of Disney

Cannabis Is Decriminalized In Parts Of Disney | Stoner News

The vast expanse of Disney property covers land from Osceola to Orange County in Florida. The park is enormous and not only owns the amusement part but also a lot of the surrounding resorts. And now, if you get caught with anything less than twenty grams of cannabis, you might not face jail time if you’re in Osceola. Instead, you may only be looking at a fine of $100, officials are saying, after an ordinance decriminalizing small amounts of cannabis was passed unanimously by Osceola County commissioners.

Be warned though. If you are in Orange County, they will still haul you to jail. The ordinance only passed in Osceola so be mindful of where you’re at in Disney before you decide it’s a good idea to carry/smoke. Commissioner Brandon Arrington from Osceola said that the new rule would save taxpayers a great deal of money. “There’s an overall lack of funding for mental health in the United States, let alone Osceola,” he stated, on the topic of the profits from the fines being contributed to mental health funding in the county.

Osceola is not alone in passing this ordinance. Other counties and cities in the Sunshine state including Miami, Tampa, Miami Beach, Hallandale Beach, Orlando, and Fernandina Beach have all launched citation programs within the last year. In Osceola, officers will now be able to either arrest the offender or simply issue a ticket. “It gives them another tool, another option,” said county attorney Andrew Mai. Officials now have ten days to file the ordinance with the state and it is projected that it will go in to effect thirty days from that.

Slowly but surely, cannabis is being decriminalized in Florida. Considering that a few years ago, Florida was considered one of the most dangerous states for cannabis users, this is a huge step in the right direction. Florida will actually give voters the chance to speak on the topic this November, after United For Care collected the required signatures to put medical marijuana treatment programs on the ballot. Hopefully, this time it will pass, as Florida did vote on a medical marijuana initiative back in 2014 but it lost by a sliver with 58% of the vote (60% being required to pass).

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DEA Delays Reclassifying Cannabis

DEA Delays Reclassifying Cannabis | Stoner News

Unfortunately for cannabis advocates and stoners everywhere, a senior executive at the DEA has confirmed that the Drug Enforcement Administration will not be announcing the rescheduling of cannabis in 2016. “The DEA is not going to reschedule marijuana this year. They aren’t issuing a public announcement about that change,” the attorney adds.

Currently, cannabis holds a Schedule I classification, making it “legally” one of the most dangerous substances and also not allowing much leeway for research. The Schedule I class also has no medical value, according to the DEA. Marijuana advocates have been working hard in order to get the DEA to move cannabis to a Schedule II, which would acknowledge the fact that cannabis has a medical use, as well as allow room for more research to be done on the plant.

Back in April, the DEA sent a letter to lawmakers saying that the agency would release a statement on the rescheduling of cannabis in the first half of 2016. But when July 1st came and went and the DEA stayed silent, questions began. “We do not have a date set to make an announcement about that one way or another,” a DEA public affairs rep said. The way it sounds, we won’t be seeing that reclassification this year.

The DEA has repeatedly attempted to make a joke out of medical cannabis. The head of the organization called the plant a “joke”, a slap in the face to those patients out there who utilize cannabis in order to live out a normal day with no pain. If researchers cannot study the plant, we will never know it’s full potential use. It could possibly help so many people, solve so many of the problems that face our country as well as the world. With a renewable resource such as hemp and a medicine like cannabis, the world would be a much better and cleaner place to live. Unfortunately, we can only continue to wait for the DEA and other government organizations to come to the realization that cannabis is something that can help and people should absolutely not be jailed for it.

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A First In Boston, Medical Marijuana For Sale

A First In Boston, Medical Marijuana For Sale | Stoner News

As it always seems to be, the east coast is delayed in it’s implementing of medical cannabis laws. Take for example Massachusetts. They have been preparing for their dispensaries to open for years now, since 2012, making patients wait and wait to get their hands on their medicine. There have been seven dispensaries to open their doors in Massachusetts. However, none have been located in one of the most popular cities on the east coast. But now, finally, there is hope for the patients in the bustling city of Boston. A medical marijuana dispensary known (fittingly) as Patriot Care, has finally opened it’s doors and is open for business at 21 Milk St.

The dispensary hadn’t even opened yet but it had more than 200 state-certified patients ready to come in and purchase pot. They had preregistered with Patriot care and the heads of the company said that they were bracing themselves to take on at least 150 customers a day. “We’re proud to be here,” said Robert Mayerson, the chief executive at Patriot. “We’re taking a space vacant for ten years and bringing economic vitality back to it.” The building is even equipped to handle disabled patients that have issues with stairs, boasting a chairlift that brings you up the four stairs to the dispensary door. Patriot Care, who has another location in Lowell, has been distributing coupons for their Boston store opening and have been complimented on how professional they’ve been about the opening. “I am excited for patients,” said Nichole Snow, executive director of the Massachusetts Patients Advocacy Alliance. “It’s been a long time coming.”

When Patriot Care announced that it wanted to open a store on Milk St, there were problems right from the start. Boston police were worried about the on-street drug dealing while the residents that live in the area were fearful for the status of their neighborhood, hoping that their once-dangerous area would be once again become unsafe. Other businesses also raised questions as to if the area would remain secure and the idea of increased traffic was brought up as well. All of these concerns mounted against Patriot Care and delayed their opening for a good while. Now, some anxieties have eased but there are still some people who are concerned. “The devil is in the details and we probably need a good three to six month track record to know how this will work out,” said Rishi Shukla, co-founder of the Downtown Boston Residents’ Association. “Patriot Care, to their credit, has made some concessions for safety and police,” Shukla said. “ They agreed to a police detail during business hours and making sure there aren’t lines out the door.”

Again, the east coast is far behind the west in regards to cannabis (and basically everything else, sorry guys, it’s true, I live on the east coast, but we do have better pizza). But with abiding dispensaries such as Patriot Care beginning to open their doors and show people that cannabis isn’t a terrible business, we can surely hope to sure more stores opening up in other states that have passed medical marijuana laws but have not implemented them yet.

A First In Boston, Medical Marijuana For Sale | Stoner News

Medical Cannabis Coming To Florida

Medical Cannabis Coming To Florida | Stoner News

Since medical cannabis has swept the nation, the east coast has had trouble keeping up with the west. Many of the states on the east coast have problems even passing cannabis laws, forget about implementing them. This keeps patients from getting the healthier medicine they need and forces them to continue taking the painkillers that the doctors give them. Florida has had an especially hard time putting together it’s medical cannabis laws but good news for patients; the plant will hopefully be available to a small group of people starting as early as next week.

The cannabis laws in Florida were passed back in 2014 and allows for a low level THC strain to be distributed at six dispensing organizations that are licensed by the Department of Health. These six organizations are able to grow, process, and distribute low level THC cannabis to approved patients suffering from cancer, severe epilepsy, and chronic muscle spasms.

Trulieve, one of the six, received the go-ahead from the Department of Health to being selling their products to patients. Seeing as how only 15 doctors have signed up to order the low-THC products and there are no patients that are currently registered in the statewide database that shows eligible patients for the program. The dispensaries in Florida will only be able to sell to those in the database, so as of right now, there aren’t even any customers. The process was supposed to get under way over a year ago but the legal issues have been roadblocking the progress. Trulieve plans to open it’s dispensing facility in Tallahassee next week.

New legislature passed this year says that once the patient database in Florida reaches 250,000, three more dispensaries will be able to open, allowing many more patients access to medical cannabis as treatment. This update to the law also allows for dispensaries to start selling full strength cannabis in order to help with the ailments that low THC strains do not. The stronger strains should be available in August, according to Trulieve.

In November, Florida will again vote on whether or not to allow full strength cannabis for a multitude of other afflictions such as HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, and PTSD. This bill failed to pass back in 2014, falling short of the 60% approval that it needed. Patients hope that this time around, the voters will allow the higher THC cannabis to help with a wider range of illnesses, instead of just focusing on one.

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NASDAQ Rejects MassRoots Application

NASDAQ Rejects MassRoots Application | Stoner News

Many stoners around the world are familiar with the largely successful cannabis-based social media outlet MassRoots. The Denver based company connects cannabis users, businesses, and activists via the internet, making it easier for people involved in the cannabis industry to network without the fear of being shut down, as Facebook and Instagram have been known to do. The MassRoots portal provides a safehaven for 420 friendly people everywhere. And recently, MassRoots Inc (MSRT.PK) submitted an application to be included in the NASDAQ stock exchange, which was denied.

The news came on Monday, said MassRoots Chief Executive Isaac Dietrich said in a statement. “This will have ripple effects across the entire industry, making it more difficult for cannabis entrepreneurs to raise capitol and slow the progression of cannabis legalization in the United States,” he said. MassRoots plans to appeal the decision and NASDAQ declined to confirm whether it denied the application. As of right now, there is only one company that is listed on the NASDAQ and that is Insys Therapeutics (INSY.O). The pharmaceutical company is developing a cannabis based drug.

Cannabis related businesses and social media pages have been struggling to be accepted, even though there are 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana and a handful have even gone further and legalized recreational use of the plant. As stated earlier, cannabis businesses, users, and activists have had issues on social media, having their accounts deleted and taken from them. By NASDAQ rejecting MassRoots’ application, it may cause serious problems ahead for other cannabis related businesses attempting to get their names in official places, like NASDAQ. As of right now, these canna-companies must trade over the counter, where the regulations aren’t as strict and the trading is done between two individuals and not in a centralized exchange. Presenting a large problem for those businesses wishing to gain footing in this blooming industry.

NASDAQ Rejects MassRoots Application | Stoner News

Disrespectful Dispensary Raid Gets Cops In Trouble

Disrespectful Dispensary Raid Gets Cops In Trouble | Stoner News


A few months back, there was a huge story that came out along with a video that showed a group of police officers in Southern California raiding a dispensary. The cannabis industry in used to raids due to the classification of the plant but if you watched this video, you could immediately tell that there was something different about this raid. These cops weren’t doing things normally. The three Santa Ana police officers were caught on tape eating edibles from the dispensary, insulting a patient in a wheelchair, and playing darts while the taxpayers supplied their paychecks. This group of disrespectful officers even went as far as to attempt to destroy the security tapes but missed a hidden one at Sky High Holistic, the unfortunate dispensary.

In the video, the police can be seen bursting in through the doors of the dispensary with a battering ram. They can be heard shouting and yelling at the patients in the store to get down on the ground and put their hands behind their heads. They escort patients out of the store and begin to destroy the place, ripping security cameras out of the walls, removing the DVR player and the flat screen TV. A few of the officers even take edibles from under the counter and begin eating them, saying terrible things about the patients they just escorted out. “Did you punch that one legged old benita?” asks a male officer in the video. His female coworker replies, “I was about the kick her in her f*cking nub.”

While the video shows the officers eating candy bars and one commenting that he “felt lightheaded”, they claimed that they did not eat any of the edibles in the store, but rather the non-medicated food that was kept on site for the staff to eat. This group of bullies even asked that the video not be shown to the public because it violates their rights of privacy. A judge in Orange County Superior Court, Judge Ronald Bauer, disagreed, saying “[police] should not expect privacy in their on duty performance of an official function at a marijuana dispensary. They have made no claim that their work required secrecy or that it would be impeded by public review.”

However convincing this group of terrible people thought they were, their story fell short and the three were fired from the Santa Ana Police Department, according to reports. Brandon Matthew Sontag, Nicole Lynn Quijas, and Jorge Arroyo were all let go earlier this year, Sontag and Quijas had their last day on May 6th, while Arroyo got to add some salt to his wounds and had his last day on the famous April 20th.

Disrespectful Dispensary Raid Gets Cops In Trouble | Stoner News

Employee Fired Over Medical Cannabis Reinstated

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Employee Fired Over Medical Cannabis Reinstated | Stoner News

Medical and recreational cannabis bring a lot of grey area to the table, seeing as how the federal government still places the plant as a Schedule 1 drug. This grey area is very apparent when it comes to employment. While some jobs don’t drug test, many these days do and testing positive for THC can cause you to lose the interview or, in some cases, cost you a job that you’ve been working hard at already.

In Eugene, Oregon, Michael Hirsch, age 60, worked as the Senior Programmer and Systems Analyst with the Lane County Information Services Department. During a training session in November of 2015, two HR employees said that they smelled cannabis on Hirsch after a training session. He was asked to submit to a drug test, which showed a positive result for cannabis. Hirsch was fired, even though his use of cannabis is medical, as he is a survivor of prostate cancer.

Lane County Public Information Officer Jason Davis said that this particular case is somewhat unusual. Judges usually rule in favor of the employer but Arbitrator Jeffrey Jacobs found that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove that Hirsch’s marijuana use was effecting his job and that he was not medicating while at work.

“As with any instance where we have a single individual, who is testifying on their own behalf, or giving an account of their own behavior, then there is also a perceived behavior that the employer sees,”David said. “You try to resolve and reconcile those two stories and in this instance it needed to be heard by a third party, who was outside the incident. And that third party thought that the individual was in the right.” Hirsch was given more than $21,000 in back pay for his time away from work, a total of six months out of his job. He is expected to return to work in the next couple of weeks.

Employee Fired Over Medical Cannabis Reinstated | Stoner News

Kids & Edibles

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Kids & Edibles | Stoner News

One of the largest arguments against the well working, widely used cannabis edible is that they are geared towards children. Edibles come in all shapes and sizes, from candies and granola bars to soda and tea. Those who are against cannabis claim that when edibles are widely available (ie with recreational marijuana) more children will get their hands on them. Since kids will have a harder time differentiating cannabis edibles from normal food, it has been argued that edibles should be taken off the market for good.

Although weed edibles are under heavy scrutiny and constant attack, the FDA recently approved a candy flavored amphetamine-based medicine that will be marketed to children who are diagnosed with ADHD later this year. This new, mislabeled version of speed was introduced to the pharmaceutical market near the end of May, is called Adzenys. The drug will be given to children who doctors deem “overactive” and kids as young as six years old will be given this gummy version of meth.

Obviously, making a form of speed that is chewy and fruit flavored will cause some controversy. Neos Therapeutics, the company that is distributing Adzenys has said that its team of 125 salespeople have had no issues setting up appointments all over the country with doctors who are ready and willing to prescribe this drug to children of almost all ages.

It seems highly counterproductive that doctors everywhere would be able to give small children a form of amphetamine. Colorado recently starting working on legislature to ban any sort of cannabis product in any shape that child might find interesting. But while people bust down the doors of dispensaries to get rid of the adult-intended edibles on the shelves, doctors are going to start feeding them amphetamine that could potentially lead to addiction.

Cannabis edibles are not geared towards children. Most adults will tell you that they love eating candy and snacks just as much as any five years old. Edibles also make it easy for patients to medicate. This allows them to avoid inhaling smoke and to get a different kind of high to treat their ailments. To take away these patients medicine while joyfully giving fruit flavored gummy meth is incredibly unfair and wrong. Children should not be given meth and adults should be able to purchase their cannabis in a way that works for them. It is, however, up to the adults to be responsible in keeping track of their edibles and to keep them away from children.

Kids & Edibles | Stoner News

Microsoft Enters Cannabuisness

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Microsoft Enters Cannabuisness | Stoner News

Since cannabis started becoming medically and recreationally legal, the industry has encountered many issues. Banks won’t allow dispensaries to use accounts, security issues, and big business seems to shun those involved in the green rush. Even though medical cannabis has gone a long way, dispensaries are still dealing with trouble from every day institutions. But the Microsoft company has made a big move in favor of cannabis.

Microsoft is welcoming a marijuana compliance company called Kind Financial onto its Azure Government cloud platform. Kind Financial is based out of Los Angeles and provides seed-to-sale tracking solutions. The company, while it has been a commercial client of Microsoft’s Azure cloud since it’s founding in 2014. In the last nine months, Kind CEO David Dinenberg has speaking with Microsoft officials in order to get the company promoted to Azure Government. A separate cloud platform with security and compliance protocols that are geared towards entities that interact with federal agencies.

“Kind agreed that Azure Government is the only cloud platform designed to meet government standards for the closely regulated cannabis compliance programs and we look forward to working together to help our government customers launch successful regulatory programs,”

said Kimberly Nelson, the executive director of Microsoft’s state and local government solutions divisions, released in a statement.

A move like this shows that there is a certain open mindedness at Microsoft… Or at least a desire to get in on the roughly $5.7 billion that cannabis sales made in 2015. “It’s undeniable that Microsoft’s interest in this industry shows we are maturing” says Gladha DeCarcer, CEO of New Frontier, an industry analytics firm. “Not only will the perception of companies in the cannabis space improve externally as a result of this news, but it’ll also mean that everyone from Mom and Pop businesses to sophisticated multinationals will see their opportunities improve.”

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Cannabis May Be Able To Halt Alzheimer’s

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Cannabis May Be Able To Halt Alzheimer’s | Stoner News

There are more than five million American’s that are living with Alzheimer’s Disease, according the to Alzheimer’s Association. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the country. As of right now, there is no cure. But recent research has shown that cannabis may have promise as a medicine that can stop the progression of Alzheimer’s. Since some of the symptoms include mental confusion, difficulty thinking or understanding, loss of appetite, mood swings, and other symptoms, researchers have really been looking in to using cannabis to help stop the disease.

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Research has led to the fact that THC can protect the brain from degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. It is believed that Alzheimer’s is caused by protein fragments that are known as bet-amyloid. The beta-amyloid destroys synapses, which then forms clumps of plaque that cause the death of the nerve cells. When THC is introduced, it acts as a natural and safe amyloid inhibitor. The medicine that is currently on the market now for the ease of Alzheimer’s symptoms is not as safe, another reason as to why the plant is being looked at as treatment.

Another benefit of THC in Alzheimer’s patients is the fact that it boosts the function of the mitochondria. This is responsible for generating the energy required to function. The cells in the brain require a lot of energy in order to communicate with each other as well as the rest of the body. Doctors have also discussed brain inflammation as another cause of Alzheimer’s and cannabis is one of the most effective (and natural) anti-inflammatory known to modern medicine. There is also far less of an addiction risk as compared to prescription drugs.

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Cannabis has been classified as a Schedule 1 drug. This fact has hindered the research of THC on all types of diseases, including Alzheimer’s. Even though there are those who still believe that cannabis will have worse effects than the current prescribed drugs. It is clear that the plant shows at least some promise at fighting disorders where traditional medicine has failed. At the very least, cannabis is worth looking at for treatment to a multitude of afflictions.

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Cannabis Gives Back

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There are numerous reasons as to why some people don’t want cannabis to be legalized and these people will come up with any reason possible in order to keep others away from this amazing plant. Among these arguments is that the legal cannabis industry will contribute to teen use (myth), crime rates will rise (also a myth), and the communities will be overrun with citizens of all ages getting stoned (maybe not so much of a myth but no one is concerned with their neighbor’s tobacco/alcohol habit so what’s the big deal if no one is causing problems?). But since the cannabis industry is dead set on proving the negative stigma wrong, businesses and governments are beginning to see the economic boom that legal marijuana can bring.

In Colorado, where cannabis is legal for everyone over the age of 21, part of the implemented law specifically states that a tax of 15% gets taken out when wholesalers sell to the retailers. That specific tax is given to special school taxes. The money is meant to be used to repair and build schools around the state of Colorado. This particular tax isn’t seen by the customers of the retail cannabis shops. When bought at a store, the tax charged goes to the state’s general fund and focuses on drug prevention education, substance abuse treatment, and research.

The Rocky Mountain State is also doing amazing things with marijuana tax money to help to homeless in the Pueblo, CO area. The Pueblo County commissioners recently approved a grant of $25,000 to go towards the Pueblo Area Law Enforcement Chaplain’s Crop. The money will be used to attempt to reduce the homeless population by helping people that have family out of town or out of state get their familial support system back. In previous cases, the group was only able to send people about 100 miles, which left some stranded halfway between Colorado and home. Now, with the help of money made from marijuana taxes, people will be able to have their trips home completely funded. Each person the gets involved with the program gets a bus trip and a motel voucher for the voyage. Aurora, CO is also using cannabis tax money to help it’s homeless. The city will provide $4.5 million to programs that will assist homeless over the next three years. The focal point of one of these programs is to offer a place for homeless children to attend school, as well as get fed, supplies for classes, and go on field trips, all things that they might not otherwise get to do.

Backtracking to Pueblo, CO, the city also decided to pass an additional tax on recreational marijuana cultivation facilities. This money will be used to fund the college tuition of students that are graduating from high school. With the program just getting up and running this year, it will start off by giving out twenty five $1000 scholarships for the fall of 2016. This tax will be phased in over the next five years, where 50% of the money will be used for scholarships and the remainder will go towards public improvement and medical marijuana research. Pueblo, CO is a perfect example of a town taking advantage of legal cannabis.

Last but not least, a school in Nevada got the unfortunate news that they were losing a large scholarship that sent a group of students to Washington DC every year. Students would go to the capitol to see how things really worked at the nation’s home base, as well as give them a chance to explore the architecture and historical monuments. But the trip was expensive and wasn’t obtainable for students without the help. Cue the medical marijuana businesses help. Pahrump’s M&M Development donated $3000 and Nye County Consultants Association threw down $5000.

Actions like these by medical and legal cannabis companies is important and shows people how kind the industry can be. It’s not all about “just getting high”. Those that are involved in the cannabis industry want to help and it’s only smart of governments to take advantage of that in order to help their citizens lead better lives.

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Children As Young As 11 Can Receive Oxycontin But Not Cannabis

Children As Young As 11 Can Receive Oxycontin But Not Cannabis | Stoner News

In the last few years, the United State has seen a surge in opiate related deaths. More and more people are dying from this type of overdose than they are of traffic accidents in some areas. The problem with opiate drug addiction has become so bad that some government bodies and media outlets have begun to call it an epidemic. It comes as a shock to say the least, in the midst of this battle with opiates, that the FDA would approve the use of Oxycontin for children as young as age eleven who have cancer, trauma, or major surgery. Even though Purdue Pharma reformulated Oxycontin to make it more difficult to abuse, the drug still has highly addictive properties and could cause a notable amount of sick children to have to face opiate addiction later in life.

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At this particular age, the brain is still developing. The teenage years are detrimental as this is the main stage at where the brain matures, finishing it’s growth at age twenty five. Studies show that one in twenty five high school seniors had abused Oxycontin. For children, the effects of Oxycontin would not aim to heal but instead to make the child more “comfortable”. Long acting medications prevent breakthrough pain so the children are able to “focus their energy on being a kid instead of fighting their pain,” says Justin Baker, a pediatric oncologist and palliative medicine doctor at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Additionally, having long acting painkillers “is going to be tremendously helpful for treating children with cancer pain or at the end of life.” Other doctors who treated patients with pediatric cancer hailed the FDAs approval to treat children in pain with Oxycontin as a way to ease suffering.

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An example of the negative effects of opiates on teenagers if Lauren Scott. The 16 year old was fighting undifferentiated soft tissue sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer. She battled it for three years and then briefly entered remission. But in recent months, the cancer spread to her lungs, where a very large and inoperable tumor makes daily activities (and sometimes even breathing) difficult. Lauren was prescribed morphine to ease the pain from the cancer but when the drug began to make her extremely sick, she turned to medical cannabis. According to Lauren’s mother, Cherri Chiodo, medical cannabis is the only thing that helped her daughter. Lauren ingests cannabis in the form of an oil that is high in CBD and low in THC. Even though the oil mainly manages Lauren’s pain, Cherri says hat it also helps her to eat and reduce the anxiety that would undoubtedly come from facing terminal cancer. Lauren takes up to a gram of the oil a day, either in a capsule or added in to her food.

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Since the data on cannabis as an official pain medicine is limited due to it’s Schedule 1 standing, there are still some doctors who swear against it’s use. There are many questions regarding the plants effect on growing brains but even with the questions, many doctors are beginning to embrace the idea of medical cannabis for younger patients. Dustin Sulak is an osteopathic general practitioner in the state of Maine and he uses medical marijuana to treat children who suffer from a wide range of illnesses, including cancer, epilepsy, autism, and PTSD. “We put all the options on the table and evaluate the risk/benefit of each,” he said. “Medical marijuana often emerges as a good choice because of it’s mild effects and efficacy.” Gregory Carter, a professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and a clinician in neuromuscular diseases has also recommended medical marijuana for children with cerebral palsy and childhood muscular dystrophy and the results he has seen from cannabis treatment is “mostly positive”.

So why prescribe children dangerously addictive drugs when there is a natural remedy out there? Not only that but while Oxycontin masks the pain, cannabis is being researched as a treatment and potential cure to many diseases due to our brains and bodies being hardwired to ingest THC and CBD. There are many parents who believe that cannabis is the only way to treat their children without harming them down the road. The negative side effects of medical marijuana are minimal if any and the plant is much more easy on a child’s system. “The nice thing about cannabis is that the negative side effects are much less than most other drugs given to children,” Sulak says. Carter agreed, stating, “I do feel, under almost any circumstance, that medical marijuana is safer than opiods.”

Children As Young As 11 Can Receive Oxycontin But Not Cannabis | Stoner News

Duke University Twins Study Concludes

Duke University Twins Study Concludes | Stoner News

We’ve all heard that stoner stereotype… People who smoke weed are dumber than people that don’t. Chances are if you’ve heard that and you’re reading this article, you know that that’s a myth. Smoking cannabis doesn’t make you stupid. This statement has been used as ammunition in the anti cannabis party for years but now, science is beginning to get the “OK” to experiment with the plant. New breakthroughs are presented every day. Recently, a very interesting study done by researchers at Duke University released their findings of a ten years study done on several pairs of twins, with some who used cannabis and some who did not.

The study wanted to see if cannabis use in adolescence effects the neurocognitive motor function in the brain. Several sets of twins were studied over the course of a ten year span. All of the twins in the study were absolutely fine and had little to no side effects from smoking cannabis. The study also pointed out that both those at both the high and low end of the IQ spectrum enjoyed smoking and were equally as likely to begin smoking. The twins with lower IQ scores enjoyed smoking cannabis because it made their underdeveloped brains feel stimulated and the smarter adolescents tend to get bored easily and seek out new and exciting activities to do. Cannabis indulgence is a hard group to pinpoint; there are just so many different people who enjoy using it. The study done on the twins shows that no matter if you’re genetically smarter or not, everyone has the potential to enjoy smoking pot. Not only that but it shows that the plant doesn’t affect the IQ of the person using it and that the “stupid stoner” stereotype is bunk.

Teen use of marijuana still isn’t widely supported nor is it highly protested against. There is the still generally accepted idea that children with predispositions to schizophrenia and other psychological issues with automatically up their risk for a formal diagnosis of a disorder if the smoke cannabis. Additionally, there is also the theory that the memory making section of the brain is effected by teen cannabis use and is thought to be linked to poor test taking skills and other memory related tasks later in life (although some people will definitely chalk that up to unnecessary pressure in society today, which is a logical explanation).

Even if teen use of cannabis isn’t widely accepted, there are many successful people who smoked cannabis in their teen years and are totally fine. If society should blame any substance for long lasting negative effects on the developing brain, it should be alcohol. It has been proven that teenage drinking can lead to intellectual and behavioral impairments that aren’t temporary and can follow a person for life. There are also studies that show drinking during teen years can stunt the growth of the hippocampus, which is where the brain controls learning and memory. Either way, it is still recommended that you try to avoid indulging in any substance until you are over the age of 18. Most states require that recreational cannabis be purchased by someone over the age of 21.

Duke University Twins Study Concludes | Stoner News

New Hampshire Opens First MMJ Dispensary

New Hampshire Opens First MMJ Dispensary | Stoner News

The east coast is much further behind on the cannabis legalization front than the west. There are no states on the east coast that have legalized the plant and some are just being plain stubborn. Take for example, New Hampshire. This small north eastern state legalized the use of medical marijuana nearly three years ago and now, in 2016, the first one has finally opened in Plymouth. Sanctuary ATC is one of only three companies that have been selected to run dispensaries in the Granite State. The other shops include Temescal Wellness (which will be opening in Dover and Lebanon this spring) and Prime ATC, scheduled to open this summer in Merrimack.

Patients are tired of waiting for their medical cannabis in the state of New Hampshire. As opiate addiction and overdose deaths soar, people are terrified to use the traditional painkillers that are given out at the doctors. Many are beginning to look towards cannabis as an alternative treatment. While Sanctuary ATC is the only dispensary allowed to be open to the public right now, Temescal and Prime ATC hope to be open and running by the summer, if not sooner.

At the end of April, there were 613 patients and 39 caregivers that had been approved for New Hampshire’s medical marijuana program, according to the state. There were over 800 people that applied for the program and only three patients have been denied. The rest of the applications were incomplete as submitted but the state has been trying to notify those who have incomplete applications in order to get them in to the program by filling the forms out correctly. Patients as of right now can only register to one dispensary but the numbers for each location seem good; 147 people have signed up for Sanctuary ATC’s location, 136 with Prime ATC in Merrimack, and a combined 170 for the two Temescal Wellness locations. These totals also don’t include people who have been approved but still do not have a physical card for the program.

Even though the small state of New Hampshire has taken a while to get the ball rolling on the medical marijuana program, they will hopefully be able to implement a stable program that will assist in getting their heroin epidemic under control. For such a small area, New Hampshire has some of the highest overdose rates due to opiates in the country. While the state pays to build liquor stores on the highway, patients are struggling to cope with their chronic pain while avoiding painkillers and other patients are dying, like Linda Horan, who sued New Hampshire in order to get her medical marijuana in Maine, since the state took so long to implement the dispensary program. Now that the first shop is open, patients in the Granite State finally have safe medicine to look forward to in the coming months.

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Five Ridiculous Laws Pertaining To Cannabis

Five Ridiculous Laws Pertaining To Cannabis

Some cannabis laws are in place to keep us safe, but these laws seem to come from a long ago forgotten time when you hand cranked up your jalopy and drove to the box social with your sweetie. Thankfully, the laws are beginning to change. With the help of cannabis advocates everywhere but unfortunately, some of these are still around. Always remember to be careful when smoking in places where marijuana might not be popular. Be sure that you know the laws in different states when you visit. You never know when the cops will pull you over.

In Texas, it’s ok to give someone life in prison for marijuana.

Tyrone Brown was a teenager that attempted to steal a man’s wallet containing $2. Tyrone gave back the money and the man’s wallet when he realized what he was doing was wrong. “Luckily” after some support from the press Tyrone was released after serving 17 years. Then there’s the case of Jacob Lavoro, who was caught selling edibles (again in Texas). Police claimed Lavoro was running a low level edibles operation. He was initially charged with first degree felony possession and intent to distribute. These crimes carry a harsh sentence up to life in prison. The charges were dropped. The idea that such low level crimes can carry such a harsh punishment is frightening to say the least.

In Texas, possession of anything less than two ounces is punishable by up to 180 days in prison. Plus a ridiculous fine of up to $2,000. The sale of any amount of marijuana over fifty pounds can land you up ninety-nine years in jail.

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Marijuana is illegal in Texas but still taxable.

The idea here is to “tax” any person found in possession of marijuana. If they have already purchased a tax stamp. Since marijuana is still illegal, the only way to get the stamp is to already be in possession of the substance. The government found this to be unconstitutional on a federal level yet it remains in effect to this day in Texas. The fact is, they are double tapping you with fines and nothing is being done about it.

Get caught in Oklahoma with any amount, go to jail for a year.

In the state of Oklahoma, getting busted with cannabis (any amount of the stuff) can land you in jail for a year. If you get caught for a second time, again with any amount, no matter how small, you can get jail time for up to ten years. Having any sort of concentrate will get you in even deeper trouble, especially if you get caught with it in your car. Distributing, transporting, dispensing, or possession with intent can get you life behind bars, along with a hefty fine of $20,000. Manufacturing concentrates will also potentially get you life in jail, plus a fine of around $50,000.

Internal possession of alcohol and/or cannabis in NH counts as straight possession.

Most people believe that if you get stopped by the police with drugs or alcohol, ingesting the substance will make the situation better. Since the illicit substance is no longer “on your person”, the cops can’t find it, right? Wrong. In the state of New Hampshire (as well as a few others), the cops can still bust you for possessing these substances even when they’re in your stomach. So if you ever run in to trouble in New Hampshire, remembering that eating what you have on you isn’t a surefire way to avoid trouble.

This basically harmless plant is a Schedule 1 drug in the eyes of the Federal Government.

Cannabis is in the same class as heroin, and as such the use, cultivation, possession and sale is illegal. So far 18 states have passed medical cannabis laws making it legal in the state, they still carry the risk of being raided and robbed of their hard work. As far as the government is concerned, weed is no bueno. Thankfully, more advocates are pushing for the Feds to remove themselves from the business of medical marijuana laws within allowing states.

Five Ridiculous Laws Pertaining To Cannabis

Cannabis In The NFL

Cannabis In The NFL

Major league sports aren’t exempt from drug use. But most players involved in heavy contact sports such as football usually aren’t using marijuana. Instead, it is found that a lot of these players have issues with painkillers and prescribed drugs. Since they are always getting hit so hard, players need something to take that terrible edge off. After broken bones and concussions, the doctors really can’t give the players any other option. The players are taking matters in to their own hands in order to avoid the inevitable road to addiction that most of them end up suffering from. The players are turning to cannabis.

Even though the NFL drug tests the players and still considers marijuana to be illegal, more and more players are testing positive for the plant. Players that haven’t even gotten drafted yet are testing positive for cannabis and the NFL is at a loss. By preventing the players from using cannabis, they are hurting themselves by keeping talented athletes off of the field. In the 2015 draft, one player tested positive for cannabis in a drug test and another from a different state was charged with possession of marijuana. After these two incidents, an NFL general manager stated that there is probably a good 30% of players using marijuana even though they’re not supposed to.

The NFL tests their players once a year, around April 20th go figure. So the players have a time frame in place to try and beat the drug test system. They have virtually all year to smoke and do whatever other substances they feel like ingesting. But marijuana is something that the players are using to cope with the stress of the career that they’ve chosen. Rather than take Percocet or Oxycontin, the players are beginning to take the medical effects of marijuana seriously.

Marijuana is questionable when it comes to sports. Some people believe that those players that smoke weed actually have an advantage over others. While simultaneously, there are others who claim that it’s a hinderance on performance. Whether it not it helps or halts the talent of a player, there’s no reason there should be such a hefty penalty for these players using cannabis. Even though it’s just a few games suspension, these players legitimately put their health on the line to amuse us. If they want to smoke, let them.

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Ten US Politicians That Admit To Toking

Ten US Politicians That Admit To Toking

Politicians, while seemingly against marijuana use for the most part (although more are beginning to realize the benefits of the plant, whether it be for monetary reasons or just plain common sense), were all young once. They didn’t know that they would someday be in a fancy office, passing laws. So what did they do? Smoked weed, just like us. Even though they may be against it now (or not), there are many US politicians that have rolled a joint or two in their day.

– Obama has admitted to smoking and there are even photos of him that circulate the internet where he is holding a joint. Even though the Obama administration has had numerous raids on marijuana establishments, the current President has told people that he has indeed smoked a doobie or two in his day.

– John Kerry appeared on Rock The Vote in 2003, where the candidates were asked, “Which of you are ready to admit that you’ve used marijuana in the past?” Kerry, who is now the Secretary of State, simply responded, “Yes.”

– Even though Republican Rand Paul says that using marijuana will cause users to “lose IQ points”, a female college classmate has stated that Paul and his friend actually kidnapped her at one point and tried to make her smoke weed with them. Doesn’t seem like a typical stoner move but maybe it was just really good weed that they wanted to share?

– George W. Bush should’ve rethought his answer to a question directed at him back in 2005. He told reporters that he “didn’t want to answer marijuana questions. Want to know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried.”

– “I did not inhale.” If you don’t know who said that, you definitely haven’t been paying attention to the memes of the internet. Bill Clinton was the one who said that famous line, claiming that when he did try smoking weed, he didn’t actually inhale the smoke. But when asked again, Clinton said, “I never denied that I used marijuana. I told the truth, I thought it was funny.” So do we, Bill.

– While New York’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg says that legalizing marijuana is one of the greatest hoaxes of all time, he told New York Magazine in 2001 that he indeed had smoked a joint and enjoyed it.

– Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, is not a huge fan of marijuana legalization but he’s not opposed to the idea either. He has admitted to trying the plant before but doesn’t seem fond of his choice to indulge in the ganja.

– At this point in time, Sarah Palin is more of a celebrity figure as compared to a politician but she has freely said that she’s tried smoking weed. “I can’t claim a Bill Clinton and say I never inhaled,” stated the former Alaskan governor in a 2006 interview with Anchorage Daily News.

– Imagine growing up in a world where marijuana was legal… What a great thought, right? Well according to rumors, it almost happened when John F. Kennedy was in office. JFK reportedly wanted to legalize marijuana and was an avid user because of insufferable back pain.

– Most people are aware that our first President, George Washington, was a huge fan of growing hemp. He pushed for cultivation of the plant and was said to even smoke cannabis in order to relieve the pain that he was in due to his false teeth.

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Fox News Releases Poll That Supports Cannabis Legalization

Fox News Releases Poll That Supports Cannabis Legalization

Before you call me crazy, yes I am talking about the Fox News that we’re all familiar with. The one that refused to show support for marijuana… Up until now. With the public pressing for more marijuana information, the media giant Fox had no choice but to release something that they’re not too fond of; FACTS. But even Fox can’t argue with what the people are saying. And the people are saying that they want to see marijuana legalized.

In a poll that was recently done by Fox News, 51% of Americans want to see marijuana legalized like in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, etc. Since the internet provides such a great outlet to find information, people are beginning to see that marijuana is more than just some gateway drug that makes teens deflate like sad balloons.

Since 2001, the number of people that oppose marijuana legalization has dropped drastically. At the same time, the amount of people who support marijuana legalization has risen at the same rate. Back in 2001, only 26% of people supported legalization and even though the 51% is only a 1% jump from last year, the number is still climbing. Other polls have different results, however, as is to be expected of surveys like this. A similar poll done by CBS News found that there were 53% of Americans that supported marijuana legalization. In March, the General Social Survey released the information that 52% of Americans supported cannabis legalization. Numerous other polls had different results but the numbers usually rested around 51-54%.

Support of marijuana legalization should continue to grow over the next few years, even though some polls show that the numbers dropped over the last year. This is probably due mostly to scare tactics and the media focusing on the mostly negative news about marijuana. Although, as said above, the ability to connect to the internet gives people the ability to fact check for themselves. When they learn something new about marijuana, they can double check the information in a split second. With the help of the internet and the people who are working hard to get marijuana accepted, we can hope that the plant will be legalized soon.

Fox News Releases Poll That Supports Cannabis Legalization

Ten Illnesses That Marijuana Helps

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potential.therapeutic.medical.marijuanaTen Illnesses That Marijuana Helps

Marijuana has been proven to help patients with certain illnesses, including the most severe like cancer. Big Pharma is notorious for giving people prescriptions to drugs that aren’t actually helping. Who wants to take a pill to treat depression where the side effects include increased risk of suicide? While doctors and drug makers stock their pockets with green, a different shade of the color is beginning to take the medical community by storm.

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1. Depression
There are many Americans (and others worldwide) that suffer from the cold draw of depression. With a bleak outlook on life, these patients have trouble even getting out of bed in the morning. While some people will argue hand over fist that marijuana increases depression, those that have switched from Zoloft to Mary Jane know that the plant makes life seem much more bright.

2. Nausea
Feeling like you’re going to vomit? Most chemo patients have severe problems with nausea, making it hard for them to maintain a healthy weight while enduring the harsh radiation treatments. Other people deal with bad nausea as well, including people who simply come down with the flu. While doctors will prescribe hard drugs like Anzamet (which lead users to terrible nightmares and side effects similar to Parkinson’s), marijuana is a miracle plant when treating nausea. One bong hit and your stomach never felt better.

3. Glaucoma
When the watery surface of the human eye deteriorates, doctors are quick to prescribe topical eye ointments/drops to their patients. The drawbacks of these medicines? Constant blurry vision is one, which would make driving or functioning in public extremely difficult, not to mention a permanent eye color change, transforming the iris from whatever color it currently is to brown. Studies dating back to the 70s show that marijuana is extremely effective at treating intraocular pressure in people suffering with glaucoma.

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4. Insomnia
If you mention to your doc that you’re having trouble sleeping, expect that they’re giving you something heavy like Benzos, tranquilizers, and sedatives. While these pills may help you sleep, the chance that you develop a dependency in high, no pun intended. Marijuana has been lulling people in to a healthy sleep since before most people knew what insomnia was.

5. Asthma
Bronchial spasms plague a good deal of people world wide. Having trouble breathing can be a terrifying experience and most people who suffer from asthma carry an inhaler with them at all times. Most doctors will prescribe Salbutamol for such an affliction. Side effects Potentially death if used wrong, not to mention extreme anxiety and tremors. So you’ll be able to breathe if you can get past your fear of everything around you and the fact that your hands no longer stay still. Marijuana actually opens the airways in your lungs and doesn’t have such a high mortality rate.

6. Cardiovascular Issues
High cholesterol becomes more of a common issue every day. Doctors tend to prescribe statins for these disorders and sometimes recommend Aspirin for it’s anti-clotting properties. But while pregnant women can’t ingest statins and Aspirin can cause bleeding in the stomach, these methods aren’t exactly perfect. Studies done on mice, however, show that marijuana reverses artery clogging and can even protect the heart from heart attacks in the future.

The highly-rated strain of medical marijuana 'Blue Dream' is displayed among others in glass jars at Los Angeles' first-ever cannabis farmer's market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary, on the fourth of July, or Independence Day, in Los Angeles, California on July 4, 2014 where organizer's of the 3-day event plan to showcase high quality cannabis from growers and vendors throughout the state. A vendor is seen here responding to questions and offering a whiff of the strain 'Skyjack'.  AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN        (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
The highly-rated strain of medical marijuana ‘Blue Dream’ is displayed among others in glass jars at Los Angeles’ first-ever cannabis farmer’s market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary, on the fourth of July, or Independence Day, in Los Angeles, California on July 4, 2014 where organizer’s of the 3-day event plan to showcase high quality cannabis from growers and vendors throughout the state. A vendor is seen here responding to questions and offering a whiff of the strain ‘Skyjack’. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

7. PTSD
Post traumatic stress disorder is something that more and more people seem to be diagnosed with. Considering how traumatic the world is getting, this makes sense. But with the doctors sticking to prescribing debilitating anti-depressants to treat this disorder, many people are suffering even more. Side effects stemming from these medicines include sexual problems, worsening depression, and dependency. The cannabis plant work to regulate the memories that trigger PTSD and the sativa strains that are available induce euphoria, making the user forget (even temporarily) what is causing their PTSD.

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8. Alzheimer’s Disease
This degenerative disorder is not only painful for the person who has it but for those around them. There are no well known treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. With only four drugs known to slow the progression of the disease, the treatments’ effectiveness isn’t well measured. Not to mention the drugs used can cause anorexia and a slower heart rate, leading to other problems. Those patients with Alzheimer’s that have used marijuana are shown to have reduced inflammation in the brain tissue. Add in the fact that marijuana also prevents cell death by anti-oxidation and you have a far better medicine for this terrible affliction.

9. Cancer
Most people will argue until they’re blue in the face that chemotherapy is the only treatment for cancer. But with a high relapse rate, the radiation treatment leaves more families without one of their members more often than not. Those who go through chemo will lose their ability to eat and sleep, plus they will lose their hair and quite possibly their will to eve live anymore. There are many reports of people using cannabis oil to treat their cancer as compared to chemo, with far more positive results from the plant than the radiation treatment. Not only do some people believe that marijuana can actually cure cancer, the plant also helps those undergoing chemo to eat, sleep, and function more normally.

10. Chronic Pain
Whether you’re suffering from an accident that happened years ago (or recently) or you happen to get serious migraines, chances are the doctor will hand you a bottle of opiates, tell you to take two, and call him in the morning. What presents a problem with this is that for one, opiates don’t always work for people and can cause bad nausea and sickness in some. Oh and don’t forget the unbelievable amount of overdoses and addiction to opiates that the US is dealing with. More people die from opiate overdoses these days than traffic accidents. Guess how many people have died from marijuana? Still zero. And taking a bong hit will help any headache without the risk of becoming heavily addicted.

Obama And Cannabis

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Obama And Cannabis

With the recent 2015 State of the Union speech, people are wondering why there was absolutely no mention of the most popular plant in the news today. While marijuana has been proven to not only be a benefit in a medical sense but also in an industrial one, the President didn’t even mention marijuana once in his speech, leading many marijuana supporters to be disappointed. The speech contained many topics that could benefit from marijuana, much like the following quotes.

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“That’s what middle-class economics is – the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. We don’t just want everyone to share in America’s success – we want everyone to contribute to our success.”

Marijuana is legal in a number of states and medical in many more but the White House has repeatedly tried to stop the growth of this new industry. If everyone is to get their fair share, why not allow those in the cannabis industry to contribute as well? Provided they follow specific rules and guidelines, they should be just as well respected as other industries.

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“So no one knows for certain which industries will generate jobs in the future.”

Many people are aware of the fact that legalizing marijuana would create hundreds if not thousands of jobs for people. From growers to trimmers to dispensary workers, marijuana would not only rake in revenue but prove people with employment in good environments. In a recent estimate, the marijuana industry was expected to add 200,000+ jobs to the workforce in 2015. And as marijuana expands and begins to grow as a business, there are surely only more jobs to be created.

“When what you’re doing doesn’t work for fifty years, it’s time to try something new.”

This part of the speech was enraging to activists of marijuana everywhere. For the last fifty years, the government has worked their asses off to prevent people from ingesting a harmless plant. They’ve spent millions of dollars on propaganda, most of it nonsense, along with “educational programs” designed to teach kids about the dangers of the plant, not to mention the people that are serving jail time. Marijuana prohibition has done nothing but hurt this country and for Obama not to mention it during this part of the speech is astounding and shocking.

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“As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice.”
There are thousands of people that are in jail or have a record because of a nonviolent marijuana related offense. From possession of less than a gram to cultivation of hundreds of plants, people get put behind bars for simply investing their time and efforts in to a plant. Take for example Jeff Mizanskey. Up until recently, Jeff was serving a life sentence in the state of Missouri. Not too long ago, Jeff was finally released after a 20+ year imprisonment for a nonviolent marijuana crime. Additionally, African American are almost four times as likely to be arrested for marijuana offenses as compared to white people, even though the consumption rates are basically the same. Justice? I think not.

Apple’s Just Say No Policy, MassRoots App Restrictions?

Apple’s Just Say No Policy, MassRoots App Restrictions?

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On the same November day that saw more than 1 million people in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., vote to legalize recreational marijuana, a popular social media app rooted in the cannabis space was removed from Apple’s massive commercial marketplace known as the App Store.

“The App Store is one of the largest content distribution channels in the world, and we’d already been on there for 14 months,” said Isaac Dietrich, CEO of Denver-based social media outfit MassRoots. “After we were taken down from the App Store, I called Apple back on election day and the guy said they had amended the App Store policy on cannabis social apps.

“I told him, ‘You do know that Oregon, Alaska and D.C. are about to push legalization through.’ He said the executives in the App Store said this content isn’t the kind of content they want to see in the App Store.”

Apple told The Denver Post its policies on marijuana apps have not changed. Its legal guideline 22.1says, “Apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users.”

The typically private Apple would not comment on individual companies’ complaints.

But Dietrich says something must have changed within the corporation recently. And his complaint against Apple isn’t the only one from the marijuana tech space.

While cannabis legalization continues to push forward in the U.S., there are countless roadblocks still awaiting the legal pot industry — especially given the plant’s precarious relationship with federal law, which still lists marijuana as aSchedule I drug.

The App Store’s strict restrictions could make the marketplace cannabis’ most heated tech battleground. After MassRoots’ petition to Apple secured more than 10,000 signatures in two weeks, several other pot-related businesses are starting to gripe publicly about their negative experiences with Apple.

Casey Eastman, a developer with Denver-based Weedmaps, said: “I’d be surprised if I’m not pushing 20 rejections (from Apple) in the last couple of years. And that’s my professional record. But I guess failure is part of experience.”

Michael Pycher is the co-founder of Los Angeles outfit Nestdrop: “It’s been beyond frustrating dealing with Apple,” he said. “They don’t seem to have a pulse on what a lot of consumers want. And they’re not privy to listen.”

Zach Marburger, the CEO of Colorado-based development firm CannaBuild, said: “The issues with Apple have been all people are talking about in the last two weeks in the marijuana tech underground. If enough people cry foul, Apple will listen.”

Samuel Miller is the co-CEO at New York start-up Hempdex: “We’d already invested close to $5,000-$10,000 on our (Apple) iOS app before we realized others were getting turned away by Apple. We halted development to make sure that the app has legs before investing in full development. We don’t want to invest another $10,000 just to get rejected at the end.”

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From left, Isaac Dietrich, Hyler Fortier and Austin Hayslip discuss a business brochure during a staff meeting Thursday at MassRoots in Denver. MassRoots’ marijuana-centric social media app was removed from Apple’s App Store in November. (Craig F. Walker, The Denver Post)

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Among developers’ complaints: An app or update is rejected without explanation; Apple doesn’t like certain words or feature sets, but they don’t always say which ones. Developers are forced to operate in the dark, poking and prodding blindly, they say, wasting time and money because the moderators of the App Store — which offers 1.4 million apps in 155 countries — won’t explicitly say what’s OK and what’s not.

“We have 300,000-plus users on our iOS platform,” said Eastman, whose employer Weedmaps directs users to legal pot shops and dispensaries. “We’re leaning on Apple, and we need that out there. Apple is going to find what works for them legally so they’re not worried about repercussions from the government, but I wish they’d communicate that: ‘Hey, we’re worried about this, so we can’t allow you to do this.’ Instead you submit it, and they say, ‘No, that won’t fly.’ You say, ‘What about if we do this?’ They say, ‘We look forward to reviewing your app.’ ”

And the app review process takes more time, often another week or two.

A spot in the App Store is essential for most successful companies. In 2014 the App Store saw its billings grow by 50 percent when its apps generated more than $10 billion in revenue for developers, Apple said.

Eastman estimates that at least 30 percent of Weedmaps’ overall traffic comes via its iOS app — a product that has taken hundreds of hours to meet Apple’s guidelines. Some of the items Apple won’t allow Weedmaps to include in its iOS app: pot menu prices, reviews, coupons, any mention of the words “recreational,” “retail,” “adult use” or “21-plus,” and even its 4:20 alarm, Eastman said.

And what about the Android-servicing Google Play?

“We haven’t had much of any resistance on Google Play and publishing for Android devices,” said Eastman, adding that recreational pot shops in Colorado and Washington are listed on Weedmaps’ Android app, but not on its Apple app. “If we wanted to put an (Android) update out today, we could do it with no resistance.”

CannaBuild’s Marburger has had the same experience, “We have an app that is a marijuana cooking calculator,” he said. ” Android approved it in five minutes, and Apple denied it in 10 days.”

Nestdrop delivers beer and alcohol to doorsteps in multiple states, but the company’s two-week adventure in delivering medical marijuana in southern California was cut short when the App Store told them to remove that functionality.

“We are working within the confines of the law for every city that we’re in,” said Nestdrop’s Pycher, pointing to Apple’s legal guideline 22.1. “If you can’t deliver past a certain hour, we don’t. If you have to show ID, we do. We expect all eyes to be watching us, so we have to comply with the law. It’s not regular e-commerce. It’s Apple’s market, and they don’t know what their stance is on it.”

At Hempdex, which aims to be a LinkedIn for the legal pot industry, they’re sitting tight with a half-developed app.

“We’ve reached out to Apple but haven’t heard back,” said Hempdex’s Miller. “If they give us the green light we’ll continue. But the way things are going we fully expect a red light.”

A technical advance

Back at MassRoots’ Denver headquarters, Dietrich and his team are stressed. Of the 230,000 users on their Instagram-like interface, 120,000 had downloaded its now-pulled Apple app. Whereas MassRoots was averaging 700 new sign-ups per day before the iOS issues, the company is now averaging only 400 — hardly the kind of trending a startup hopes for.

“We have great investors and a war chest to work with,” said Dietrich. “But Apple is censoring the cannabis movement right now, and it’s slowing down innovation in the cannabis industry to a greater extent than the federal government. I can’t believe that (Apple CEO) Tim Cook is letting this happen.”

MassRoots hosted the Marijuana Tech Startup Competition in September 2014 in Denver, and “almost every single app that came out of that weekend has been rejected by Apple,” said Dietrich.

But it’s not all bad news. When Marburger was first interviewed for this piece a few weeks ago, he was awaiting word back from Apple on his Whaxy app, which acts as an OpenTable for pot shops and allows users to skip lines inside dispensaries.

A week later, Marburger heard back from Apple. Whaxy was approved. But the CannaBuild team chose to fix a bug and resubmit it to Apple for approval.

“I just assume every submission will get rejected until they do otherwise, even if prior ones have gotten approved,” Marburger said. “With Apple, we hope for the best but prepare for the worst.”

This story was first published on DenverPost.com

By Ricardo BacaThe Cannabist Staff

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Andy Harris Vows to Overturn D.C. Legalization Measure

Andy Harris Vows to Overturn D.C. Legalization Measure

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Although the residents of Washington, D.C. have expressed a very clear desire to have cannabis possession legalized in their district, there are political officials who aren’t willing to honor the voting results of Tuesday’s election. Despite the approval of Initiative 71 by 64 percent of voters, there’s still chance that the measure will not be passed.

Unlike Alaska and Oregon, initiative passed in the nation’s capital are subject to congressional review before implementation. This means that there is still another hurdle that must be overcome before D.C. can begin to enact the measure.

Andy Harris, a House Republican, has vowed to make sure that marijuana possession will remain a crime punishable by up to a year in jail. Earlier this year, he introduced an amendment to an appropriations bill that essentially blocked all funding from D.C.’s efforts to decriminalize cannabis. The amendment also blocked funding to any and all future initiatives or measures to legalize cannabis.

According to the language of the bill: “None of the funds contained in this Act may be used to enact or carry out any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution” of Schedule I drugs, including pot “for recreational purposes.”

Unfortunately, the bill passed 28 to 21.

Now that Initiative 71 has passed in the election, it will go through a mandatory review period next year in January. Congress will have 60 days to assess the measure before issuing an official approval or rejection. In order to dismiss the legislation, Congress will need both chambers and the President to agree to a resolution — an act that has only happened three times in the last 40 years.

Under the voter-approved measure, anyone over the age of 21 would be legally allowed to possess up to two ounces of cannabis, grow up to six plants and share or give cannabis as gift free of charge. Selling cannabis would still be illegal.

Despite calls to kill the bill, it’s clear to D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier that a future with looser cannabis laws is not only possible, but can be enforced and regulated in a way that serves the highest good of everyone involved.

“I think everyone realizes that the Council will need to enact legislation to provide clarity to the public and law enforcement officers,” Lanier said. “If the initiative is held up in Congress, attorneys for the District will need to provide additional guidance.”

Adam Eidinger, the Chairman of the D.C. Cannabis Coalition’s campaign, isn’t concerned about Harris or any other member of congress gunning to shoot the measure down. He says that “they’re only going to write their own obituary for 2016.”

What do you think? Should Congress allow the cannabis legalization vote in D.C. to stand? Tell us in the comments below.

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Can We Smoke Legally After The Election

Can We Smoke Legally After The Election

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The marijuana midterms are over and legalization efforts went three-for-three, including Oregon (as of press time with 91.9% of votes counted) breaking Washington’s previous record for legalization support. Measure 91 in Oregon came in with 55.74% of the vote vs. 2012’s Washington I-502 posting 55.70%, and Colorado’s Amendment 64 passing with 55.32%.
This is significant, as experts predicted lower support during the traditionally more conservative, older-skewing midterm elections. Furthermore, Oregon set this record without the compromises of per se DUID levels and no home grow that helped Washington pass and the absurdly high tax rates both Colorado and Washington used to sell legalization to reluctant voters.
Alaska came in with 52.15% as well; like Oregon, including a tax and regulate scheme with low per-ounce taxation rather than sales and excise taxes and omitting any per se DUID limit. Washington D.C. knocked it out of the park with 69.45%, but that initiative doesn’t include a marijuana retail system, only home grow and possession.
So when do you book your sativa sightseeing tour of Seaside, Oregon, or your daylight dabbing in Denali, Alaska, or White Widow walkabout in Washington, D.C.? Not quite yet. It’s been voted to be legal, but you still have some time to wait before it is actually legal.
In Oregon, the law goes into effect 30 days from the vote, or December 4. But, confusingly, that doesn’t mean you’re legal to smoke and grow pot yet.  That’s just the date that the state can begin working to create the rules for the legal marijuana marketplace. On July 1, 2015, is when the personal possession of an ounce in public, eight ounces and four plants at home, a pound of medicated edibles, a six-pack (72 ounces) of medicated liquids becomes legal. While an ounce of hash oil is also made legal, that’s only if it purchased from a licensed retail outlet. Those retail outlets, as well as producers, processors, and wholesalers, can’t even begin submitting their applications to the state until January 4, 2016. It will not be until Spring 2016, after first harvest, or later if applications are delayed, before you can buy legal weed in Oregon.
In Alaska, their legalization goes into effect ninety days after the election is certified, which should be sometime near the end of February 2015. At that time, personal possession of an ounce of marijuana in public and six plants at home (only three mature) will be legal, as well as possession of all the results of one’s harvests (note the plurals) in the home. However, 1975’s Ravin Alaska Supreme Court decision already grants the privacy right to having up to a quarter-pound and 25 plants in the home, so this victory doesn’t change much for Alaskans in that regard. But by nine months after the effective date, anticipated to be in mid-September 2015, the state must have the rules in place for licensing marijuana establishments. Again, it will take harvest time and any unforeseen licensing delays before it’s legal to buy weed in Alaska, probably around the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016.
Washington D.C. is harder to predict, because all laws passed there are subject to the approval of Congress, which has 30 days to review the initiative.  But there aren’t 30 congressional working days between now and the beginning of the next Congress, so it will not be submitted for review until mid-January 2015. That means by late February or early-March 2015, assuming Congress doesn’t move to block the law, possessing up to two ounces of marijuana and cultivating up to six plants at home (only three mature) will be legal. However, sales will remain illegal until the D.C. City Council moves to create a tax and regulate plan for the District, which is already forecasted to happen. That, too, will be subject to review by Congress, so we probably won’t see D.C. pot shops until 2016, at earliest.
Remember one important thing: none of these places – or Colorado and Washington, for that matter – have legalized public consumption of marijuana.  Now that we’ve legalized, we need to set a good example so the states where passing legalization will be tougher can’t use our civil disobedience against public consumption bans against their activists.

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Marijuana Victories

Marijuana Victories; Stoner News

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The people have spoken!

ALASKA – MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

This is the second time in recent years that Alaskans voted on legalizing marijuana. The last attempt in 2004 failed 44 percent to 55 percent. Having legalized marijuana this year, Alaskans can expect Snoop Dogg to perform for them sometime soon. He promised a concert in Alaska if they passed Measure 2.

OREGON – MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION 

Oregon becomes the fourth state with full marijuana legalization, after Colorado and Washington last year, and joining Alaska Tuesday night. This also happens to be the third time Oregonians voted on pot legalization in their state, having rejected the ballot initiatives in 2012 and 2010. One of the reasons this attempt was successful may have been that voters aged 30-44 turned out at a slightly higher rate than those 65 or older. Residents will be able to possess eight ounces of marijuana at home and one ounce in public. But it won’t go into effect overnight: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will have until Jan. 1, 2016 to implement all necessary rules and procedures necessary to regulating marijuana in the state.

WASHINGTON DC – MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

Revelers celebrating the passage of Initiative 71 which legalizes pot possession should hold off on smoking in the streets – this is far from over. Any law passed in Washington DC, including by ballot initiative, is subject to a Congressional review period and already one member of Congress, Republican Andy Harris of Maryland, has pledged to work to overturn it. And now that the Senate has turned red, Congress can more easily overturn the DC vote. Pot sellers should also probably lay low for a while. I-71 does not regulate the sale of marijuana, which means it’s technically still illegal to sell weed, even if obtaining it isn’t – another aspect of the measure that the city council might try to fix legislatively.

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California Next To Legalize Marijuana

California Next To Legalize Marijuana? Stoner News

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Marijuana advocates, fresh off victories for legal recreational pot in Oregon and the nation’s capital, are already preparing for their next target, and it’s a big one: California.

They are aiming to ask voters in the nation’s largest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2016, hoping to draw on a more liberal and larger electorate during a presidential election to help them avoid a repeat of their 2010 failed pot measure.

The victories in Oregon and the District of Columbia on Tuesday came in a midterm election that saw a low turnout and a conservative electorate hand Republicans back control of the U.S. Senate for the first time since 2006.

“This is a Republican wave year, so we’re excited for our prospects,” said David Boyer, who is leading Maine’s legal pot effort for 2016. “In a tough midterm, we gained steam.”

The advocates believe they have another win, too, in Alaska, as a legal pot measure held a steady lead. The results emboldened them — even from a loss in Florida, where a medical marijuana proposal earned 58 percent of the vote, just shy of the 60 percent required to pass.

Legalization opponent Kevin Sabet called the votes “a bit of a wake-up call before 2016,” noting that drug policy groups had spent millions on the legalization campaigns, vastly outspending opponents.

“This is going to make our side redouble our efforts to find donors who can put forth real money,” said the president of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, adding that if they can get the resources to get their message out, voters could make informed decisions.

Sabet pointed to the result in Florida as well as votes in five Colorado cities banning marijuana dispensaries in saying, “I think we’ve slowed the legal marijuana freight train.”

The pot votes were considered by many to be the first real test of marijuana reform’s popularity since Washington state and Colorado passed the nation’s first legal pot laws in 2012, boosted then by the higher turnout among young people typical of presidential election years.

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“It was an extraordinary day for marijuana and criminal justice reform, and all the more remarkable on a night the Democrats were getting beat up so bad,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a major legalization backer.

After the wins in Colorado and Washington, a coalition of activists considered rushing a tax-and-regulate measure to this year’s ballot in California. Their polling showed solid support, but they remained chastened by 2010, when a legalization proposal there polled well but fell short.

Early this year, given the huge expense of a serious statewide campaign in California, they opted for what they considered a safer bet: waiting until the presidential election year in 2016, with its anticipated bumper crop of younger voters.

The Marijuana Policy Project, which was heavily involved in Colorado’s campaign, has formed a committee to begin fundraising in California, where it again plans to urge voters to regulate marijuana like alcohol.

“This year’s election was a large step forward, but the 2016 election will be a huge leap toward ending marijuana prohibition in this country once and for all,” Rob Kampia, the organization’s executive director, said in a written statement.

Activists also hope to bring legal pot to Massachusetts, Maine and other states.

Tuesday saw voters in the District of Columbia approving the possession of up to two ounces of pot and up to three mature marijuana plants for personal use, but the proposal did not provide for the legal sale of marijuana. That’s left up to the D.C. Council.

The measures in Oregon and Alaska would follow Colorado and Washington state in setting up regulation and taxation systems.

Advocates, opponents and the U.S. government have closely watched Washington and Colorado to gauge the impact on the black market, drug use among teens and impaired driving, among other areas.

In both states, adults over 21 can purchase marijuana, including potent extracts and edibles, at state-licensed dispensaries.

Colorado is on track to bring in about $84 million this year from medical and recreational pot taxes and fees. In Washington, where recreational pot sales began in July, the tax collections have totaled more than $7 million.

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Landon Riddle Story Updated

Landon Riddle Story Updated

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On September 30, 2012 Landon Riddle was diagnosed with T Cell Leukemia. Sierra Riddle received the devastating news that Landon was only given around a 10% chance to live beyond 24 – 48 hours. Landon beat the odds and began Chemotherapy treatment. There was immediate placement of a port into his heart for delivery of Chemo and within 30 days both his physical and psychological quality of life had diminished to a state that would break any mother’s heart.

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Sierra updated their Facebook page Offer Hope For Landon on October 4, 2012.

Landon has been very down and in discomfort today, but we are getting to leave tomorrow sometime! YAY! we have chemo and a lot of procedures on Monday morning so we are going to stay in Salt Lake until then so he can rest and be in a quiet environment and not have to travel in the car back to back to back! We are very thankful he was progressed as quickly as he has, but he is not out of danger yet, infection and illness are going to be huge factors in his recovery. I’m very overwhelmed today and feeling really broken, but I am glad I can hold my baby boy in my arms and feel him breathe, there are always things to be grateful for!

This was only the beginning of little Landon’s struggle.

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The doctors told Sierra that once Landon was released from the hospital, it will be best for him to continue about his life as normal as he will have a better chance of healing; however, he will be required to travel back and forth to Salt Lake (12 hours round trip) every 4 days in order to receive his chemo treatments. This put a significant financial strain on his family.

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Landon was soon readmitted into the hospital as doctors were unable to get the fifth liquid medicine into him. There doctor said they may have to surgically insert a feeding tube. Landon can not understand why he must drink “yucky” medicine as he is held down to take them, he bruises easily and asks the doctors,

Why are you giving me owies?

As Landon is held down for the tube that would go down the back of his throat and into his stomach, he fights and screams and eventually pulls the tube back out of his mouth. Landon is given time to calm down and the nurse prepares to start all over again, Landon politely holds up his hand and states, “No, it’s okay, I’m not sick anymore.” The families hearts break and know that they must try again.

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Unfortunately, this is only a glimpse of the horror’s little Landon and his family had to face.  As time passes Landon only got worse eventually losing his hair, losing weight and constantly vomiting. Its not until Sierra has to make a decision. Go with the majority of the population of the world that believe there is only one “choice” for cancer, chemo. Or choice a path less taken, a choice that could have a huge outcome not only for Landon’s health but their very own family name. On April 21, 2013 Sierra writes on Landon’s Facebook Page;

A very good friend of mine sent me information in the first 30 days of Landon’s diagnosis. I was in total shock. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and was basically coming to the end of her life. She chose to go a different route than chemo, and today she is cancer free! The digging, research, phone calls, hours of exhaustive reading, medical studies done by our own government and many research doctors all showed there was an option that has been around for thousands of years.

With Landon’s type of Leukemia and the fact that he is a high risk patient, there was too much risk to go with only natural treatment. They kept that fact very quiet in fear of being judged. They discussed this with all of there family and made the choice to move forward with cannabis treatment.

They headed to Colorado for Sierra and Landon to obtain legal residency, for Landon to meet with doctors, and to start Landon on Cannabis CBD oil treatment. Landon  had miraculous results. He ingests this oil 2 times per day. CBD is the medicinal part of the cannabis plant and contains less than 0.2 percent THC, which means it has no psychoactive effect. The THC part of the plant when ingested in its raw form (oil), is amazing pain relief, amazing appetite enhancer, and counter-acts the horrible effects of the steroids and chemo which cause anger, anxiety, etc. This is why Landon began to gain weight back, why Landon is sleeping, why Landon’s body is being protected against the damage of the chemo, why his immune system is that of a normal healthy child, even with intense chemo treatment.

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Time passes and Landon’s health seems to be improving and Sierra is convinced that her son is not only being helped by the cannabis but that the cannabis is actually healing him of the cancer completely.

Sierra was right, the cannabis oil not only helped little Landon with his pain, appetite, weight gain, sleep and much more the cannabis oil literally cured him of cancer. Today 10/21/2014 at Children’s Hospital Colorado Landon had his Port removal two years earlier then Protocol Treatment. Landon is 100% CANCER FREE!! 

Søren Kierkegaard said:

There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.

From all of us at StonerDays;

You did it LANDON!! You will always be an inspiration in all of our hearts.

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60 Year Old Arrested For “Suspected” Cannabis

60 Year Old Arrested For “Suspected” Cannabis

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When cops get permission to do a drug bust, they should do their research first. And by that, I mean they should validate the reports from “concerned citizens” when someone is reportedly doing something wrong. First of all, when people are suspected of growing or consuming cannabis, the cops should just leave them alone. We all know that. There are so many other problems in the world that police should be concerned with. But it is still illegal and the cops still bust down doors to get rid of the “criminals”, who get reported by a pissed off neighbor that may or may not have any idea what they’re talking about.

In Derby, a 60 year old man was arrested when cops stormed his house, looking for cannabis plants. Inspector Paul Cannon, the man in charge of the police in the area, said, “This information came from a call from a concerned resident and we are always happy to act on calls such as this that we receive.” But according to the report, all that was found were plants that are suspected to be cannabis… Leading readers to think that these cops actually don’t know what cannabis is or what they were looking for when they stormed in to the man’s house.

In the residence, there were 30 plants found but whether or not they were actually cannabis is unknown. The man arrested is being held in police custody and being questioned about the alleged offense. But much like the agents who busted in the doors of an okra farm recently (they thought it was weed… Really? Talk about a waste of money), stories like this only reinforce the idea that cops are overzealous when it comes to trying to bring down cannabis users and growers.

With a huge opiate issue growing in the world, not to mention other terrifying drugs such as spice, crocadill, and liquid heroin (which is increasingly popular among young teens because of it’s innocent appearance), the cops should be paying more attention to real problems. Not only that but the bath salts can now be manipulated to become other, more dangerous chemicals. If the cops really want to waste their time busting people for things that they suspect might be illegal, instead of taking care of the real drug issues that we have, then really, what is the point of their jobs in the first place?

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Massachusetts Rallies For Cannabis

Massachusetts Rallies For Cannabis; Stoner News

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Medical marijuana has been passed in the state of Massachusetts but patients are still having issues getting ahold of their medicine. But thankfully for the patients of the state, the Bay State Repeal just issues a statement that supports the Massachusetts patients getting their hand on their medicine as well as to support the patients fighting for cannabis legalization and the end of prohibition. This coming Tuesday, patents will hold a rally at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will march to the State House.

The release states that the Bay State Repeal support the patient efforts to obtain their medicine safely and legally. Bay State Repeal is a ballot initiative committee that is dedicated to passing the least restrictive laws in regards to cannabis, allowing patients to safely ingest their medicine without worrying about federal or state repercussion. Massachusetts hopes to replace prohibition with legalization in 2016 following the terrible implementation of dispensaries in the state thank to the Department of Public Health.

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The DPH, the Bay State Repeal went on to say, is over a year late in opening the dispensaries and not only that but has failed to provide a safe outlet for patients to obtain cannabis, forcing them to continue buying from the black market. The department has chosen to enforce caregiver regulations not authorized by the law that suppresses patient access to marijuana from the caregiver or their choice. Unfortunately for parients, it is unlikely that their needs will be met before the full repeal in 2016.

“Full repeal returns the legal state of this plant, valued since the dawn of agriculture for its nutritious seeds, durable fibers, medicinal qualities, and yes, its ability to alter consciousness, to constitutionally reasonable regulation of the cultivation and commerce in cannabis by adults,” says Attorney Steven Epstein. A full repeal would mean that a marijuana retail business catering to adults allowed to ingest the plant would not be subject to any more restrictions then those who choose to open a farm stand, pharmacy, grocery store, or restaurant.

This also means that the right to grow marijuana would be returned to the patients, without the risk of the SWAT teams busting down your door and breaking all of the things you’ve worked hard to gain in your lifetime. A full repeal of cannabis law would mean no more black market cannabis sales, making a much more peaceful world for those who want to smoke the plant.

Massachusetts Rallies For Cannabis; Stoner News

All Frisbee Golfers Smoke Weed

All Frisbee Golfers Smoke Weed?

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Well according to an Iowa cop who tries to search an innocent man’s car because “everyone who plays frisbee golf smokes weed,” as he explains. If that explanation strikes you as odd we assure you that’s because it is flat out, downright, and absolutely illegal in the United States. In fact, when confronted with the video, taped by the motorist as proof, the Ankeny Police Department admitted the officer’s statement was “ignorant.”

“It’s everybody, man. You can’t tell me you never smoked weed,” the officer is recorded saying. The driver replies, “I’m not gonna tell you one way or another,” to which the officer says, “See, there you go. How much weed do you have in the car today?” Faulty logic at best and attempted entrapment at worst.

Unfortunately the tactic is all too common with cops trying to search your vehicle. I myself was once questioned by a suspicious officer about my hemp wallet and if owning it indicated that I had marijuana in my car. The answer folks, as evidenced by my own and this man’s freedom, is that whether or not you have pot in the vehicle, the answer is always a simple, “No you may not search my car,” as is your right by law. If they had the evidence to search, you wouldn’t have been asked.

All Frisbee Golfers Smoke Weed?

World Leaders Aim For Global Drug Policy Shift

World Leaders Aim For Global Drug Policy Shift

In a report to be released Tuesday, the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a panel of prominent political figures and activists, will call upon governments around the world to decriminalize drug use and legalize marijuana.

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Members of the commission, including former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo, former U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Paul Volcker and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, are calling for drug policies shaped by a greater emphasis on public health, as well as alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent drug crimes. The participating members also say it is time to permit the legal regulation in all countries of psychoactive substances like cannabis and coca leaf.

“The import of the Commission’s report lies in both the distinction of its members and the boldness of their recommendations,” said Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a partner organization of the commission, in an email to The Huffington Post. “The former presidents and other Commission members pull no punches in insisting that national and global drug control policies reject the failed prohibitionist policies of the 20th century in favor of new policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights.”

The report’s executive summary reads, in part:

The Commissioners call for an end to the criminalization and incarceration of users together with targeted prevention, harm reduction and treatment strategies for dependent users.

In order to reduce drug related harms and undermine the power and profits of organized crime, the Commission recommends that governments regulate drug markets and adapt their enforcement strategies to target the most violent and disruptive criminal groups rather than punish low level players. The Global Commission’s proposals are complementary and comprehensive. They call on governments to rethink the problem, do what can and should be done immediately, and not to shy away from the transformative potential of responsible regulation.

Members of the commission will meet Tuesday in New York City to discuss the report at a press conference moderated by Ryan Grim, The Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief. The conference can be live streamed Tuesday morning at 9:45 a.m. EST.

Following the Tuesday conference, members of the commission will meet with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and U.N. Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson to discuss the report’s recommendations. The report is being released in anticipation of the upcoming U.N. General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on Drugs, scheduled for 2016. Members of the commission say they hope the U.N. will take their report’s recommendations into consideration in reshaping global drug policy.

“The facts speak for themselves. It is time to change course,” said Annan in a press statement about the report. “We need drug policies informed by evidence of what actually works, rather than policies that criminalize drug use while failing to provide access to effective prevention or treatment. This has led not only to overcrowded jails but also to severe health and social problems.”

The report’s executive summary summarizes the group’s multifaceted recommendations for policy reform:

  • Putting health and community safety first requires a fundamental reorientation of policy priorities and resources, from failed punitive enforcement to proven health and social interventions.
  • Ensure equitable access to essential medicines, in particular opiate-based medications for pain.
  • Stop criminalizing people for drug use and possession — and stop imposing “compulsory treatment” on people whose only offense is drug use or possession.
  • Rely on alternatives to incarceration for non-violent, low-level participants in illicit drug markets such as farmers, couriers and others involved in the production, transport and sale of illicit drugs.
  • Focus on reducing the power of criminal organizations as well as the violence and insecurity that result from their competition with both one another and the state.
  • Allow and encourage diverse experiments in legally regulating markets in currently illicit drugs, beginning with but not limited to cannabis, coca leaf and certain novel psychoactive substances.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity presented by the upcoming UNGASS in 2016 to reform the global drug policy regime.

“Ultimately, the global drug control regime must be reformed to permit legal regulation,” said former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso in a statement on the report. “Let’s start by treating drug addiction as a health issue — rather than as a crime — and by reducing drug demand through proven educational initiatives. But let’s also allow and encourage countries to carefully test models of responsible legal regulation as a means to undermine the power of organized crime, which thrives on illicit drug trafficking.”

The report comes as traditional punitive-oriented drug policies around the world are already being reconsidered and, within some governments, drastically reshaped. In 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to approve the legal regulation of the production, distribution and sale of marijuana. While the U.S. federal government continues to ban marijuana, two states — Colorado and Washington — have enacted programs that legalize the recreational use of the drug. Twenty-three other states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use in the U.S., and dozens more states are expected to consider legalization in some form in the coming years.

“We can’t go on pretending the war on drugs is working,” Branson said in a statement about the commission’s report. “We need our leaders to look at alternative, fact-based approaches. Much can be learned from successes and failures in regulating alcohol, tobacco or pharmaceutical drugs. The risks associated with drug use increase, sometimes dramatically, when they are produced, sold and consumed in an unregulated criminal environment. The most effective way to advance the goals of public health and safety is to get drugs under control through responsible legal regulation.”

Among the other members of the commission involved in the report are former Colombian President César Gaviria, former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss and other political and business leaders from around the world.

“There’s no question now that the genie of reform has escaped the prohibitionist bottle,” Nadelmann, who is not an author of the report but is listed as a member of the commission’s “expert review panel,” told HuffPost. “I’m grateful to the Commission for the pivotal role it has played in taking drug policy reform from the fringes of international politics to the mainstream.”

World Leaders Aim For Global Drug Policy Shift

Denver Fair Overdose

Denver Fair Overdose? Stoner News

Edibles have gotten a seriously bad reputation in the last couple of months, following a scattering of reports that people were dying or going crazy after ingesting the THC laced confections. One man allegedly shot his family after consuming medicated food and a young man leapt to his death from a his hotel room in Colorado after reportedly eating too many edibles as well. While marijuana activists insist that there’s no way to overdose on THC, doctors and nurses are hurting the cause by claiming these deaths are directly related to the plant.

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Ingesting Delta-9-THC results in the forming of Delta-11-THC in the liver, which gives edibles their knock-you-out effects. This is also why it’s extremely important to recognize dosing instructions and never eat more then you think you can handle. Edibles are not like smoking and should not be treated the same way (i.e. don’t go brownie-for-brownie with your friends) when being handled by novice stoners. When unseasoned potheads begin to ingest more than what they need of edibles, it becomes a problems for the heavy smokers and those that use edibles in order to treat illnesses and don’t have the ability to smoke.

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Recently, Denver was host to the Denver County Fair except this year, the fair included a Pot Pavilion, a place where cannabis businesses could showcase what they’re about, interacting directly with the public. While the fair allowed the booths to attend, they were very strict in saying that no cannabis products were allowed on the fairgrounds, since it was a family event and the purpose of the pot people being there would be to educate. The fair happened August 1-3 and was the location at which Jordan Coombs obtained the “normal” candy bars.

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Coombs filed a lawsuit on Thursday, saying that he was hospitalized after eating the chocolate and ended up sitting in his car, “projectile vomiting” and when he went to the emergency room, he was told by the emergency room physicians that his symptoms were due to an overdose of THC, resulting from the candy bars that he purchased from a company called LivWell that was present at the fair. The company didn’t reply for comment when approached so it remains unknown as to why they were vending medicated bars when there weren’t supposed to be any present on the fairgrounds.

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It’s hard to say if Coombs actually did overdose on THC. While it definitely is possible for some people to reach the point of being “too high”, reports like this are extremely limited. There might have been other factors that went in to this man’s sickness, such as heat stroke, over-tiredness, or a hangover. The lawsuit also didn’t state as to how much candy the man ate, so he could’ve ingested far too much, which also may have resulted from pure overeating. Let’s face it, we all love chocolate but too much is still too much.

Denver Fair Overdose? Stoner News

Stings Show No Underage Sales

Stings Show No Underage Sales; Stoner News

We all know that cops like to mess with the people who are following the laws set forth by the states regarding marijuana. Colorado hasn’t crumbled in to the sea, crime is down, and there is more money coming in to help fund school programs. In all honesty, it seems like the legalization in Colorado couldn’t be better. People are happy with how it’s been going. But that of course doesn’t stop the cops from attempting to catch people doing wrong. Loads of stings have been conducted, yielding nothing more then reinforcement that the shops in Colorado are doing what they should be.

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When the plant first became legal in Colorado, there were a lot of crazy parents and anti marijuana crusaders that warned others of the dangers that children faced. With marijuana legal, clearly the young children will be able to get their hands on it easily. What people seemed to be ignoring is the fact that even alcohol gets in to the hands of minors… Yet that’s still sold. At almost every corner store, you can purchase some sort of liquor drink. And the argument that edibles look like regular candy? There are wine coolers that look like juice boxes.

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So with all of these stings happening around Colorado, you would think that at least one place would’ve been busted for selling the plant to those who aren’t of age to purchase it. Nope. Not a single shop has been found to be selling to those that are underage. In fact, officials have been admitting that carrying marijuana legally and regulating it like alcohol has decreased the amount of children’s hands that the plant ends up in. Not only were the naysayers wrong, they were trying to drag people away from progress.

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Legal marijuana is still a program that needs work but with such positive results like this, people are sure to start seeing how great regulating marijuana can be. With boosted tourism sales, increased state revenue, and a lower percentage of underage kids getting bud, it’s hard to deny the green takeover. The future can only hold positive things for the marijuana community!

Stings Show No Underage Sales; Stoner News

Who’s Next To Legalize

Who’s Next To Legalize; Stoner News

The two states that have passed laws allowing for the recreational use of cannabis are doing well. Washington is about to open up for recreational use and Colorado has been making large amounts of money from the taxes, while at the same time lowering their crime rate and spending money on things that should really be important, such as free school lunches for kids. With such positive results, more states are sure to follow with legal marijuana legislation. But who will be voting on the matter this coming November?

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Oregon, who currently allows medical marijuana, will be asking voters this coming November if they approve of legalizing recreational cannabis. Last Thursday, pro-marijuana supporters turned in a petition containing 145,000 signatures (far more than the required number of 87,213) necessary for marijuana legalization to make the ballot. Initiative Petition 53 would give adults the right to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana and to grow up to four plants. The taxes, high as expected, would be $35 per ounce for flowers, $10 per ounce of leaves, and $5 per immature cannabis plant. Oregon residents were polled earlier this month and showed that more than half (51%) supported cannabis legalization in the state, while 41% opposed. The youth of Oregon had a great impact on the poll, taking up most of the pool (70% to 22%). In addition, the New Approach Oregon, the group that submitted the signatures required, had a statement on the measure, saying “The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act strictly regulates marijuana sales and possession. It legalizes the use of marijuana by adults only and taxes the marijuana and it’s products to generate money for education, public safety, drug treatment, and drug prevention.”

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As for the state of Alaska, cannabis will make it on to the November ballot as well, legalizing possession of up to one ounce of cannabis as well as growing up to six plants, with three in the flower stage at one time. These plants must be for personal consumption. The measure also would approve the establishment of licensed and commercial cannabis production, along with retail sales to those over the age of 21. While public consumption will still earn you a civil fine, everything else would be taxed and sold much like in Colorado. However, there would be no additional taxes imposed on those who would be growing small amounts of marijuana for their personal use or participating in non-profit cannabis transfers of limited quantities.

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With just these two states thinking about legalizing for now, the country is sure to see more states debating the subject. There are multiple cities and states that are currently looking at their marijuana laws and trying to reform them in order to fit the needs of the citizens. The revenue combined with the positive response and the limited number of accidents makes legalizing a very appealing idea. For those who are located in Oregon and Alaska, be sure to vote for cannabis this November!

Who’s Next To Legalize; Stoner News

Hershey Chocolate Company Sues Medible Maker

Hershey Chocolate Company Sues Medible Maker; Stoner News

Everyone is familiar with Hershey’s… The company that you turn to when you have a serious case of the munchies! The company you probably haven’t heard of is TinctureBelle, a medical marijuana company that is currently being sued by Hershey because their packaging is too closely related. While TinctureBelle did carry products resembling the beloved chocolate bars that everyone is so familiar with, they claim to have changed their logos more than a few months ago, which why the lawsuit against their products came as such a surprise.

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TinctureBelle produces ganja infused snacks such as Ganja Joy, Hasheath, and Hashees, names which Hershey also claims are just too close to the original candy bar names. The president of the edible company, Char Mayes, released a statement saying “The lawsuit from Hershey came as a huge surprise to us because we changed our entire label line approximately six months ago, long before these allegations were made.” And if one would look at the new packing from TinctureBelle, they would definitely not find that many similarities to the massive Hershey corporation. In all honesty, it seems as though Hershey just doesn’t want marijuana and chocolate mixing together.

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Someone also brought up the idea that the medicate candy was being sold directly alongside the normal candy. An absurd idea, seeing as how the TinctureBelle candy not only comes sealed in a non-transparent, heat sealed package but is only available in medical marijuana dispensaries and can only be bought with approved medical marijuana licenses given out by the state of Colorado. So the idea that the bars would be confused and inadvertently given to children, resulting in a massive amount of high kids, just seems to be a rumor spread by someone who clearly doesn’t understand the strict regulations set forth by the marijuana laws in Colorado.

Hershey Chocolate Company Sues Medible Maker; Stoner News

Votes To Cut DEA Funding On Cannabis Raids

Votes To Cut DEA Funding On Cannabis Raids; Stoner News

Last month, stoners everywhere celebrated when the House in Washington passed an amendment that restricts the Drug Enforcement Administration from targeting medical marijuana operations in the states that have passed laws saying that cannabis is medically allowed as well as recreational. Even though the amendment needs to jump a few more hurdles before becoming set in stone, this news is great for the cannabis community, as this is the first time that an amendment like this has done well in the House. This sign means that those involved in politics are beginning to maybe realize that marijuana is not that bad.

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The following day after the House passed this first amendment, another one went through saying that the DEA couldn’t use taxpayer funds to interfere with hemp research either. This is absolutely amazing, seeing as how the use of hemp could drastically change the way we live our lives should we be allowed to grow and study it. Providing the operation is legal, the House doesn’t think that the DEA should be allowed to butt themselves in to the business. This amendment comes from the DEA’s attempt to seize hemp seeds that were intended for the Kentucky hemp pilot program in early May. Again, this amendment needs to go through many obstacles before it is official but it is a great step towards cannabis acceptance.

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Even though the Obama administration promised to back off of medical marijuana dispensaries, raids have increased during his time as President. When he was first put in to office, Obama swore to cut back the raids, gaining support of those who condoned marijuana use for patients. Unfortunately, the President didn’t tell the truth and these two amendments are direct rebukes against the President, Attorney General Eric Holder, and the Director of the DEA Michele Leonhart. These people, while telling citizens that they will back off, have continued to arrest those who are compliant with their state’s marijuana laws.

Votes To Cut DEA Funding On Cannabis Raids; Stoner News

 

Marijuana Farmers Market Coming To LA

Marijuana Farmers Market Coming To LA; Stoner News

Who knew that in our lifetime, we would be able to see cannabis legalization and acceptance after such a long time of hate and negative thoughts? While it may not be full yet, we’ve still gotten farther in the past few years than many of the activists before us. And even the baby steps that we’re taking are getting us somewhere! For stoners in California with their medical card around Los Angeles, they’ll be able to be a part of a whole new kind of event this July 4-6, when the world’s first marijuana farmer’s market will open and patients will be able to purchase their meds directly from the growers themselves.

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An open market like this will give patients the behind-the-scenes look at where their meds come from and to meet the people that supply them. The growers will also be able to interact with their patients and to see what kind of effects their meds have on illnesses that cause others to suffer. With so many people expected to attend, the market will also aim to educate those who attend by providing a guest speaker, the author of Modern Marijuana Living, Michael Green.

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For those stoners who are in the area and would like to attend the market, again it will be held at the new West Coast Collective dispensary on July 4-6 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in east LA, located at 1500 Esperanza Street. It’s suggested that you attend and see what a beneficial event something like this is for the cannabis community. Patients and growers definitely don’t interact as much as they should. The connection between grower and patient definitely needs to be strengthened and this market is a great way for that to happen. For those that attend, enjoy yourselves! The event is sure to be a great time.

Marijuana Farmers Market Coming To LA; Stoner News

Marijuana Use May Cause Man Boobs

Marijuana Use May Cause Man Boobs; Stoner News

In a post for CNN on Thursday, Detroit-based plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn warned that marijuana use could be behind the development of man boobs, known in the medical world as “gynecomastia,” because of the drug’s effects on hormone levels.

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“Gynecomastia is caused by a hormone imbalance between testosterone and estrogen,” Youn wrote. “When the ratio between testosterone and estrogen tips in favor of estrogen, the body responds by creating excessive breast tissue. Hence, man boobs.”

Animal studies, the physician explained, have shown that exposure to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active component in cannabis, can result in a “decrease in testosterone levels, a reduction of testicular size and abnormalities in…sperm.”

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The jury is still out, however, as to how weed affects hormone levels in humans, though there is some evidence to suggest that pot users have lower testosterone levels than non-users and that heavy doses of the drug may delay the onset of puberty in young men.

There may not be any definitive evidence as yet linking marijuana use and man boobs, but Youn is hardly the first person to suggest a connection.

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According to a recent Philly.com report on the topic, the medical community has suspected a link between pot and moobs for decades. However, due to the drug’s status as an illicit substance, there hasn’t been sufficient research to confirm these speculations.

Still, on MedlinePlus, a medical website maintained by the National Institutes of Health, “marijuana use” is listed as one of the causes of gynecomastia.

Last year, plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Goldman told ABC 5 News that boys who use marijuana in their formative years may be more likely to have man boobs later in life.

“Young men who use marijuana through puberty may have that transient, temporary breast enlargement become permanent because as their testosterone levels are altered by the marijuana,” Goldman said. “They can get interference with the normal development. And those men can have in essence more breast tissue when they’re done with puberty than they would have otherwise had.”

Earlier this month, Dr. Adrian Lo, a plastic surgeon at Pennsylvania Hospital who specializes in breast reduction for men, told Philly.com that about a third of his patients are regular marijuana users.

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Many “doctors, endocrinologists and surgeons with clinical acumen” have definitely been noticing a trend, Lo said.

Ultimately, Youn says that if you’re worried about moobs (gynecomastia reportedly affects about 33 to 41 percent of men between the ages of 25 and 45, and 55 to 60 percent of men over the age of 50), you might want to just give the cannabis a rest.

“Although the association between marijuana and gynecomastia hasn’t been conclusively proven, it appears very plausible. For this reason, the majority of plastic surgeons I’ve consulted with routinely inquire with their gynecomastia patients about cannabis use and recommend they stop smoking pot immediately,” he said. “So for now, if you have moobs, it’s probably best to put out that joint.”

Read Dr. Anthony Youn’s full post on CNN here.

Marijuana Use May Cause Man Boobs; Stoner News

 

 

 

Stoner News; Jamaica To Decriminalize Weed

Jamaica To Decriminalize Weed; Stoner News

When one thinks of the tropical island of Jamaica, one of the top things that people think of is marijuana. The plant is grown widely across the island and is smoked a good amount by the locals. Tourists are also interested in the cannabis culture here, even though the penalties for cannabis consumption can be steep here. Even so, Jamaica is up there on the list of places that include a lot of weed smoking in their culture.

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The Minister of Justice, Mark Golding, stated in a news conference that the “cabinet approved certain changes in the laws relating to ganja. These relate to possession of small quantities of ganja for personal use, the smoking of ganja in private places, and the use of ganja for medically related purposes”. This new law will make the penalty for infractions nothing more than a small fine. If the fine doesn’t get paid, the person will have to report to community service, something much better then being tossed in jail for such a minor offense.

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Which is something that Golding seems to agree with. His statement went on to say that ” too many of our young people have ended up with criminal convictions after being caught with a spliff”. Thank god someone in politics finally said it! Throwing a young teen in jail for such a minor infraction seriously damages them, preventing them from developing the necessary social skills that are needed in order to function in society. So providing that the person does get out of jail, they have lost so many years to the system that they have trouble fitting in. Simply because they wanted to smoke a joint. Crazy right? In Jamaica, the marijuana infractions prevent the young people from getting jobs and getting visas in order to travel overseas, sticking them permanently to the Jamaican Islands.

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Jamaica is now a part of the many places that are working on reforming their cannabis laws. More politicians are getting the hint; this plant isn’t that bad. And it’s an obvious fact that the drug war has officially failed. With the legalization of cannabis in both Colorado and Washington, plus Uruguay’s plan to regulate and sell the plant (making it the first country to do so as a whole), there will only be more that add their names to the list. Taxing such a huge industry will surely bring in money for politicians, states, and our society as an entirety.

Jamaica To Decriminalize Weed; Stoner News

 

 

 

Woman Eats 11 Grams In Back Of A Cop Car

Woman Eats 11 Grams In Back Of A Cop Car; Stoner News

Remember that scene in Super Troopers where the kid in the back of the car has to eat all of the drugs so that they won’t get discovered by the cops? That poor guy ate a whole bag of bud and a whole bag of shrooms. He was absolutely tripping balls and claimed that the snozberries did indeed taste like snozberries. Much like the scene from that hilarious stoner favorite, a Brevard, Florida court clerk named Tavish Kay Smith managed to eat 11 grams of marijuana while being arrested on June 13th.

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When Smith crashed a red pickup truck in to a second car on the above mentioned date, the truck lost a tire and she actually continued to drive. That is, until she crashed in to a ditch along the side of the road. When the Florida Highway Patrol caught up to the truck, Smith’s breath reeked of alcohol and her eyes were bloodshot, glassy, and droopy. Not to mention she had trouble getting out of the car as well. When the highway patrol read Smith her rights, she refused to speak or submit to the breathalyzer.

The cops searched the car and found what looked to be about 12 grams of marijuana in a baggie. After confiscating the bud, Smith was cuffed and put back in to the cruiser. Smith then began to ask for her flips flops, saying that she had left them in the truck. The officer went to get the shoes, leaving the bag of weed on the center console. While the officer was absent, Smith snagged the baggie full of weed and managed to scarf down an assumed 11 grams of marijuana before the officer came back with the foam footwear.

Baffled by the absence of the marijuana, the cops didn’t realize that Smith had gotten a hold of it until she scratched her nose, showing that she had managed to slip out of the handcuffs. She was taken back out of the cruise, handcuffed again, and the officer inspected the back seat, which was littered with crumbs of cannabis. Smith repeatedly said she didn’t eat the weed but the cruiser camera reportedly shows her chowing down on the bag of weed while the officer was out of the car. She was then carted off to the hospital to be cleared since she had eaten the bud and then taken to jail. The charges against her were tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting an office without using violence.

Woman Eats 11 Grams In Back Of A Cop Car; Stoner News

Gun Owner Denied License For Legally Using marijuana

Gun Owner Denied License For Legally Using marijuana

SEATTLE — With recreational marijuana sales about to begin in Washington State, legal gun owners are facing a “don’t ask, don’t tell” dilemma. The gun owners are grappling with the idea of admitting they use marijuana, which goes up against federal firearm laws. I-502 made possession of marijuana for adults legal in the state of Washington. The Second Amendment gives every law abiding American the right to bear firearms, but the two don’t coexist very well when it comes to marijuana. The conflict between federal and state law is putting police and gun-owning marijuana users in the middle.

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It’s a conflict Bobbi Jo Floyd of Richland knows all too well. “People know who I am, a lot of people do,” said Floyd, who is an officiant and has presided over 2,000 weddings in the tri-cities area. Floyd is also an outspoken proponent of medical marijuana and an authorized patient. “I’m also a Republican and I believe in my guns,” she said.

In January she went to apply for a concealed pistol license at the Richland Police Station. Skinner says in Washington, a CPL is not a right, but considered a privilege granted at the discretion of the issuing agency, which tends to be the applicant’s home town police agency.  Most people are granted a CPL after passing a criminal background check.

Floyd had no problems with any question on the application, except when it came to question number five, which asks, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana?” “I answered it ‘no’ because how I read it is,  are you an ‘illegal user’ or addicted to marijuana, and I don’t feel I’m either,” Floyd said. That’s when something unusual happened. Floyd was asked to provide her medical marijuana authorization card. “An employee recognized me and she asked me to attach my medical license on my application,” she said. With nothing to hide, Floyd says she obliged.  A couple of weeks later, she got her application back in the mail. It was denied.

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With the denial came a letter for Richland Police Chief Chris Skinner who wrote Floyd was not eligible to receive a CPL because she had an authorization to possess cannabis. Skinner also cited Federal law, 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(3) which prohibits any son who is an “unlawful user of, or addicted to any controlled substance” from shipping, transporting, receiving or possessing firearms or ammunition.

Gun Owner Denied License For Legally Using marijuana

Cannabis Effective At Fighting Fibromyalgia

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Cannabis Effective At Fighting Fibromyalgia

Even though there are still people who don’t believe that cannabis can cure anything (ahem, like the government), there are studies being released daily that prove that the plant is indeed an extreme help to the human race. Recently, a study was released that surveyed a group of 1,339 people that suffer from the disease fibromyalgia. The survey was conducted by the National Pain Foundation and revealed that the people who have been using cannabis to treat the symptoms of their affliction are finding is considerably more effective then the other three drugs that have been approve by the FDA to fight fibromyalgia.

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Yes, you read that last sentence right. There are only three drugs that are approved to fight this condition, which leaves the sufferer experiencing deep tissue pain, serious depression, lack of sleep, extreme fatigue, and bad headaches. Cybalta, Lyrica, and Savella are the only available treatments and most patients report that the pills don’t actually help any of their symptoms. So out of three medications, the patient has no relief? Not only is that not fair but it just shows how ineffective man made treatments of disease can be. But all of the above symptoms can be treated with cannabis, which not only is a completely natural medicine but has virtually no side effects.

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More than half of the people who suffered with fibromyalgia that used cannabis to treat their symptoms said that it helped a good deal (a whopping 62%). Another 33% said that the plant helped a little bit. That leaves a very small amount saying that the cannabis didn’t help their symptoms. With the majority of patients saying that marijuana helped them to feel better, it’s hard to deny the healing qualities of the plant. But with more research like this, letting people know the positive effects of marijuana on patients like those with fibromyalgia. This medicine helps people to live a much more normal life, free from the usual pain.

Cannabis Effective At Fighting Fibromyalgia

Zero Citations For Airport Cannabis

Zero Citations For Airport Cannabis; Stoner News

When cannabis became legal in the state of Colorado, a lot of people believed that the crime rate would skyrocket… But it turns out that it didn’t. In fact, the crime rates actually decreased. It just shows that there are less problems when cannabis is legalized, including crimes like sexual assault and domestic violence. Another huge issue that was believed to happen was a strong influx of people trying to travel with the plant out of the airports, bringing the still-frowned-upon substance to other states. This doesn’t seem to be the case, however, and the way that the things have been going just proves that cannabis isn’t really a problem. At the Denver International Airport, there are signs hung up everywhere stating that there are stiff fines for any person caught with cannabis. Even with the millions of people going through these gates every month, there have been no citations this far. There has also been no cannabis confiscated since the plant became legal back in January. Since that time, there have been ten people that have been stopped trying to take cannabis through the Transportation Security Administration checkpoints but when asked to dispose of their weed, the people complied without an issue.

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The airport spokesperson for the TSA, Heath Montgomery, said that this means “most people are abiding by the rules and this is not a major issue”. The fine for bringing pot in to the airport is $150 for the first offense and is not a criminal charge but rather an administrative charge under the rules of the airport. In a select few airports, like the one in Colorado Springs, there are boxes in which passengers can ditch their weed without being fined but in Denver, Montgomery says that there just isn’t a need for them. With the number of offenses so small, the airport will continue to handle the situations as they happen and don’t feel the need for additional marijuana security at this time. As most stoners joke, the most dangerous thing about marijuana is getting caught with it. If people can buy legal cannabis and smoke whenever they want in the privacy of their own homes, they have no need to disobey rules like taking weed on a plane. Stoners, for the most part, want to be left alone and will follow the rules in order to keep it that way. Since marijuana hasn’t has a hugely negative effect on the airports in Colorado, it can be safe to say that potheads seem to be okay with following the rules.

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Synthetic Cannabis ER Visits On The Rise

Synthetic Cannabis ER Visits On The Rise; Stoner News

Even with the rise of cannabis reform, synthetic cannabis (also called K-2 or spice) is still a rampant problem in the Denver area as well as other parts of the country. In fact, the reports of synthetic cannabis ER visits has increased exponentially. In 2013, between August 21 and September 19, there were at least 263 people that were admitted and had ingested the fake cannabis product. The symptoms are severe, resulting in seizures and irregular heartbeats. Ten percent of those that ended up in the ER were sent to the intensive care unit.

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This information is courtesy of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine and done by the Colorado School Of Medicine and would seem enough to ban the sale of synthetic cannabis. But alas, it’s not so. The fake pot is sold everywhere from gas stations to tattoo shops, sometimes even at the head shops that we so often frequent to pick up new glass. Since the sale of synthetic narcotics isn’t allowed, the sale of these products is technically illegal but yet a blind eye is turned simply because the packaging reads “Not for human consumption”. Everyone knows what the product is being used for but yet it is still sold, at great risk to those who use it.

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Synthetic cannabis has been behind many reports in the news regarding violent reactions. The substance can cause delirium, seizures, and stroke in users of all ages, so don’t think that just because you’re young, you’re safe. There has been a rise of the use of synthetic drugs such as fake pot over the past five years, probably in correlation with the crack down on marijuana users and the amount of young people that are on probation and even those who are in the military. If you look up “synthetic cannabis in the news” on Google, there are multiple reports of awful things happening to people that are smoking synthetic cannabis. From parents that drowned their 3-year-old daughter to a man eating his pet dog, this substance should not only be banned from any sale but avoided at all costs.

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As already stated, even the legalization of real cannabis hasn’t brought down the amount of spice that gets sold. It is basically a legal narcotic. People buy it in wholesale and resell it at an incredible markup. The effects are terrifying and can leave a lasting effect on the user. It’s problems like these that the government should be addressing, as it sweeps through the nation causing hundreds of problems. While cannabis helps people to live happier lives yet people get thrown in jail for using it, fake weed is a plague that is seriously hurting people surrounding it.

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Cannabis May Help Repair Brain Damage From Stroke

Cannabis May Help Repair Brain Damage From Stroke; Stoner News

A stroke is when a blood clot blocks an artery, preventing the flow of blood to the brain. Brain cells begin to die and when they do, motor skills associated with that part of the brain shut down and become unusable. Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in America and leave the afflicted without the use of certain limbs sometimes. There are some that are able to recover fully from smaller strokes but almost 2/3 will live with some sort of disability for the rest of their lives.

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Recently, a study from the the University of Nottingham released information that chemical compounds in the cannabis plant can help shrink the area of the brain affected by the stroke. Cannabinoids, the cancer curing part of the plant, improve the function of the damaged brain cells. This study reflected on 94 previous studies on mice, rats, and monkeys. The researchers stated that cannabis shows “promise as a neuroprotective treatment for a stroke”. But of course, experts need more information on the effects of the cannabis plant in humans regarding stroke damaged brain cells.

With the stroke as the leading cause of disability in adults in the UK, more than half of these people are dependent on someone else to get through their every day activities. It’s important to find a way for these people to be able to take care of themselves if possible. Since there is no medicine to fix brain damage, it’s starting to look like cannabis is the only way. There are already studies done about the benefits of cannabis to your brain, repairing the cognitive system, rather than destroying it. Cannabis is even thought to be a preemptive strike against Alzheimer’s.

Further research needs to be done, as always. Since the drug is still illegal, a lot of labs don’t want to run tests. However, the results of studies on people with stroke related brain damage has been around for a while, but yet no one seems to be talking about it. By studying the effect of cannabis on stroke patients, there would be a good deal of people who could lead a more normal life, solely because of a plant.

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Marijuana Edibles

Marijuana Edibles; Stoner News

As cannabis becomes legal in certain states, there are bound to be problems that pop up. However, nothing prepared the cannabis community for the headlines that appeared recently about the death of a young Colorado tourist that jumped to his death off of a hotel balcony, reportedly after consuming cannabis edibles. The Denver Post reported that Levy Thamba, age 19, ingested cannabis cookies and became agitated. After his friends in the apartment “subdued” him, the teenager managed to get out of bed and jump to his death from the balcony.

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Edibles are far different then just simply smoking a bowl. Most seasoned stoners are aware that the effects from eating anything containing marijuana gives an extremely euphoric feeling, sometimes even rivaling floating on clouds. Edibles are amazing for people in extreme pain, especially when made with pain fighting strains or especially good for those patients who have lung problems and can’t smoke or dab like others. These cannabis infused treats are great for some patients and it’s quite upsetting to see such a great use of medicine get put in to such a negative spotlight.

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Thamba’s untimely death is extremely unfortunate but the Denver police are still investigating. The fact that Thamba is under the age of 21 is suspicious to start, seeing as how that is the legal age to consume marijuana in Colorado. The police say that the person who gave the edibles to the teen may be held accountable. Also, it would have been incredibly smart of the friends in the hotel room to immediately call 911 when Thamba started acting agitated. However, it makes sense that they didn’t seeing as how they were all underage (much like the alcohol or bad trip mindset that some people have… But if something is wrong, something is wrong and the proper steps need to be taken!!)

The potency of the edibles produced in Colorado must contain less then 100 milligrams of THC per edible. So one brownie could potentially contain that much THC. However, 100 milligrams of THC is about ten servings, which is a good amount. Most edibles are supposed to be eaten over time, in bits and pieces. But due to the overzealous nature of humans in general, most of the users that are eating these treats are eating way too much, way too fast. Not only that but edibles take around an hour to take effect, making some people think that they’re not working and then they proceed to ingest more. This results in edibles being looked at in a negative light, solely because people are stupid and don’t do their research before they ingest cannabis edibles.

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Patients need these kinds of medicine in order to feel better. While recreational users get the benefit of being able to possess and purchase edibles as well, it’s important for the people running the shops inform buyers of the tolerance levels, the amount needed to consume, and any other information that may prevent something like this from happening ever again. It all starts with information. People need to be educated on these effects of any cannabis products, including edibles, concentrates, and the buds themselves.

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Florida Wants To Implement Cannabis College

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Florida Wants To Implement Cannabis College; Stoner News

While most people don’t think of Florida as a really big cannabis state, they’re surprisingly changing our idea of the sunshine state. Not only has the state voted to put medical cannabis on the November ballot, there are talks of Florida being a new spot for a cannabis college. Surprising, seeing as how both Colorado and Washington would be the ideal place for such a school. But Florida is taking huge strides to make sure that it’s citizens can medicate properly.

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The college is being set up in the old Garcia Y Vega cigar factory, which is located in West Tampa. This new institution is the idea of Jeremy Bufford, a man bent on educating people in all aspects of cannabis. He says that the school will teach the history of cannabis, along with legal aspects, botany, and pharmaceutical. The class will last a month and students will walk away knowing a lot more important information regarding marijuana and it’s many uses.

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Florida officials still need to approve the school but Bufford is already itching to open the doors. Rachelle Roach will be a part of the very first class that will be taught at the cannabis college and she is excited to get things started. Roach already holds a master’s degree in nutrition and believes that marijuana has multiple health benefits. Most stoners know of the amazing benefits that cannabis has for people and an east coast based college would be good for those who want to take the class but live on the east coast and don’t want to move that far away for the duration of the course. The other only cannabis college in the states is the Oaksterdam University, located in Oakland, CA.

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Schools like this are very important in teaching more people about cannabis. It’s important that we stay educated. Knowing all that you can about the plant is important and courses such as this may even be offered online someday. Florida will vote on the medical marijuana bill in November and the state hopes to see medical dispensaries by the summer of 2015.

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Stoner News; Legal Weed Is Coming

Stoner News; Legal Weed Is Coming

The United States is crawling slowly towards the complete legalization of cannabis, one state at a time. After so many years of prohibition, the activists are finally beginning to see the results of their hard work. Regardless of the people who are still trying to speak out against our favorite plant, the progress that we’ve seen in unbelievable. Recently, the Pew Research Center released a survey saying that 75% of Americans believe that recreational marijuana will eventually be legalized. Even those surveyed that didn’t support marijuana legalization admitted that it was coming.

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In addition, the study went on to say that 69% of Republicans and 79% of Democrats surveyed said that people who are found to possess small amounts of cannabis shouldn’t be jailed for it and that people see cannabis as less of a threat then substances such as alcohol, which is something that we’re beginning to hear more and more. Cannabis support is spreading across all different groups. And whether or not people want it to happen, the legalization of marijuana will happen.

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Alcohol prohibition didn’t work. Alcohol has far less health benefits then cannabis does and in fact, is repeatedly referred to as the more dangerous of the two substances. But people do enjoy drinking it and if that’s what makes them happy, so be it. However, the cannabis prohibition not only shows how fearful the government and corporations are of losing money, but it hinders the rights of patients everywhere. Every single sick person deserves access to a medicine that will work in the best way possible, with the least amount of negative side effects. With marijuana, there are virtually no bad side effects, besides a danger to your fridge and possible couch lock.

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So if alcohol prohibition didn’t work, there’s really no reason to think that marijuana prohibition will work either. As said above, the patients need their medicine. Plus, it’s a plant. People obtain far worse legal drugs and develop addictions, lose their families, and hit rock bottom, without ever even touching marijuana. Legal marijuana can only benefit us as a society, from medicinal aspects to industrial ones. 2014 is expected to be a huge year for cannabis so let’s keep our fingers crossed!

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Stoner News; Two More Polls Show Growing Marijuana Support

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Stoner News; Two More Polls Show Growing Marijuana Support

When a recent poll was released regarding the percent of Americans that supported cannabis legalization, the results were proudly put on display by stoners everywhere. Over half of the citizens in the states want the plant to be legalized, a huge improvement from past years where it seemed as if cannabis was one of the most hated substances around. If there were any that doubted the outcome of this study, they can’t deny the two new studies that have been released that say the same thing.

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The first poll was conducted by NBC, along with the Wall Street Journal. Their results showed that 55% of those that replied approved of cannabis legalization, again more than half. Even though a quarter of those polled said that they did not agree with marijuana legalization personally, they wouldn’t try to repeal any laws approved by voters or state legislatures. Again, these results are amazingly supportive and just show how much cannabis knowledge has grown in the general population over the past few years.

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In the second poll, done by CBS, 51% of those that responded answered yes to legalizing cannabis, the exact question being “Should marijuana use be legal?” This survey has been repeatedly done over the years since 1979, when the support of cannabis legalization was a whopping 27%. The last time the poll was conducted in April of 2013 showed that there was only 45% that supported legalization. So with a six-point jump in under a year, cannabis is well on it’s way to reworking how people view it.

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Over the year over 2014, we can expect to see huge strides in the progression of cannabis. Support will continue to grow. Another six-point jump in the next year would put cannabis support in the US at almost 60% but most people expect that there will be a lot of positive happenings in the marijuana industry. Even if we could get a couple more states to get on board with medical marijuana, it would give more patients the chance to obtain medicine that they desperately need.

Stoner News; Two More Polls Show Growing Marijuana Support

Stoner News; Easter 2014

Stoner News; Easter 2014

This year, Easter happens to have fallen on April 20th. For those of you that live under a rock, that also happens to be a nationally celebrated pot smoking day, where stoners everywhere do what they do every day… Get high. While not everyone celebrates Easter, those who do (and even some that don’t) will probably be celebrating this year, with sneaky stoner egg hunts where the plastic eggs contain nugs instead of treats… Or maybe you’re just high and the eggs contain treats anyway.

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For the stoners who live around Red Rocks, Colorado, Easter Sunday service will be a little different then the usual worship. While there will be normal masses at the amphitheater, the day will end with an epic concert dedicated to the stoner holiday. The headlines will include Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, with the title of the concert being “Snoop’s Wellness Retreat”. Neither of these rappers has ever hid their love for Mary Jane and even the Red Rocks website references the two as “recreational gurus”. Since weed is legal in Colorado, the concert is sure to be a good time and those who are close are definitely urged to attend, especially if you happened to miss out on the Cup, which will also be held on Easter Sunday.

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Stoners may be expecting to get stoned while at the concert but officials say that there will be no smoking allowed while the concert is going on. For most stoners, this isn’t even a concern, with the sneaky ways we tend to smoke these days. Red Rocks Spokesperson Brian Kitts said that they’re going to be doing an awareness campaign, showing the concert goers that cannabis is still illegal and ask for the respect of the people attending that they don’t smoke. But seeing as who the headliners are and the fact that the concert is on 4/20, there is sure to be lots of toking at this epic show.

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If you are attending this concert, be aware that there will be security at the concert and they will be taking complaints from other attendees regarding the smell of weed or suspicious behavior. Kitts also stated that “there are certain shows that I think are more prone to this, and you know what to expect when you go to those but we’re going to do everything that we can to protect patrons and protect fans.” Everyone would hope that the Red Rocks staff knows what to expect… They’re hosting a concert of two of the biggest stoner musicians on the forever celebrated 4/20. Even with precautions, there is sure to be smoking going on.

Stoner News; Easter 2014

Stoner News; Weed, Less Harmful Than Sugar

Stoner News; Weed, Less Harmful Than Sugar

Marijuana is so dangerous!

This is the argument that most stoners here when they admit to smoking marijuana. There’s so study to back up the statement, no facts, just someone who’s been told for years that a naturally growing plant is just plain awful. Not only is their argument not actually an argument, they’re very wrong. As the plant is studied more and more, scientists are releasing some interesting results and the country’s citizens are beginning to realize that marijuana is a benefit, instead of the negative thing that it’s been made out to be.

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A survey was recently conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News. The poll asked people what they thought were the four most dangerous substances available to people these days. The results were quite unexpected, with the majority of people stating that tobacco is the most dangerous to one’s overall health (49%), followed by the always presents alcohol (24%), which was then followed by sugar (15%). Only 8% of the people who replied to the poll said that they believed marijuana to be dangerous to a person’s overall health.

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Some protestors have claimed that marijuana has links to lung and neck cancer, much like the dreaded cigarette. However, not only does marijuana not contain nearly as many carcinogenic substances as cigarettes (rat poison and paint thinner being two of the things contained in those cancer sticks that happen to be sold at every corner store in this country, perhaps the world), but it has helpful effects that improve the human body. Others say that marijuana is extremely addictive but yet that’s another tough argument to prove, since not only is it physically impossible to overdose on marijuana and most people who quit smoking experience minor annoyances as compared to full blown withdrawal effects.

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NORML Deputy Director Paul Armtentano stated; “These results once again reaffirm that an overwhelming majority of the American public understand that any potential risk associated with the use or abuse of cannabis are relatively minor to those associated with many other legal and regulated substances. Criminalizing cannabis and those who consume it responsibly is a disproportionate public policy response to what is, at worse, a public health issue but not a criminal justice concern.” Basically, the citizen of this country are waking up and beginning to realize that all they fear in this plant is simply a lie.

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Stoner News; Washington DC Decriminalizes Cannabis

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Stoner News; Washington DC 

Things are really beginning to change in the world regarding marijuana. With Colorado and Washington setting the bar for the industry extremely high (no pun intended), there’s quite a few other states that are interested in seeing where the road will take us. Even though the laws are still fairly new, there are many states that are rethinking their cannabis laws, including the place where all of the unfair marijuana laws are made, Washington DC.

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Last week, on Tuesday, the city council voted to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. Mayor Vincent Gray himself supports the measure and is expected to sign it once it passes his desk. With the current penalties including jail time for up to six months as well as a fine of up to $1,000 for any amount of pot, the decriminalization is sure to cut down on unnecessary arrests of nonviolent “criminals” and let the police pay more attention to pressing matters. The new measure that was passed on Tuesday will only let offenders off with a warning or a $25 fine, a considerably lighter penalty then the previous law stated.

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Washington DC is currently the location with the highest arrest rate of marijuana possession in the entire country. Also, according to the Marijuana Policy Project, 91% of the arrests made for marijuana in the district are black, leading many stoners to believe that Washington DC is somewhere to stay extremely far away from. Hopefully with this new measure, the stoners who live in this area of the states will be able to smoke a little easier, knowing that they aren’t in as much of a risky situation as they were previously.

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As always, there’s still no real logic as to why the plant is illegal. It is a plant, something produced by nature. The legalization laws that are happening, while somewhat beneficial, are still very new and unsure. Remember to pay attention to state laws when traveling and to remember that not everywhere is as welcoming as Colorado, California, Washington, and other states that are beginning to allow the use of cannabis for everyone. 2014 is going to be a huge year for the cannabis industry and the snowball is already rolling pretty fast, for it only being March. Just wait and see what else this year holds for our good friend Mary Jane.

Stoner News; Washington DC Decriminalizes Cannabis

Stoner News; Cannabis And Blindness

Stoner News; Cannabis And Blindness

There are many illnesses that cannabis assists with and even cures. With new studies being introduced every day that prove the healing benefits of the plant, it’s hard to deny the healing capabilities it provides. Recently, it has been discovered that cannabis consumption may actually assist with blindness. The reason that the plant helps to prevent blindness in patients is directly related to tetrahydrocannabinol consumption, which has the ability to slow down the advancement of a genetic eye condition that leads to loss of vision, sometimes completely.

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This new information comes from a study published by researchers at the University of Alicante, located in Spain. The study’s finding resulted in the discovery that THC specifically has the potential to fight the disease mentioned above, the name of which is retinitis pigmentosa. Affecting one out of every 4,000 citizens in the United States (according to the US National Library of Medicine), this disease causes the degeneration of the cells in the retina, causing the sufferer to experience extreme issues with their eyesight and sometimes even causing permanent blindness.

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Retinitis pigmentosa has no cure as of right now but due to the finding of the researchers at the University, they are saying that THC might be a valid treatment for those who are dealing with this retinal degeneration. The study included injecting rats who had been infected with the disease with a synthetic THC compound. Within 90 days of the start of the treatment, Dr. Nicolas Cuenca said that his team found that the rats who had been injected with the synthetic THC had 40% more photoreceptors then rats that didn’t receive the same injections. Dr. Cuenca went on to say that the data they acquired definitely suggests that cannabinoids can be used to postpone the advancement of retinitis pigmentosa, hopefully saving some people their vision when dealing with this disease. More studies must be done of course, before cannabis can be proven to fight this affliction.

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Cannabis And Crohn’s

Cannabis And Crohn’s

Crohn’s disease is a serious inflammation of the digestive system. It usually effects the intestines, causing severe pain for the sufferer. There are thousands of people that suffer from Crohn’s. The disease causes abdominal pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, and weight loss, among other more unpleasant symptoms. The treatment of Crohn’s consists of strict diets, vitamins, and antibiotics, some of which I can’t even pronounce. But as always, cannabis shows that it’s qualities far surpass our expectations.

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Those that are diagnosed with Crohn’s disease also suffer from the effects of increased stress. When the patients is dealing with a stressful time in life, working, or sudden loss/change, the Crohn’s can get worse. But as cannabis is a huge stress diffuser, it can prevent the patient from getting to the point where they are in pain. By ingesting marijuana, Crohn’s patients are able to relieve some of their stress, while simultaneously decreasing pain levels. Marijuana has anti-inflammatory qualities that Crohn’s patients swear help them to go about their day normally.

Data from experiments shows that people afflicted with intestinal inflammation have far more cannabinoid receptors in their colonic tissue. Patients with extreme pain, surgery history, and a lower quality of life seem to really enjoy the effects that marijuana has on their health. It allows them to feel happier and normal, while reducing their symptoms. Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of specific scientific information regarding patients and Crohn’s, as is typical, seeing as how cannabis research is restricted by the illegality of the plant.

Living with constant abdominal pain is terrible in itself. But with medicines that may or may not work, what other choice do patients have but to turn to medical marijuana? Not only that but it’s safer to ingest THC and CBD rather than pills that may have adverse side effects. Even though people still argue that smoking cannabis isn’t healthy, the amount of nutritional medicated recipes is staggering. Even on strict diets, Crohn’s patients can live better by ingesting cannabis with their normal, healthy diet.

Cannabis And Crohn’s

Canadian Stoners Get A New Medical Program

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Canadian Stoners Get A New Medical Program

For those of you up there in Canada, get ready to get blazed! The government is about to start a $1.3 BILLION free market in medical pot on Tuesday. This means that there are an expected 450,000 Canadians will get a supply of high quality medical bud. This will phase out the older medical system up in Canada, where there was a lot of different quality weed from small, homegrown operations. By creating this new program, there will be consistency with the quality of the pot and less of a chance that the weed will end up on the black market.

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Canadian stoners will now receive weed from large green houses and health inspections will produce, package, and sell the weed for whatever price deemed fit by the market. The only bad thing about the new program is that private grows will no longer be allowed. Basically, the Canadian government is going to start mass producing weed and even allowing imported pot from other countries.

While this may seem positive, I know that there are people who aren’t going to be happy with this new program. I’ve heard and read of a lot of stoners saying that they don’t approve of straight on legalization for this exact reason. If the government is mass producing weed, they control all aspects of it. It’s a general kind of weed. All of it will be exactly the same. Which when you think about it, that kind of sucks. Always smoking the same makes it boring.

The benefit is that a lot of patients that need the marijuana will be able to get their hands on it. More people will be able to get the pot because there will be so much of it to go around. It’s good for patients and that’s definitely the most important thing. It does suck that marijuana may possibly become a corporate product. No matter what the governments do, stoners are still going to grow their own, whether it be in closets or in their backyards.

Canadian Stoners Get A New Medical Program

Families Moving To CO For Epileptic Children

Families Moving To CO For Epileptic Children

CBD has been shown to reduce seizures in children with epilepsy. Unfortunately for parents, the medicine that their children need isn’t always available since cannabis is still illegal in most states. In order to solve this problem, there have been many families that have completely uprooted and moved themselves to Colorado in order to get their children the treatment that they need. This is exactly what Mark and Maria Botker did for their daughter Greta, a seven year old suffering from epilepsy that has been on multiple medications prescribed by doctors, on strict diets, and she’s even had brain surgery. The poor child was having 15 seizures a day since she was 5 months old, a disorder that prevented her from walking, talking, and feeding herself.

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Greta’s parents had tried everything in their power to make their daughter better and when nothing worked, they turned to cannabis to help their daughter. Maria and Greta went out west, while Mark stayed with their two other children in Minnesota. The two parents alternate spending time in Colorado so that they can see their children and even though they’re split up, Mark and Maria say that it’s worth it. For $600, Greta receives her cannabis treatment and is taking only two medications, as compared to the previous five. Not only that but she’s down to just four to six seizures a day, a vast improvement.

There are many families that are moving to Colorado, as there are a lot of states that haven’t approved the cannabis plant for child use or ban the use of concentrates. Since Colorado allows legal cannabis for everyone and is really the only place that a child can be prescribed the plant, it is a safe haven and a glimmer of hope for those parents who have a child that is suffering from epilepsy. Considering that the alternatives include powerful sedatives, brain surgery, and sometimes even medicines intended for animals, there is absolutely no reason why marijuana should be ruled out as a treatment for children with epilepsy. There are no negative side effects and thanks to the strain Charlotte’s Web, the low levels of THC do not let the child get stoned. It definitely needs to be studied more but cannabis should definitely be considered as a treatment for this disorder.

Families Moving To CO For Epileptic Children

Cops Befuddled By Stoners Yet Again

Cops Befuddled By Stoners Yet Again

Vaporizers are a great way to get stoned on the go. The portable ones are small and inconspicuous, the perfect tool for a sneaky stoner. Designs like the Cloud allow us to appear to be smoking just a regular e-cigarette. We’ve gone a bit further in our sneaky ways, however. Stoners have managed to fool cops even more by putting cannabis in actual e-cigs.

The cops in Nassau, NY are beginning to catch on to our plans. They’ve begun to search the cartridges of e-cigarettes found on people charged with drug crimes. When someone is busted for drugs in this area, the e-cigarette is sent away for testing to determine if it contains cannabis or not. Whether you’re smoking a Cloud or just a normal e-cig, be prepared to get stares from local law enforcement. Since the e-cigarettes are legal, officers can’t do anything until you do something wrong.

Detective Lt. Kevin Smith, who heads the narcotics unit in Nassau County, as well as a New York Assemblywoman who tried to ban e-cigarette sales to minors, both had really great things to say about our good friend Mary Jane. Smith stated, “For young people, marijuana is a gateway. The next thing you know they’re doing acid, molly, and even heroin. I don’t like that people are giving it a pass.” I’m not familiar with the geography around Nassau County but they must be incredibly secluded from the rest of the modern world. The gateway theory has been thrown so far out the window that it landed in the next town over. The Assemblywoman also had some wisdom to contribute, saying “Once you try e-cigarettes, you can become hooked on them, move on to cigarettes, and then move on to other drugs.”

Both of this people are supposed to be respected, well informed members of the community. But yet neither of these people makes any sort of valid statement regarding the cannabis industry, let alone their crazy waste of money plan to test every cigarette confiscated. The tests must cost money to perform right? And yes, they do have to test it to verify that it’s marijuana. I don’t know if that’s a failsafe for the law, who might not know what cannabis products look like but it seems like an extreme waste of money. While the rest of the world advances towards cannabis legalization, it seems that Nassau is stuck in a time warp.

Cops Befuddled By Stoners Yet Again

Cannabis Carrying Cat Gets Busted

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Cannabis Carrying Cat Gets Busted

It’s common knowledge that stoners love pets. Dogs, cats, bunnies, whatever. For some reason, the pets are always a staple in a smokers life. However, it’s quite unusual for the pets to be the dealers, right? Someone decided that their furry feline friend would be the perfect cover to covertly deliver marijuana to a prison in Moldova, to an inmate inside.

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This cat has been sneaking in and out of the prison through a small hole in the fence for a while now, apparently. Before being discovered, no one had thought that the cat was doing anything other than wandering. However, when the guards noticed that the cat’s collar looked a little weird, they decided to inspect. Their efforts didn’t go unpunished, as the cat was carrying two small bags of marijuana around it’s furry neck.

While animals are definitely an awesome companion for any age stoner, using them to transport cannabis really isn’t the best idea. It is pretty awesome that this particular cat has been infiltrating this prison on multiple occasions to deliver marijuana to the people inside. Cats are extremely smart and I’m sure that the owner, who hasn’t been caught, is proud of the intelligence of their feline friend.

Other cats have been busted for helping out inmates as well. There were two other cats that got caught this year carrying in cellphones and digging tools taped to their bellies. One of the cats got found in Russia and the other in Brazil. I’m sure that with this new development on the intelligence of felines, there will be a larger amount of trained jail-breaker cats popping up all over the world. Either way, animals need to be treated well. What I can say is that the fact that the cannabis and the tools were found externally on the animals, at the least the people utilizing this idea aren’t about hurting the animals.

Cannabis Carrying Cat Gets Busted

Stoner News – Parent’s File Lawsuit To Get Extracts For Their Son

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Stoner News – Parent’s File Lawsuit To Get Extracts For Their Son

People from all over the country are moving to places where medical marijuana is available for their children. There are hundreds of kids that suffer from seizure disorders and as more people try, it seems that cannabis is an excellent cure for the attacks these children suffer from. The cannabis that the kids are given is extremely low in THC and very high in CBD, the substance that fights cancer cells, as well as other diseases. There have been multiple families picking up their belongings and moving to Colorado and Washington in order to get treatment for their kids. But the parents of a 5-year-old in Phoenix are filing a lawsuit against the state in order to get medical marijuana extracts for their son, who suffers from seizures.

Jennifer and Jacob Welton live in Arizona, where the law says that patients can allow patients to eat anything “prepared with dried marijuana flowers”. The parents of this boy have been putting crushed marijuana in the boy’s applesauce and it seems to have been working. Unfortunately, a recent surgical procedure on the boy’s brain has compromised his ability to eat properly and the applesauce trick isn’t working as well anymore. The young child’s parents believe that if they can get legitimate extracts, it will drastically help their son improve.

This family pushing for their state to allow the extracts is a huge step for the medical marijuana community. Instead of running to another state, they’re taking a proactive stand because they believe that their son can benefit from the plant. People need to recognize this. These people (and all who use marijuana) are not criminals. We just realize that this plant has power and that we should be using it. This family believes in cannabis and they’re not running from the law. They’re standing up for what they think is right.

Everyone that has any open-mindedness knows that cannabis is not the problem; the ignorant people are. If we try to keep educating these people, they can’t ignore us forever. The cannabis movement is a huge one. As more people begin to stand up to the authorities and say yes to cannabis, other people will follow. Those who are still against cannabis are those who have been brainwashed for decades . It’s up to us to change their minds and make a difference, like the Welton family.

The Stonerdays team wishes good luck to this family in their fight to get medicine for their boy. Good for them for standing up for themselves.

Parent’s File Lawsuit To Get Extracts For Their Son

Stoner News; Players Will Smoke

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Stoner News; Players Will Smoke

The NFL has recently been torn over the good old subject of Mary Jane. Since there are states that now say that the plant is not illegal, people are beginning to speak up against the fact that players can lose their contracts over a little bit of THC. There are players dropping left and right because of the league’s strict laws. It’s about time that the players begin to speak up for themselves and put up a fight for their right to smoke cannabis, whether it’s recreational or medicinal.

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Ryan Clark, a player on the Pittsburgh Steelers, spoke about NFL marijuana use on ESPN’s show “First Take”. Clark stated that while he doesn’t indulge in marijuana, he would be a fool to think that his fellow players didn’t. Setting aside the fact that both Colorado and Washington deem marijuana as legal (the NFL regulations state that the players aren’t allowed to use illegal drugs), players could benefit hugely from using the plant. The interview with Clark went on to speak about the use of opiates and pain medication, with him saying that the players would rather use the plant and risk the consequences of that before using pain killers like Vicodin and opiates. Since drugs such as those have such a high addiction rate, it seems pretty logical to replace them with something less harmful.

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Marijuana is a natural way for players to relieve stress as well as manage pain. Concussions, broken bones, and torn muscles are only the beginning for these athletes. They deal with constant fatigue and strain. Ingesting marijuana can help with the pain, keep addiction rate low, and keep the players relaxed in their down time, leaving them to save their energy for game day. There are even coaches that are on board with marijuana use in the NFL. Coach Pete Carroll, who heads the Super Bowl champions, said that he agreed with the league’s proposal to investigate the benefits of medical marijuana for the team players.

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Players definitely deserve to be able to take the same medicine as citizens. Marijuana isn’t a performance enhancing drug, therefore should be available for the players to use. As said above, the injuries sustained are sometimes quite severe and marijuana can help players avoid the downfall of addiction to hard drugs. While Commissioner Roger Goodell kind of brushes off the possibility of removing marijuana from the banned substance list, the future of marijuana and cannabis looks pretty bright.

Stoner News; Players Will Smoke

Stoner News; UK Cannabis Death Seems Unlikely

Stoner News; UK Cannabis Death Seems Unlikely

Cannabis enthusiasts are well aware that in order to overdose on marijuana, one would have to consume about 1500 pounds of the plant in less than fifteen minutes in order to over dose on THC and even then, it’s more likely that one would die from oxygen deprivation. Researchers to this day have not been able to give animal test subjects enough THC to kill them so the actual amount needed to kill is still unknown. Unfortunately, reports surfaced today that there may have been a cannabis induced death in the UK but there is much speculation as to what really happened.

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According to the Telegraph article that was posted, Gemma Moss, age 31, was found dead in her room after she allegedly smoked half a joint of cannabis the night before to help her sleep. When her blood was tested, it came back positive for THC, which makes sense since Moss was using cannabis to help her sleep. The coroner reported, however, that there were no out of the ordinary conditions with the woman’s vital organs. Out of the numerous articles I read on this woman’s unfortunate passing, not one could give a definitive cause of death. The coroner ruled the death as a cardiac arrest, caused by a marijuana overdose.

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As stated before, cannabis has an extremely low toxicity. It’s widely known that we have receptors in our brain to process THC. Moss is said to have had a history of past hard drug abuse, as well as prescription pills. She had also smoked cannabis numerous times before, in much larger doses and never experienced any sort of health complications, let alone dying. Since Moss had been taking so many drugs for depression and anxiety, one could assume that those are the drugs that killed her and that the cannabis just happen to be smoked. For all we know, the cardiac arrest was inevitable due to complications caused by the pills that were being taken.

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The UK is not a very 420 friendly place. In fact, there are more reported “cannabis poisonings” here than anywhere else. In the mid 1990s, there were five deaths officially called cannabis poisonings. When the deaths were later re-examined, it was found that they died from inhaling vomit and the death was not caused by cannabis. There was also a young man who managed to commit suicide while under a psychiatric watch at a hospital. His parents blamed his cannabis smoking as the cause for his desire to kill himself (I went on to read that there had been other patient suicides allowed at this particular hospital, as well as a long history of difficulty that didn’t really include cannabis for the young man) So while Gemma Moss’s death is sad, it’s difficult to believe that it was only attributed to cannabis. Out of all of the people in the world that are smoking cannabis, it seems unlikely that the only cannabis deaths would just happen to occur in the UK.

Stoner News; UK Cannabis Death Seems Unlikely

Stoner News; Florida To Put Medical Marijuana On November Ballot

Stoner News; Florida To Put Medical Marijuana On November Ballot

It looks like the east coast is seriously making moves to catch up with the west. Stoners in Florida have been working incredibly hard in order to gain signatures needed to qualify a medical marijuana measure for the ballot this coming November. The Sunshine State’s Supreme Court just narrowly approved this, giving Florida residents the chance to vote on whether or not marijuana will be allowed for medical patients. This court’s vote was the last hurdle that the measure had to overcome in order to make the ballot.

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Florida’s Supreme Court ruled by a 4-3 margin that the summery of the proposal that’s going on the ballot was clear, even though some Republicans led by the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi claim that the wording is misleading. Despite protests from this group, citizens will be able to make their own choices. Other states aren’t so lucky and their laws aren’t voted on but instead decided for them by government officials. The ballot in Florida states that patients suffering from debilitating illnesses such as AIDS, cancer, and Parkinson’s, which apparently wasn’t clear to the three justices that voted against it.

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The medical marijuana proposal does still face a tough obstacle. The amendment will also share the ballot with the two people running for Governor of Florida. Governor Rick Scott, a Republican, doesn’t back the medical marijuana bill. His opponent is Charlie Crist, who was previously governor and Republican but now supports legalizing medical marijuana. It is suspected, however, that Crist backing this amendment is a Trojan horse and that he will not support the measure if voted in to office.

Quinnipiac University conducted a pol in November which showed that a whopping 82% of Florida voters support medical marijuana, providing that doctor recommends the plant as a treatment. Only 16% said that they would vote against medical marijuana in the state of Florida. In the same poll, it showed that 48% would vote in favor of legalizing small amounts of cannabis to be possessed by an adult. The slightly smaller opposition ended up totaling at 46%. Hopefully, Florida will see a medical marijuana bill pass and the patients there will be able to get the medicine that they need.

Stoner News; Florida To Put Medical Marijuana On November Ballot

Stoner News; New Hampshire To Vote Again On Legal Weed

Stoner News; New Hampshire To Vote Again On Legal Weed

As cannabis support spreads like wildfire through the east coast states, New Hampshire has been in the news a lot due to the House of Representatives passing a through a bill that is in support of legalizing cannabis. This is a first for any state to have the House pass the bill so the spotlight has been focused on New Hampshire. It is this week that the House Ways and Means Committee will vote on measure and this will decide if the bill will even reach the governors desk. The bill has already gone through a great deal of obstacles and faces many more before becoming a reality for New Hampshire citizens.

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New Hampshire hasn’t been prominent in the cannabis industry. The small state doesn’t even possess dispensaries but as there are primarily young people residing here due to the large amount of schools, it would seem that (if put to a vote at least), the state would become next on the list of legalization. Since the measure isn’t being voted on by the people, it is going to be up to the decisive hand of Maggie Hassan, the current governor. Hassan has claimed that she will veto the bill if it crosses her desk, a severely hypocritical move since she has been supportive of adding more state liquor stores to the highways in New Hampshire, as well as producing the states own line of vodka.

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Hassan isn’t thinking of the needs of the people. In addition to being a youthful state in certain parts, there are also a good amount of seniors, who could benefit from just medical if that was allowed to pass. Since the state is so small, a cannabis model would surely bring in a considerably large amount of revenue. The bill that is being considered now would allow up to an ounce to be possessed by those 21 and older, a designed based on the plan set forth in Colorado. If New Hampshire were able to scrape this bill to success, they would be the next east coast place (Portland, Maine did it first) to legalize cannabis, while being the very first state. Keep your fingers crossed for New Hampshire this Thursday, when the House Committee will vote.

Stoner News; New Hampshire To Vote Again On Legal Weed

Stoner News; Incredible Cannabis Busts

Stoner News; Incredible Cannabis Busts

When someone gets busted for a little bit of weed, the cannabis community is outraged. It’s not fair to be busting small timers… But what about the big fish? Hearing about a huge pot bust where the findings were burned is a rough story to handle. Especially when you hear about the worth of the pot that was discovered. Here are a few of the biggest drug busts that have happened over the past few years.

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– January 2013, US Border Patrol seizes 14,151 pounds of weed from a 26 year old man. The driver tried to get the 600 bales of marijuana across the border but was stopped by agents. The weed was reported to be worth around $12 million.

– In Chicago, June of 2012, police discovered a tractor trailer hauling eight tons of cannabis.

– In September of 2011, canine border patrol discovered marijuana boxed up in crates in a tractor trailer. Patrol officers confiscated over 1100 pounds of pot from the truck, said to be worth somewhere around $22 million.

– A group of people in Queensland got arrested in 2008 for a huge cannabis operation that included both growing plants and ready for sale marijuana. The bust was said to contain 6.5 tons of harvested cannabis and 30,000 unharvested plants. That’s a huge operation!

– November 2011, authorities discovered an underground tunnel that led in to Mexico from San Diego. This wasn’t the usual dirt path, poorly lit Weeds style path. This tunnel was well lit, ventilated, and had a wooden floor. On the San Diego side, there was 17 tons of marijuana located in a warehouse, 12 tons in a truck in LA, and about 4 tons on the Mexico end of the tunnel.

– August 2013, Oregon State Police and the feds managed to bust a marijuana grow containing 3000 plants. They claimed that the bust yielded an estimated $30 million in cannabis. The grow was located down a two thousand foot decline. At least the cops had to work hard for this one, seeing as how the decline was over a mile long.

Cops are continuing to bust people from growing, smoking, and selling marijuana. As the plant begins to take more and more support from citizens, it is my belief that once there are enough places where the plant is legal, the federal government will have no choice but to back off. If the majority of the citizens across the country vote to legalize, how bad would it look for the government if they continued to raid dispensaries and arrest people for nonviolent marijuana crimes?

Stoner News; Incredible Cannabis Busts

Stoner News; January 1st Approaches

Stoner News; January 1st Approaches

The new year isn’t going to just change the last few digits on the calendar. January 1st marks the day that Colorado and Washington will allow the sale of legal cannabis within state lines. Anyone over the age of 21 will be able to purchase cannabis in specially licensed stores. The government officials, dispensary owners, growers, and stoners are itching to get their hands on the first legal buds sold in the United States.

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Legal marijuana isn’t only going to create a huge explosion in marijuana based revenue but in tourism as well. Since these two states are the only ones that allow legal cannabis, there are people traveling from all over the place in order to smoke the best tasting weed that they’ve ever had; completely legal. Even those that don’t really smoke want to be around for the opening of the market, just for the sake of being there. This day will be a huge marker in the history of the United States and hopefully lead other states to follow in these positive footsteps.

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With staggering revenue numbers of medical marijuana reaching $1.4 billion in 2013, you can only imagine how much more money will be flowing once people can smoke just to smoke. The projected numbers for 2014, with the added benefit of recreational cannabis will cause the number to grow by 64%, bringing revenue to $2.34 billion in 2014. With insanely large profits like this, it’s difficult to imagine that no one wanted to legalize cannabis sooner. If every state in the US was producing and distributing cannabis and pulling in $2.34 billion? There is a huge sum of money to be made in recrational cannabis.

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Colorado will allow 348 licensed shops to sell up to an ounce of weed to those 21 and over. In Washington, the state authorities received almost 4,000 requests for marijuana related business licenses. The legalization is hoped to drag cannabis out of the black market area, giving it a more positive and uplifting image as compared to it’s terrible reputation now. Adam Raleigh from the marijuana supplier Telluride Bud Company had this to say;
“Give it six months, and when other states see that the sky didn’t fall and the revenue we are producing, I believe this will spread just like gay marriage did (which is now legally allowed in more than a third of US states). You can’t just stop the will of the people.”

Stoner News; January 1st Approaches

Stoner News; 2013 In A Nutshell

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Stoner News; 2013 In A Nutshell

Cannabis had a big year in 2013. There were multiple laws passed, events that happened, and people that emerged on the scene. New strains were bred and joint rollers took their skill to a whole new level. Cannabis infiltrated social media and started to snowball, gaining support from people who normally wouldn’t think twice about the plant. Here are some of the greatest cannabis related events that happened in 2013.

1. First US High Times Cannabis Cup

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This was a huge deal for the stoners in the States. Most stoners didn’t think that they would ever be able to attend a Cup event since there had never been one before in the US. But since Colorado, Washington, and California have relaxed their marijuana laws so much, High Times held the first ever US Cannabis Cup this year on April 20th.

2. Colorado, Washington, & Portland, ME Legalize

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These three places are the first to fully legalize the use of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes. Colorado and Washington did it first, followed closely by the city of Portland, Maine, which was a defining event that put the East Coast on the map in regards to cannabis. Colorado and Washington put their legal cannabis action in to effect on January 1st, 2014.

3. Uruguay

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While some states in the US legalized the plant, the country of Uruguay is taking huge strides. The country passed a legalization bill that fully allows citizens to smoke weed whenever they want. The government in this country has finally realized that by legalizing marijuana, they stand to greatly decrease the amount of crime and black market activity. With prices of a gram as low as $1.00, people think that Uruguay is really on to something.

4. Cannabis Support Passes 50%

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The amount of Americans that support the legalization of cannabis soared past 50% this year, reaching a whopping 58%. Americans seem to think that cannabis should be legalized for adult consumption, with this number being the highest ever recorded.

5. Lung Cancer Myth Is Squashed

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For a long time, anti cannabis protesters have claimed that smoking cannabis leads to lung cancer, much like the dreaded cigarette. Inn 2013, that myth was put to rest when UCLA investigators conducted their study showing that there is no association of lung cancer with the chronic use of the plant. The risk of lung cancer to marijuana smokers is the same as those who don’t smoke.

6. Congress Members Introduce Legislation To Rule Out Feds

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February 2013 was when members of Congress put forth HR499, or the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. This would remove cannabis from the control of the DEA (FINALLY) and allow the Department of Treasury to give out licenses to marijuana producers and distributors. Congress unfortunately refused to vote on HR499 but it ended up being the most viewed legislation on the Congress.gov website in 2013.

Stoner News; 2013 In A Nutshell

Stoner News; Two Pot Smugglers In One Day

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Stoner News; Two Pot Smugglers In One Day

Smuggling drugs in to prison can bring in a huge profit for those willing to take the risk. However, no one at Stonerdays recommends that you try to sneak drugs in to a prison. It’s an especially large risk that one woman attempted to try to sneak almost $10,000 worth of hash in to a prison in California, disguised quite cleverly as a a bag of Corn Nuts. Another (separate) woman attempted to sneak hash in to a prison with the cover of a bag of Skittles. Brilliant, right?

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Christina Walker, 28, took her 3 year old child to visit convicted murderer Eden Mangram on Sunday afternoon. She walked in to Calipatria State Prison, carrying a bag of Skittles and a large wad of bubblegum stuck to her teeth. Since gum is banned in prisons due to it’s suspected ability to jam locks, Walker was asked questions by the prison officers. Her attitude was enough to arouse suspicion and the cops searched her purse. They found nine baggies of pot, wrapped in colored cellophane, totaling at 10 grams. Walked was taken to a nearby jail and booked on suspect felony charges and her child was handed over to CPS.

Later that day, at the same prison, Angelina Chavira went to visit a different convicted murder, Dat Nguyen. While visiting, the two were acting odd and the staff searched the pair, yielding the Corn Nut bag. Closer inspection of the candy revealed that it contained 23 grams of hash. Chavira was booked in to the prison immediately and the hash was confiscated by the guards.

Considering that prison is one of the hardest places to get your hands on drugs, the hash has a staggeringly high prison value, with the 10 grams of cannabis totaling out to be a whopping $2,300. The hash on the other hand, ended up being valued at $10,350 in jail, almost ten times the value on the street. That’s an incredible amount of profit for such a small amount of the plant. But remember, smuggling cannabis in to prison is definitely not worth the risk of getting caught. You better just smoke it yourself instead.

Stoner News; Two Pot Smugglers In One Day

Stoner New; Seattle Decides Punishment For Public Cannabis Consumption

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Stoner New; Seattle Decides Punishment For Public Cannabis Consumption

With cannabis becoming legal in one state after another, the laws are being built as quickly as possible. Some of them don’t make that much sense (the Nasal Ranger has to be the silliest way to catch cannabis users EVER) while others seem to be just a tad over the edge (confiscating e-cigs and getting their contents tested at labs). The most that lawmakers can do is compare cannabis to alcohol and put forth somewhat of the same rules. January 1st is the day where the purchase of marijuana becomes legal in Washington and Colorado so there’s not a lot of time to lay down the law.

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Seattle has decided on a punishment for those who feel like they can smoke in public. Marijuana smoking in public is looked at as the same way as drinking in public. And in Seattle, the steep reprimands for swigging a beer in public is a whole $27, which is the same fine that smoking in public will bring. This is a considerably welcome punishment, considering that in some states, you can go to jail for years for just possessing a single gram. I’m sure that 99% of stoners would take the $27 fine over any other marijuana related punishments.

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Not only that but the police in Seattle are thinking that they’re not really going to be giving these tickets out. At the worst, they’ll be giving out warnings. The department even wants to avoid giving out public smoking tickets and that, in most cases, the stoners will have to actually WORK to get the ticket. So basically, if you plan on smoking in public, don’t be a jerk to the cops when they bust you in Seattle and nothing is really going to happen. Remember, most cops would much rather deal with stoners than drunks so as long as you’re polite and respectful, chances are you’re not going to get in that much hot water. Finally, cannabis has the police on it’s side!

Stoner New; Seattle Decides Punishment For Public Cannabis Consumption

Stoner News; Colorado Introduces Marijuana Tracking System

Stoner News; Colorado Introduces Marijuana Tracking System

Big Brother is constantly watching the citizens of… well… everywhere. It’s not a secret that someone can (at any time) access the GPS on your phone and know exactly where you are at any time. Or they can read your texts from a remote location. Even if you don’t believe that, you have to admit that the introduction of smart phones wasn’t just for the convenience of the consumers.

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Now, Colorado officials are revealing their plans for a system that will track the sale of marijuana… And people are not happy. MITS (or Marijuana Inventory Tracking System) is designed to keep tabs on the sale of marijuana in Colorado after January 1st. The Denver Post had three reasons why this tracking system will create a huge headache for those attempting to keep track of the weed sales.

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– Since the stores don’t accept credit cards, all transactions will be done in cash. This means that there can be money vanishing, being shorted, and in some cases, adding up to too much of a profit. Cash businesses are usually primarily bars and restaurants, where the employees get tipped. Dealing in a medical environment with all cash and no credit will end up getting extremely confusing for the regulators to audit.

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– Every single gram of bud must be accounted for and the regulators take the weight very seriously. Unfortunately, since marijuana weight can vary day to day based solely on small factors like humidity, this will be an extremely painful and arduous process. And you thought trimming was a pain…

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– The amount of cash and pot that will overflow to the black market will be very carefully regulated. But we all know how sneaky criminals are. If there are people who want to sell marijuana on the streets, it’s going to happen, ESPECIALLY if there are too many regulations put in place.

The lawmakers need to understand that with something like cannabis, where the plant needs no human interaction (unlike tobacco and alcohol) to be ingested, it is extremely difficult to regulate. No matter what regulations are put in to place, there will always be a criminal side to cannabis because the government has made it that way. Not only that but patients have made it very clear that a system such as MITS is the absolute invasion of patient privacy. Since every gram needs to be accounted for, every patient will be tracked for how much they buy, how often, and from where. Does that sound fair to you?

Stoner News; Colorado Introduces Marijuana Tracking System

Stoner News; Massachusetts Wants Legal Cannabis

Stoner News; Massachusetts Wants Legal Cannabis

Cannabis has been decriminalized in Massachusetts. However, the activists in this east coast state are really pushing for legalization of the plant. The primary goal of these cannabis loving activists is very simple; legalize marijuana and get it up to speed with tobacco and alcohol, hopefully to someday surpass those two much more harmful substances.

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The Bay State Repeal group is putting the proposal to legalize on the ballot in 2016, first testing the waters by putting nonbinding referendum questions on next years ballots, to see where the citizens stand on the marijuana movement. These questions will gather data on whether or not the measure will pass when the voters receive the final ballot in 2016. And while cannabis has been decriminalized in MA, there are some towns that aren’t upholding that law, saying that it has too many loopholes. The current law in MA states that a person who possess up to an ounce of cannabis is subject to a $100 fine.

The only argument that naysayers seem to have is the gateway drug route, one that is really starting to get old. Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgette stated that there is “medical information that is irrefutable that kids who start smoking marijuana are more likely to have substance abuse problems as adults”. People can use this excuse as many times as they want… It still won’t hold water. If marijuana leads individuals to harder drugs, it is because the person is a) extremely susceptible to peer pressure or b) have an extremely addictive personality and shouldn’t dabble in things they believe they may become addicted to. Self control is required in order to avoid sinking in to addiction. Marijuana is a medicine, not a drug.

It was last year that Massachusetts passed a medical marijuana bill in an overwhelming landslide. The bill would allow up to thirty five dispensaries across the state. There is a list of around 100 applicants that the health officials released and they hope to give out licenses to the chosen applicants next year. It would be great if Massachusetts legalized marijuana. Not only would more patients be able to get medicine and we would be one more step closer to a fully legal US, but it would put the east coast on the map in the cannabis community.

Stoner News; Massachusetts Wants Legal Cannabis

Stoner News; Smoking Before Age 18 May Cause IQ Decrease

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Stoner News; Smoking Before Age 18 May Cause IQ Decrease

Marijuana is probably the most useful plant on this earth. It has medical and industrial value and can help almost every single person to lead a happier, healthier life. However, research is beginning to show that unmonitored marijuana use as adolescents can lower a person’s IQ later in life. Considering how fragile the brain can be while in this stage of development, this statement may be somewhat valid and teens should be careful about their intake of marijuana.

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A study released in 2012, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy os Sciences, studied more than 1000 New Zealand teenagers who began regularly smoking cannabis before age 18. These smokers shows an eight-point drop in IQ between age 13 and 38, which turns out to be a considerable decline. Since the average IQ is 100 points, a drop of eight points would mean a fall from the 50th percentile to the 29th in terms of how smart that person is. A decrease from 50% to 29% is considerable.

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The reason that growing minds, specifically those in adolescence, are so susceptible to this oddly negative effects of marijuana is because of a chemical called myelin. This is thought to be somewhat of an insulation for the cells present in the brain. Myelin also helps speed brain signals along. Since the frontal lobe doesn’t finish it’s myelination until around age 25. Before age 18, the brain is at it’s most susceptible state, where the brain passages and cells are minimally coated in this necessary chemical.

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Comparing this study to others is nearly impossible because this is the only study that has established a baseline IQ before the subjects started smoking marijuana. The base IQ is key to a study like this, as the results wouldn’t really change if the study began after the user had already started smoking. Cannabis is a huge benefit. But much like alcohol, sticking an age limit on it makes sense. The development of the brain is crucial to the rest of your life so holding off on regular cannabis smoking until age 18 really isn’t that bad. Don’t be the spacey stoner stereotype!

Stoner News; Smoking Before Age 18 May Cause IQ Decrease

Stoner News; G-Day Approaches In Colorado

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Stoner News; G-Day Approaches In Colorado

G-Day (Or Green Day, not to be confused with the band) is almost upon us, the day which marks the open marijuana market in Colorado. With the day only three weeks away, dispensaries are preparing for the onslaught of cannabis craving stoners when the plant finally becomes legal. Now you’re surely wondering where the issue would be with this situation. Lawmakers in Colorado have begun to worry that the amount of weed that is available won’t be able to fill the demand of the public once the legalization is official.

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In an event that will genuinely rival Black Friday, lawmakers are not only concerned about the shortage of buds, but at the actions that some people will take. Since Colorado has been seeing record low temperatures so far this year, people lining up for hours in the cold to get their hands on legal weed could pose a problem, not to mention a serious health risk. The legalization goes into effect on January 1st, 2014 at 8am. The Denver city officials suspect that people will be setting up tents outside of the pot stores in order to get first dibs on the newly legal plant. Unfortunately, even though the list of permit requests is numbered over 100, there will be an estimated twelve recreational dispensaries open in Denver when legalization takes effect.

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Dispensaries will be in chaos. Not only citizens of Colorado will be there. There are chartered busses that will be bringing cannabis tourists in to the city to enjoy the newfound freedom. The marijuana in these dispensaries will only be purchasable by cash, which raises concerns for the security of the dispensaries. Marijuana is not cheap and a lot of cash will be exchanging hands on this day in Denver. Another issue is that there are dispensaries that will be open but not licensed to sell recreational use. Officials believe this will cause a good deal of confusion among some of the cannabis tourists expected to show up.

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Colorado has spent six months developing every aspect that they could of legalizing and regulating the plant. From childproofing the packages the cannabis comes in to rules while driving high, they feel like they’ve covered everything, even though they’re on totally new ground. Much like the country of Uruguay, the world will be watching Colorado very closely on January first and hopefully, stoners in that area will keep it civilized and calm. For those who do plan on camping outside the pot stores and waiting for them to open, please dress warm!

Stoner News; G-Day Approaches In Colorado

Stoner News; Uruguay Becomes First Legal Cannabis Country

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Stoner News; Uruguay Becomes First Legal Cannabis Country

This day has been a long time coming, evern since President Jose Mujica put forth the legalization propsal in June 2012.

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The idea was introduced as a new way to lower the crime rate in Uruguay, which is mostly believed to be associated with non violent marijuana offenses, much like the US. The government has been studying the bill for over a year and a half and today was the day that the final decision was made. Uruguay is the first country to fully legalize cannabis use for the citizens.

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The bill went through the Senate today and they voted to pass it. Now, the government has given themselves 120 days to write the regulations that will be put in place before the legalization law takes effect. Dan Riffle, the director of federal policies for the well known Marijuana Policy Project stated, “Support for regulating marijuana and taking it out of the underground market is not only growing in the United States but also internationally. It will not be long before more states and nations decide to end marijuana prohibition.”

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With Colorado and Washington letting legal marijuana in, and now Uruguay, the movement is quickly gaining momentum. No one can say that the War On Drugs has been a success. As a constant drain on the economy with no real results (other then the outrage of stoners at the unnecessary burning of millions of dollars worth of marijuana and jailing people for just wanting to relax), the War On Drugs has been an epic failure that should have been resigned years ago. Hopefully, Uruguay sets the bar for other states. Oregon is expected to be the next state to fully legalize cannabis and hopefully there will be many other states to follow.

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The bill the Uruguay has passed will allow medical marijuana through the Ministry of Public Health, as well as the domestic cultivation of up to six cannabis plants. Also, people will get memberships to clubs like those in Spain, resembling the dispensaries that we have in the US. Marijuana will also be allowed to be sold in pharmacies as a legitimate medicine, something that activists have been waiting a long time to see. There have even been national ad campaigns in Uruguay, promoting the health benefits of cannabis. In the US, protestors made a huge deal about the idea of pro-marijuana ads being run in Portland, ME. Seeing positive cannabis ads on television would be a sight for sore eyes for anyone in the US.

Stoner News; Uruguay Becomes First Legal Cannabis Country

Stoner News; Pro-Marijuana Ads Go Mobile in Portland, Maine

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Stoner News; Pro-Marijuana Ads Go Mobile in Portland, Maine

The New England states have been a much less talked about subject in the move towards marijuana acceptance. Maine and Vermont especially. The Marijuana Policy Project has decided to take it a step further. The project bought $2,500 worth of mobile ad space on the sides of busses and are going to turn them into positive, marijuana ads. This seems like it would be a great idea, since alcohol vendors are allowed to advertise EVERYWHERE. Marijuana can produce more money so why can’t the green be shown to citizens?

The campaign does exactly what it should do; it spotlights the fact that alcohol is okay while marijuana isn’t. Of course, while the ads aren’t anything explicit and resemble something that would be seen on the wall at a doctors office, the anti-drug crusaders are all over it. Kate Perkins, a spokesperson for the anti-drug group called 21 Reasons told WCSH News that it’s “highly inappropriate to be promoting pro-marijuana message in a place that has a large audience of people under 21.” So keeping kids in the dark is better than them knowing the issues presented in the current world? I’m sorry but I can’t help but shake my head at anti-drug logic sometimes.

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November 5th marks a day that may change Maine history and open the doors to much GREENER possibilities. It’s this day that Question 1 will be presented to voters. This initiative says that recreational pot use would be allowed in Portland for adults. Maine already allows medical and this measure would allow everyone to get stoned in Portland. How could you argue with that? I’m already packing my bags, since Mason Tvert, communications director from MPP thinks that the measure will pass.

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Looking at the ads, they are not offensive, nor do they blatantly broadcast marijuana use. They don’t even have photos of the plants on them. The ads depict normal looking people, paired with quotes and slogans that are pro marijuana. While I understand that Portland is a smaller place, there are far more offensive billboards and ads in Times Square and magazines. You’re going to tell me that a billboard on a bus that promotes a healthy lifestyle choice is worse than the supermarket magazines that scream headlines about domestic violence and how so-and-so got married for half a day.

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I get that parents want their kids to stay away from drugs. I grew up with a cop for a parent, so trust me I know that parents worry about their kids. But there’s a difference between worry and isolation from the real world. Marijuana legalization becomes a larger possibility every single day. What are the anti-drug groups going to say when marijuana becomes legal? Will they explain it to their children as an abomination? Or will they be able to muster the courage to speak to their children about the BENEFITS of marijuana, rather than the negatives.

Stoner News; Pro-Marijuana Ads Go Mobile in Portland, Maine

Stoner News – Lady Gaga’s Cannabis Addiction

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Stoner News – Lady Gaga’s Cannabis Addiction

Celebrities. They’re so annoying, with the extreme amount of sway that they have over people. Even more annoying is when they say something stupid… Really stupid. Like the interview that was released with Lady Gaga, stating that she was addicted to marijuana. The interview said that she smoked fifteen to twenty joints a day to help her cope with a hip injury that caused her to cancel her Born This Way Tour. Unfortunately for stoners everywhere, Gaga went on to say “I have been addicted to it and it’s ultimately related to anxiety coping and it’s a form of self medication”.

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There are stoners that get really cranky when they run out of bud, which is totally understandable for patients. But there are no withdrawal symptoms or crazy mood swings. A cranky attitude is a far cry from the terrifying effects of a heroin withdrawal. However, only a total of 9% of people who have smoked marijuana actually become addicted to it. Other substances have much higher numbers, like alcohol at 15%, heroin at 23%, and nicotine at 32%.

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With celebrities having such a huge say in culture, this interview may cause issues for the cannabis community. Maybe not law wise but since a lot of the younger generations are brainwashed by things in the media, it’ll be harder to convince the youth about cannabis. While they can’t vote yet, they do need to understand the benefits of cannabis so that when they do come of age, they can vote with an informed opinion. People that are constantly in the spotlight, like Lady Gaga, need to be careful about what they say. Even if she still supports marijuana, she’s making it seem like it’s a very negative thing. “Addiction” is not a good word and shouldn’t be used if possible. There are plenty of other phrases and terms to use instead, ones that aren’t so negative.

Stoner News – Lady Gaga’s Cannabis Addiction

Stoner News; Bad Day For Dabs

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Stoner News; Bad Day For Dabs

It has been a controversial subject if dabs are okay to consume or not. While this “new” craze involves inhaling concentrated THC in the form of a waxy substance, it is still being decided if partaking in dabbing is harmful. I can tell you one thing; making it is harmful… More specifically for those who don’t feel the need to educate themselves on how to PROPERLY obtain BHO themselves without buying it from a professional. Stoners everywhere should be educated on the correct way to make butane hash oil, before trying it in their kitchen and ending up like the poor young adults mentioned in this article.

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As most extractors know, you do not try to create BHO in an indoor environment (ie. your kitchen). Too bad for two Modesto residents who weren’t informed of this fact when, on Friday morning, they blew their apartment up trying to make oil. One of them was sent to the hospital due to burns he obtained during this brilliant act. What makes this situation even worse is that there were three children present in the apartment while the adults were cooking. Dupree Galindo, 22, went to the hospital with burns from the explosion while his counterpart, Deanna Brown, 23, called a friend to come pick up the kids before police arrived.

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While anyone who’s educated in the subject of dabs would understand that this is a mistake that uninformed people make, anti-legalization advocates use events like this to give the marijuana movement a bad name. This is a huge setback in our cause. While obtaining BHO is a great way for some patients to get relief from their symptoms, it is at the point where those against us are using these accidents as a weapon; claiming that now marijuana is like meth and that makes it just as dangerous. Marijuana obviously isn’t as dangerous as meth, nor does making oil have to be compared to an awry meth cook.

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If you’re going to try to make your own oil, I suggest you research very far in to it before pioneering off in to something that you don’t fully understand. By educating ourselves and others on this process, hopefully we can prevent more people from being hurt and the movement from being tarnished. It looks even worse for us when kids are involved in incidents like this. We want people to look at us as responsible citizens that productively contribute to society, not as silly young kids. While I hope that the two arrested for this incident are out of jail soon, I do hope that it teaches them a lesson of sorts. Please, everyone, be responsible! 🙂

Stoner News; Bad Day For Dabs

Growers Busted For (Almost) Grow Op in Ireland

Growers Busted For (Almost) Grow Op in Ireland

Growing marijuana is a serious pain and anyone who has grown knows this.

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There are so many things that can go wrong, it’s amazing that this weed can be called that. Usually weeds grow wherever, whenever, and under ANY conditions. I’ve never grown a plant that was more of a pain that a pot plant. You have to feed them, make sure that they’re not stressed, and most importantly, weed out the males if you’re trying to get buds.

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Over in Ireland, a group of unfortunate gang members managed to get their grow op busted and raided by police. That’s obviously never a good situation but it gets even better. The brilliant gang members had forgotten a key part of growing; make sure you can recognize the gender. All of the plants in the gangs growroom were MALE. Authorities, after searching the place, said that there wasn’t enough flower to make a single joint.

Now, cannabis just happens to be a plant that blatantly broadcasts its gender. The male cannabis plant will develop small sacs under the branches, where pollen is stored. The females grow the little buds, which eventually grow in to the flower. This particular raid was said to contain plants that had been growing for over a year. The growers had done almost everything right, besides completely spacing the fact that you can only smoke parts from the female plant.

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If you’re going to grow weed, as I keep saying, you have to do it right. I’ve given it a shot. It’s difficult! I give a lot of credit to the growers who do this for a living and who deal with hundreds of plants a day. I genuinely feel bad for these growers, as not only did they get busted but they really screwed up their operation and make themselves look even worse. Sorry you got busted, guys! Next time make sure the plants are ladies! 😉

Why Is The East Coast So Far Behind?

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Why Is The East Coast So Far Behind?

Most of you have probably read Battle of the Buds, an article that explains how ridiculous it is that the west coast stoners think that they’re better than the east coast stoners. Truth is, no one is better. Some of us just ended up in the right geographical location to be at the head of the marijuana movement, instead of stuck on the other side of the country.

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The east cost, for one, has a much higher populace of older generations. These older people are probably the main reason that marijuana has very little support in the east coast states. Florida, for one, is known for having a large amount of senior citizens, as well as the far north New England states. There are some seniors that are pretty open minded to the idea of cannabis… But the east coast seniors are not. For whatever reason, they’re still stuck in the reefer madness age.

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Aside from the older generations, the east coast states are primarily inhabited by families with younger children… Who get older and move out west when they can. But a lot of families in this area preach the anti-marijuana word to their children while growing up. This explains the lack of enthusiasm from the young people that are left because their parents brought them up the way that they were brought up… To hate cannabis.

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Knowledge is power. But changing the ideas of someone who’s only known a single idea their whole lives is extremely difficult. Thickheadedness and stubborn opinions infest the east coast and make it very hard to convince people that cannabis helps. Thankfully, Maine has been a huge help to getting the ball rolling. The city of Portland recently passed a legalization law within the city limits. While a city is definitely not a state, everyone on the east coast should be keeping their fingers crossed that this gives other cities and states on the east coast to vote for cannabis.

Why Is The East Coast So Far Behind?

Synthetic Marijuana Still An Issue, Even Where Marijuana Is Legal

Synthetic Marijuana Still An Issue, Even Where Marijuana Is Legal

By this point, most people are familiar with the new synthetic cannabis product that is referred to as “spice”. When the product first came out, consumers were smoking it like marijuana, as it’s said to be a similar compound as THC. The product bears a clear label that reads “not for human consumption” but since marijuana is illegal and this stuff was being sold in gas stations, people over the age of 18 were able to obtain it legally.

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As the spice continued to sell on the market, it became apparent that it’s effects may or may not be dangerous. People began to experience the serious side effects, which include seizures, mental instability, violent tendencies, and eventually a dependency to the drug. Yes, I consider spice a drug. It is a vile substance that masquerades as a life improving substance when all it does is deteriorate brain matter and cause problems. After a while, when the effects of spice became known, police began to raid stores that were lax in their selling laws. Stores that blatantly spoke of consuming the spice by smoking were busted and it looked like people would stop using the fake pot.

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Unfortunately, since late August, there has been a serious outbreak of synthetic marijuana sickness erupt in Colorado, which is odd since the legalization of marijuana just passed there. More than 150 people have fallen ill and possibly even three deaths. Hospitals all over the state have been filing reports of patients arriving in varying states of delirium, anger, dizziness, and unresponsiveness. Most of the people hospitalized were teenagers, which might makes sense since medical marijuana isn’t available to those under 18.

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While legalizing marijuana might help the community we live in, there will always be something to take it’s place. Synthetic drugs are unbelievably bad for you, sometimes worse than the real thing. It’s ridiculous that this substance is still sold, yet everyone recognizes that people are ingesting it. Can you imagine if you got sold a bag of fake pot? While most seasoned smokers know the difference between the real shit and trash, what about a younger kid who doesn’t know? His experience with marijuana will forever be a bad one because he smoked some fake stuff that caused him to become extremely paranoid and sick.

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To sell a product like this while knowing what it does to the people who buy it is totally wrong. Even the man who created the spice, a professor of organic chemistry named John William Huffman, doesn’t condone the use of it. He has been quoted saying “I’m concerned it will hurt people… It bothers me that people are so stupid as to use this stuff”. The compounds in the fake pot were made for scientific purposes, not the be consumed by 16 year old kids that are mad that they can’t buy weed at the dispensary down the street.

Synthetic Marijuana Still An Issue, Even Where Marijuana Is Legal

Ship’s Hashish Cargo Set Ablaze by Crew After Police Tip Off

Ship’s Hashish Cargo Set Ablaze by Crew After Police Tip Off

Say that you run a decent sized grow op. You have gorgeous plants on a plot of land that are ready for harvest. What else do you do other than chop them down and turn it in to 30 tons of hash? That’s what the smugglers on the Mediterranean Sea were doing when police caught wind of the operation. Instead of trying to move the hashish to a safer location, the smugglers decided that there was only one option; put the 30 tons of hash on a boat, sail it out on the Mediterranean Sea and light it on fire, of course.

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The amount of hashish that was on the boat had a street value of $5.3 million and burned for about 24 hours before police were finally able to put the blaze out. When they finally managed to tame the fire, police had to board the vessel wearing gas masks to avoid being overcome by the smoke from the burning ship. By the time that law enforcement was able to get aboard, most of the cargo had been destroyed by the fire. It took them almost four hours to board the ship, let alone douse the blaze.

The crew of the Golden Star attempted to make an escape by jumping off of the burning ship and trying to swim back to shore but were picked up by the marine police. This activity hasn’t been seen for some time and has the police baffled as to the reasoning behind the burning. It does seem a bit strange but I suppose that when the cops are on your trail for producing that much hash, you do what you have to do to avoid being caught. It is pretty tragic that the cargo was almost completely burnt.

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Would you have done the same thing as the crew? Set the ship ablaze and try to bail? It definitely does seem like the only way to try to escape, although these poor dudes didn’t make it that far. I can imagine the amount of difficulty that making that decision would take and all we can do is hope that someday, no one will have to make that choice and giant ships full of hashish don’t have to be set on fire!

Ship’s Hashish Cargo Set Ablaze by Crew After Police Tip Off

Cannabis Receptors; An Evolutionary Mistake?

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Cannabis Receptors; An Evolutionary Mistake?

Smoking marijuana has been an accepted practice by many different cultures for thousands of years. Of course, some people try to keep cannabis from reaching the public. Cannabis is considered an eye opening substance, much like mushrooms. It broadens the acceptance of ideas in a person’s head and allows people to accept other possibilities other than what they’re told. While this seems like an incredibly amazing thing, there are those that don’t want citizens to be able to think freely.

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Getting stoned goes far beyond the fact that “it feels good”. We get high because we’re built to get stoned… Literally. Our bodies, as well as the bodies of every other animal with the exception of bugs, has a cannabinoid system built in. The brain automatically bonds with THC and produces it’s own endocannabinoids. If you believe in evolution, then this system had to have appeared for a reason, right? We must have utilized cannabis much more at some point in our history, as the system is still present in every human that is born.

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Oddly enough, the cannabinoid receptor in life forms seems to have developed long before pot was even around on the planet. 550 million years before, in fact. If the cannabinoid system and receptors in the brain were an evolutionary mistake, then there must be a reason as to why the system is still around. Evolution produces traits that make living easier. Life on this planet must need cannabinoids to make functioning better.

600 million years ago, when the cannabis system first appeared, the following 75 million years had a surge of evolution for life on the planet. Oddly, these events seem to coincide. It is suspected that the appearance of cannabinoid receptors and the accelerated rate of change in life are related. Evolution’s sole purpose is to improve life by changing things. If the receptors improved life on earth that drastically, there is a very solid reason why we should be using the plant on a daily basis. It improves life and everyone knows that life is extremely difficult these days. If it’s possible to improve the quality of life just by ingesting a plant to make our own endocannabinoids stronger and better equipped to help make us happy.

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So if the cannabinoid receptors were an evolutionary mistake, then it was an extremely good mistake. The fact that our bodies can process CBD and THC so well that it can kill cancer cells and completely eradicate depression and anxiety, among so many other benefits, is incredible. People are afraid to accept that our bodies are ready to process cannabis in an extremely positive way.

Posted on Tue, October, 29th 2013 by THCFinder

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Cannabis Receptors; An Evolutionary Mistake?

Eight Government Lies About Marijuana Legalization

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Eight Government Lies About Marijuana Legalization

The government likes to tell the public how awful marijuana is and how there are so many dangers associated with it. As more people discover the wonders associated with the cannabis plant, the government is slowly loosing control over what the general public believes about marijuana. Unfortunately for the governments minions, their lies aren’t even passable with the knowledge that people possess today. According to an article posted by Chris Blakely, the following are eight lies that the White House is telling about marijuana.

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1. “The downward trend in youth marijuana use during the late 1990s has ended… Not surprisingly, this increase coincides with a softening of youth attitudes about the risks of marijuana.”

While in the 1990s, there were tons of scare tactics being released about how “dangerous” weed was. So of course it would make sense that marijuana use was on the decline. These days, marijuana is making a huge impact on the youth of today, making it extremely difficult for the government to lie to people about the negative effects of marijuana.

2. “Proposals such as legalization that would promote marijuana use are inconsistent with this public health and safety approach.”

It is the belief of many that by legalizing marijuana, the world would be a safer place and people would be healthier. Cannabis leads people to a healthier lifestyle. Plus, there would be a large amount of crime that would be eliminated if the plant was to become illegal. Whatever approach the White House is taking obviously isn’t working.

3. “Legalization would lower the price, thereby increasing use.”

Even if the price of marijuana changed, legalization probably would not effect the number of smokers. People smoke. It’s illegal is most states and people in those states are still smoking. Legalization would at least keep marijuana “criminals” out of jail, leaving room for people who commit real crimes. Marijuana use will increase because of the facts, if anything. As people learn what the plant can do for personal health, it is believed that more people will begin to smoke as more information is released.

4. “And because drug use is sensitive to price, especially by young people, higher prices help keep use rates low.”

This is completely untrue. If the price of marijuana gets too high, the users will result to the alternative; growing their own. Some states have extravagant marijuana prices, yet the number of marijuana smokers rises every year. When people believe in something as powerful as cannabis, there’s not a whole lot that the government is going to be able to say to change their minds.

5. “Marijuana can cause distorted perceptions, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory.”

Or marijuana makes some people able to function and go about their daily lives? If the government is still in this mind set, then they’re way farther behind the rest of us than previously thought. Marijuana helps people. It’s unsure how or why the government doesn’t understand this concept yet.

6. “Our experiences with even tightly regulated prescription drugs, such as oxycontin, shows that legalizing drugs widens availability and misuse, even when controls are in place.”

Comparing marijuana to oxycontin is insulting. Considering that prescription pills are one of the most commonly abused drugs and no one has ever died from a marijuana overdose, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense that these two substances could even be considered to be the same. Seriously, this argument is just sad.

7. “Legalization would further burden the criminal justice system.”

Burden the system? How many people are in jail for nonviolent marijuana related crimes? Too many. While basically innocent people are fined and put in prison for just possessing a plant, real criminals run rampant. By making marijuana illegal, not only will the jails be freed up, but police forces could turn their attention to much more important matters.

8. “Tax revenue would be offset by higher social costs.”

Taxpayers shell out so much money in order to keep the prisoners of nonviolent marijuana crimes locked up. By releasing those in prison for the crime of possessing a plant, there would be 60% less convicts for the taxpayers to pay for.

The government lies. We realize that. But to say such annoyingly false statements as legitimate arguments just shows that the government either isn’t paying attention the marijuana industry or they’re just terribly uneducated. If they won’t listen to the real facts that come from scientists and studies from professors, what can we do other than shake our heads at their meager attempts to discourage legalization? Whether or not the government likes it, marijuana will be legal. Either every state will legalize the plant like Colorado and Washington and the federal government won’t be able to keep up or the government will have no choice but to legalize the plant.

Hopefully, we see the day where people no longer get prosecuted for marijuana use and possession. The efforts put forth by activists has come a long way from the days of the hippies. With facts to back us up, anti-drugs activists and the government are just running out of ideas to combat us.

Posted on Wed, October, 30th 2013 by THCFinder

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Are Sexy Stoners A Help Or Hinder For Medical Marijuana?

Are Sexy Stoners A Help Or Hinder For Medical Marijuana?

Shuffling through the social media webpages associated with marijuana, one will see the incredibly large amount of scantily clad ladies.

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Sometimes the girls will have some cannabis related accessory in the picture and sometimes, there won’t be. Of course these girls are a beacon of attraction for male smokers all over the place but they also could be a direct weapon against the fight to legalize medical marijuana.

It is common knowledge in the mass media world that sex sells. It is an iconic topic that people utilize to sell products, promote music, and just because it looks good. Girls like this are empowering to other girls and sometimes promote the acceptance of all body types, which would obviously be a really great message to send with cannabis. Not only are we trying to help people by allowing this plant, but we promote positive self images and acceptance. Companies also benefit from these pages because a cute stoner girl’s page attracts attention and is a good use of product placement. Whether or not the girls realize that they’re a marketing utensil, it does benefit the small, start up companies that may have fizzled out if it had not been for female promotion via social media.

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Although it does seem like this kind of provocative advertising may seem like an awesome idea, keep in mind that there are still people that are going to attempt to use this as a weapon. Just the other day, I was on Instagram and saw a risqué photo with a comment reading “If you’re wondering why medical marijuana isn’t taken seriously, here’s the reason”. After reading that, you have to admit that there is another side to the advertising idea of using naked women. A very negative side that people may try to use against the cause if they find it. You don’t see Zoloft being promoted by girls in bikinis, so it stands to be argued that girls in bikinis could be viewed as negative publicity for medical marijuana.

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Social media is a tool that can be used to an extreme benefit for those who know what’s it capable of. Some of these pretty stoner ladies promote such a positive image, like the stoners who promote healthy living and exercise. However, there is a difference between promotion and pornography. Knowing where to draw the line is extremely important. While there are some photos on Instagram that manage to keep it classy while showing skin, there are others that may possibly be used as a weapon against our cause. Of course, it’s up to the person behind the username to differentiate a positive message verses a negative one.

Posted on Wed, October, 30th 2013 by THCFinder

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Are Sexy Stoners A Help Or Hinder For Medical Marijuana?

Stoner News; Marijuana Breathalyzers

Stoner News; Marijuana Breathalyzers

California is next on the list of states to legalize cannabis. This is great news, except for their extreme concern for DWS or “driving while stoned”.

Now, testing for alcohol is one thing. Alcohol is an extremely dangerous inhibitor that not only causes people to see multiple objects instead of one but can also cause random fits of rage and passing out. Driving while intoxicated is a terrible idea. But anyone who has driven while stoned knows that it’s nowhere near as terrifying as driving drunk.

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There needs to be a lot more research done in order to produce a machine that will be able to tell the level of “stoned” that a driver is. This presents a huge problem though. Since every person reacts to the intake of THC differently, not to mention the different levels of being stoned. This means that it won’t be as effective as an alcohol test, says Gabriel Reeves, who works at the Elemental Wellness Center in San Jose. So if it’s not effective, why would we bother putting money in to it?

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Washington has an implemented “legal limit” for marijuana users, since the plant has been legalized completely there. Their ruling states that the THC content in the drivers blood must be below five nanograms per milliliter of blood. Exactly how does one test that on the side of the road? Blood work like that seems like it would need a lab to develop it and actually be able to tell if the person is too stoned to drive. And as mentioned above, every patient needs a different amount of marijuana to go about their daily functions. At what level would it be fair to say that a person is too high to drive?

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Recently, I wrote an article regarding a study done at Columbia University saying that cannabis using drivers aren’t really that dangerous anyway. In fact, the study showed that cannabis users had a considerably lower risk of being involved in a fatal crash as compared to other drugs tested (including alcohol). If people are allowed to take Ativan and drive, then cannabis should be no question. And as for those who have driven stoned, they are familiar with the heightened attention to details, care for the speed limit, and the awesome feeling of not being in a hurry. Driving while using cannabis is something that definitely needs more research but it is my personal belief that driving while stoned is probably the safest medicine to be driving on.

Stoner News; Marijuana Breathalyzers

Stoner News; Google Earth Gets Grow Op Busted

Stoner News; Google Earth Gets Grow Op Busted

Technology is something that all of us use to our advantage… Right? In most cases.

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But the idea that we’re being spied on is a constant nagging in the back of our minds. Our phones are equipped with GPS tracking and who knows where our texts go besides the person in the “To” line. It’s a creepy thought but for most people, nothing will happen. Unfortunately for Curtis Croft, this was not the case.

Croft had a large grow op in Oregon, where cannabis is legal for medicinal reasons. In the state, a person with a medical license is allowed to grow up to 30 plants. That’s an extremely large amount of marijuana in the first place. But Croft, who has been growing for long before the legalization, was busted with a whopping 94 marijuana plants on his land.

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Since Google Earth isn’t constantly updated with new photos, the authorities had to verify that the plants were there. They were discovered that the plants were all still there, arranged in perfect rows. After confirming the existence of the grow operation, the authorities raided the farm and confiscated the plants. The raid happened last month and Croft is now facing drug charges.

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It’s a bummer that Google happened to be the downfall of a grower who was probably providing a lot of medicine to a lot of patients. It’s important to remember things like Google Earth exist and if you get snapped in a photo on there, it’s there for a while. There are entire galleries full of hilarious photos of people getting busted doing things that they really shouldn’t be doing. If you’re growing your plants outside, make sure that you’re below the legal limit.

Stoner News; Google Earth Gets Grow Op Busted

Uruguay; Where Weed Is (Almost) Legal

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Uruguay; Where Weed Is (Almost) Legal

While many places are caught in an awful hypocritical situation of allowing marijuana while at the same time, denying dispensaries any right to take root within x amount of miles from schools, churches, government buildings, residential areas, etc etc, Uruguay has surpassed everyone in the race for marijuana legalization.

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The government there has been working towards this for a while. The law in Uruguay has been contradictory for a good amount of time, stating that marijuana consumption is legal but the production and sale are not. Lol… What!? They’ve finally worked out the always present questions of regulations, growing, and avoiding becoming like Amsterdam, where cannabis is a tourist attraction.

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President Jose Mujica says that he will sign the bill when it enters chambers in October. While the people of Uruguay don’t really care for the bill (63% of citizens surveyed are against the bill passing), the government is going to pass it anyway. They believe that it is in the best interest for the country, as Uruguay has a history of tolerance. Much unlike the United States, the government in Uruguay has realized that it’s just better to pass legalization and not have to deal with overflowing jails and wasting the authorities time trying to find “criminals” smoking a plant.

The bill will allow people to grow up to six plants and harvest 480 gram a year. There would be marijuana “clubs”, which would be anywhere from 15-45 members that would get their weed from pharmacies which would have a license to do so. These clubs would resemble dispensaries. Anyone without a special government license would be subject to 20 years in prison. There would be a special committee that would regulate who had the licenses and cannabis propaganda would not be shown in any sort of mainstream media.

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When the bill gets passed through all of the necessary levels of government, it will start to take effect next year. Considering the time that it will take to zone out clubs, grow the actual plants, and get everything in order, the measure is perceived to take effect about halfway through 2014. For a small country that has a seriously large spending budget to combat drugs (Uruguay spends upwards of $80 million a year on their drug program), the amount of illegal substances that get confiscated are a speck of dust compared to that number ($5 million). Instead of spending that much money to get basically nowhere, the leaders of this country have decided that it’s time for a serious change.

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As another way of showing that this is not about making money, the marijuana that is grown will be sold at rock bottom prices. And by rock bottom, the cannabis will be sold to consumers for $1.00 per gram. However, the prices now are only about $.40 most expensive. President Mujica wants it to be known that their plan for legalizing marijuana is not about making money, but giving the citizens the freedom that they deserve. By making the plant legal, the government in Uruguay thinks that the black market will suffer greatly. Medicine will also be more widely available, monitored, and affordable so everyone that needs it will be able to get it.

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Being able to accept marijuana usage is a huge step for the government of Uruguay. It shows that they understand that people are going to this whether or not the government says that it’s okay. Making the plant legal with guidelines is absolutely better than keeping it illegal and locking everyone up. Hopefully, other politicians will get the hint that hey, maybe they should just let us get stoned. None of the programs that have been put in place to stamp out cannabis have worked. The governments should sit back, take a look at what happened during the Prohibition (that one worked really well, don’t you think?) and allow the citizens of their countries to make the choice for themselves. Do you want to use this magical plant to try to cure your affliction or would you rather take forty pills a day for the next ten years and MAYBE you’ll see results? The choice here is quite clear. There are only positive effects from legalizing marijuana.

Uruguay; Where Weed Is (Almost) Legal

Study Says Stoners Might Be Okay To Drive

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Study Says Stoners Might Be Okay To Drive

Driving while under the influence of marijuana has a been a huge issue in the law community since states have begun to legalize. How is it possible to measure how stoned someone is on the side of the road?

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Not only that but is marijuana really that dangerous while driving? In my personal opinion, driving while stoned reduces speeding, distractions, and random road rage. While I don’t recommend that all stoners go get blasted and try to drive, stoned driving can – in no way – be more dangerous than drunk driving.

A study done at Columbia University showed that marijuana had the lowest odds ratio of the driver being involved in a fatal car crash. There were multiple substances tested in the categories of stimulants, polydrug use, and narcotics. This study showed that the level of risk involving a crash while using marijuana is comparable to the risk of a crash on allergy medicine d penicillin. Since those pharmaceuticals have low crash risk, cannabis does as well.

Obviously, the substance with one of the highest crash rates was alcohol. In an article found on CNN.com regarding the most dangerous drug, alcohol was rated at 72 on a scale to 100 of one of the most dangerous drug. It surpassed heroin and cocaine. That’s a seriously harmful substance that’s legally sold everywhere. As a multi-billion dollar business, you would think that these companies would care about the welfare of their consumers. But providing places like bars, where patrons are sort of forced to drive, just promotes driving drunk.

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This new study done at Columbia will hopefully show that marijuana isn’t dangerous, even when a stoner is behind the wheel. Marijuana increases focus and not to mention, the paranoia effect that some strains have on smokers makes them super aware to what’s going on around them. A stoner that’s driving is far more likely to follow the laws of the road because of their fear of being pulled over. Before more smokers get prosecuted for driving while stoned, we should take a step back and rethink this alcohol thing. The most dangerous drug should not be legal, that’s for sure.

Study Says Stoners Might Be Okay To Drive

Bieber Toking Up Yet Again

Bieber Toking Up Yet Again!

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We all know who Justin Bieber is… He’s that annoying little twerp that sings annoying pop music that unfortunately plays everywhere. He’s also the one who got pegged in the head with a water bottle while performing onstage at some music event. No one really likes his music except for prepubescent girls so why would I bother writing about him? Well it seems that our good buddy Bieber is turning in to quite the rumored stoner.

It first started in January when a picture appeared on the web of the pop singer smoking a blunt with a bunch of friends. The photo blew up and people were pretty pissed… Especially all of Bieber’s minions. But people quickly got over it and life continued until July, where Bieber’s tour bus got busted at the Canadian border for carrying pot. Bieber didn’t get busted but again, everyone was pretty angry.

And now, this! Bieber’s private jet pilot said recently that when Bieber and his friends pulled up in their SUV for a coast to coast flight, some straight up “Cheech and Chong smoke” billowed out. It was apparently so bad that the pilot wanted to put on an oxygen mask! Justin and his friends refrained from toking up while in flight but apparently, Biebs was so high that he had a hard time signing his credit slip for the flight.

Celebrities probably smoke double what any of us do. With their high profile lives and obnoxious rules to live by, they definitely need a way to wind down. What better way to do it than cannabis? While I don’t personally care for Justin Bieber and I think his music is terrible, I think that he should straight up say “I smoke pot… It is what it is… I like it.” It doesn’t matter what celeb is toking up… They should be proud to be a stoner and lobby for legalization! Their influence is huge with the media and an outburst of celebrity potheads speaking out would be a huge help!

 

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Bieber Toking Up Yet Again!

Marijuana Claims It’s First Death Ever

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Marijuana Claims It’s First Death Ever

It is a widely spread fact that marijuana has never been the cause of someone’s death directly. This doesn’t count for the people gunned down in the violence that is so unfortunately associated with marijuana. But no one has ever overdosed on marijuana. It typically doesn’t kill people. Typically.Man crushed by marijuana

Last month, a poor guy in Brazil got crushed to death by half a ton of pot. It also happened to be his pot, which makes this whole thing even worse. The poor guy was running from the police when he took a sharp turn, causing the stacked up pot to tumble over and literally crush him to death. The driver hasn’t been identified to the press.

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This sucks in so many different ways. First off, again, the police create a sense of violence. If this man hadn’t been running from the cops, there wouldn’t have been a chase and the man wouldn’t be dead. Second, there goes all of that pot in to police hands. Who knows what they actually do with that stuff. Tests, smoke it themselves, who knows. But then there’s also the fact that I’m pretty sure that there’s a meme on the internet that says “Ways Marijuana Could Kill You” and being crushed by the plant is on that list. This poor guy suffered the fate of a meme.

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It’s a huge bummer that this happened and even if the driver wasn’t a good guy, dying by being crushed by your own supply sucks. It’s not the ideal way to go. The incident wouldn’t have even happened if the man hadn’t been chased. Police need to arrest criminals, which I get. But why do they have to take it this far? Obviously, they didn’t know that the marijuana wasn’t secure but there has to be bigger issues that are going on, am I right?

Missouri Professor Busted For Grow Op After Facebook Threat

Missouri Professor Busted For Grow Op After Facebook Threat

Professor Matthew Rouch of Nothwest Missouri State University was being investigated for a mass shooting threat when police raided his house in search of weapons.

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However, after a thorough search, the police yielded nothing… Except the exposure of a massive grow operation in the communications professor’s home. Weirdly enough, I went to college for communications… I guess people who are interested in media also tend to gravitate towards being stoners. 😉

Rouch posted a threatening message on Facebook regarding his thoughts on a mass shooting. The post reportedly read;

“[I am optimistic at the start of the school year…] but by October, I’ll be wanting to get up to the top of the bell tower with a high powered rifle with a good scope and probably a Gatling gun as well.”

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While threats of violence aren’t to be taken lightly, I’m sure that most people reading this have read more threatening things on Instagram comments. The threat of the post was enough to spark a police investigation of the professor’s home, which eventually turned up no guns or weapons. Unfortunately, the cops did uncover the grow up that Rouch was growing. There was apparently a large amount of plants under lights, as well as multiple baggies prepped for distribution, and quite a few glass pieces.

Unfortunately for Rouch, cops tend to take Facebook posts very seriously. In my opinion, threatening to shoot up a school (whether it be a joke or not) while tending to a large grow op in an illegal state is probably not the best idea. The professor now faces charges of production and distribution of a controlled substance.

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While growing pot, one must remember that it is best to stay as far under the radar as possible. It’s not smart to draw too much attention to yourself because you may end up getting caught over something absurd, like a Facebook post. I don’t know if Rouch was serious in his statement to advance to gun violence and I sincerely hope not. Potheads, from my experience, tend to stay pretty nonviolent most of the time.

Missouri Professor Busted For Grow Op After Facebook Threat