Sunday, December 29, 2013

Marijuana Deaths



Washington, D.C.'s strict medical marijuana law keeps demand low




WASHINGTON — The tidy Takoma Wellness Center, one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries to open in the nation's capital, has a quaint reception area furnished with black leather chairs, plants and artwork. On the front desk are a pile of business cards and a sign-in sheet.

In the back, shelves are stocked with the latest marijuana accessories: pipes, cookbooks, even a machine that mixes the drug into butter or oil for cooking.

All that's missing are more patients.

Since opening this summer, the three Washington, D.C.-based marijuana dispensaries have served a total of 111 patients in a district with about 600,000 residents. That's about 100 times fewer patients, on a per capita basis, than states such as California or Oregon, where the drug can also be legally used to alleviate illnesses.

Not surprisingly, all three of the dispensaries say they are losing money.

"I think there was a general expectation that the numbers would be higher," Jeffrey Kahn, owner of Takoma Wellness Center, said in an interview.

The low numbers reflect a medical marijuana program that is considered the most restrictive in the nation. Patients can get prescriptions only from doctors with whom they have had an ongoing relationship, and only if they suffer from one of four conditions: HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer or severe muscle spasms, such as those caused by multiple sclerosis. Although just three dispensaries have opened, the law allows up to five.

To even visit one, patients must register with the health department, make an appointment and show a district-issued ID card before passing through security.

That's a stark contrast from California, where patient registration is voluntary, doctors use their own judgment to determine whether medical pot can relieve an ailment, and some dispensaries are located just steps from the beach or deliver to a patient's door. In other states, the list of qualifying conditions is longer. A law passed in Illinois this year included 30 ailments.

"They deliberately have the most buttoned-down laws in the country," said Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at UCLA. He said the district's strict rollout of medical marijuana reflected a desire by local officials "to keep the feds calm."

For more than a decade, D.C. officials struggled to make medical marijuana available to their residents. In 1998, 69% of district voters approved a medical marijuana initiative.

But such efforts were routinely overruled by conservative members of Congress, who wield unusual influence over the district's laws.

After the 1998 ballot measure, then-Rep. Bob Barr, a Republican from Georgia, amended the district's budget to keep money from being spent on the program, effectively blocking it.

But changing attitudes from Congress, as well as from the Justice Department, have opened the door for the district to quietly begin its medical marijuana program.

Even Barr, who left office in 2003, reversed his position after aligning with libertarians. His newfound opposition to government intrusion led him to lobby Congress in 2007 on behalf of the Marijuana Policy Project, a nonprofit advocacy group that supports legalization, to remove his own amendment. (He is now running for Congress again as a Republican in Georgia's 11th District.)
The Barr amendment was removed in 2009, and medical marijuana became legal in the district in 2010, drawing little notice from Congress.

By that time, medical cannabis was legal in 14 states. Even when Colorado and Washington state passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana use last year, Congress said "nothing. Not a whisper," said Kleiman, who advised Washington state officials on how to set up their legal marijuana program.
The Justice Department subsequently said it would not challenge the legalization programs as long as they were well-regulated. Continue Reading...

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Retail marijuana almost here

(Telluride News) No one knows how many people will queue up to buy retail marijuana when it becomes available across Colorado on Wednesday, but one thing is certain: Telluride’s shops will be open for business.

All three of the town’s marijuana dispensaries plan to open their doors to those 21 and older on Wednesday (Jan. 1) for retail sales, and are bracing for big crowds. It will be the first time in history that fully taxed and regulated marijuana will be available to the general public. And as any state dispensary owner will testify, Colorado’s marijuana industry is heavily regulated. As of Thursday, dispensary owners were working to finish the many regulatory hoops that they had to jump through to sell retail pot.

“Yes, it’s been one of those paper-pushing nightmares,” said Adam Raleigh, owner of Telluride Bud Company. “But it’s going to be a bum rush, it’s going to be a novelty. I’ve got emails this last week from people driving in from California, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming and you know, New Mexico — coming in just to be here for Jan. 1, to be a part of history.”

Over the past several months, local dispensary owners have been working through the hurdles necessary to sell retail marijuana and fielding hundreds of phone calls from potential customers. Greg Viditz-Ward, owner of the Green Room, said he has been getting all types of inquiries about what will be on sale on Wednesday and how much there will be.



“We’re just in total chaos mode right now,” Viditz-Ward said. “I don’t know if the first is going to be our biggest day, but I think we’re going to have a lot of people here. Being that we’ve never done this before, it’s hard to say. We probably get a dozen people calling in daily from all over the country saying they are booking their trip. And I hear the hotel bookings are up, so that’s good.”

Beginning on Jan. 1, the state will allow retail shops to be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. (Only existing medical marijuana dispensary owners in the state were allowed to transition to pot shops by the Jan. 1 date, though they had to do so under state and local rules. New retail establishments are expected to open later in 2014.)

Locally, all three of Telluride’s dispensaries are making the transition. Though each dispensary has its own schedule, all plan to be open by mid morning on Wednesday. Continue Reading...

Friday, December 27, 2013

Unwise wise man had frankincense, myrrh and marijuana

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Police in South Carolina said a man with the frankincense and myrrh of a wise man was also unwisely carrying marijuana in his car.
 
Myrtle Beach police said Alain Cassagnol, 19, was clocked driving his Mercedes-Benz 103 mph in a 45 mph zone around 12:30 a.m. Monday in Myrtle Beach, the Smoking Gun website reported Thursday.

Cassagnol was ordered out of his car and officers detected a "strong odor of marijuana emitting from his person."

Officers said Cassagnol acknowledged he was carrying marijuana in his pants, and they discovered a baggie containing about .2 ounces of cannabis near his groin.

Police said they also found a frankincense and myrrh incense spray in the car known by the brand name, "Blunt Block." It is marketed as a means to mask the odor of marijuana smoke.

Cassagnol was booked into the Horry County jail with bond set at $649.


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http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2013/12/26/Police-Unwise-wise-man-had-frankincense-myrrh-and-marijuana/UPI-78471388083410/

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Colorado resorts prepare for marijuana tourism

(9news.com) FORT COLLINS - Colorado's ski resorts and mountain towns are bracing for an influx of tourists seeking a now-legal Rocky Mountain high.

Last year, the state legalized the possession and use of small amounts of recreational marijuana, and on Jan. 1 special stores will be allowed to sell pot to anyone 21 and over. Voters had previously approved a medical marijuana system, but last fall's vote threw the doors wide open by requiring state officials to regulate pot like alcohol.

With several companies offering marijuana tours - sightseeing tours of the state's high country, with marijuana supplied - police and ski area operators worry that tourists who don't understand the rules will be sparking up on the slopes.

"We're delving into truly uncharted territory here," said Summit County Sheriff John Minor, whose jurisdiction covers the Arapahoe Basin, Keystone and Breckenridge ski areas. "We do have this misperception in Summit County where people have smoked in public, been charged, and were under the perception that it's a free-for-all."

Under the law, marijuana may be smoked by adults but only in private. But exactly what "private" means is still the subject of debate. Minor says a private vehicle on a public road, for example, is considered "in public."

Marijuana tour operator Timothy Vee of Colorado High Life Tours says to get around those rules, his drivers sometimes pull into a parking lot, allowing tour guests to partake of the pot he offers. Under current law, it's legal to give another adult marijuana as long as there's no direct payment for it. Vee and other operators charge people to rent the limo and driver and say the pot, snacks and soda are free.

For $1,200 a day, tourists can rent a chauffeured minibus from Vee to pick them up at their hotel and drive them to the slopes while they use marijuana during the ride. Continue Reading...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Denver decriminalizes marijuana for young adults



Young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 are getting a break in Denver. City Council recently decriminalized possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for young adults.

Last week the Denver City Council passed a measure to decriminalize marijuana possession of up to an ounce for those between 18 and 21. This action gives related petty non-violent offenders a second chance, and helps continue to cut down on overall crime in Colorado.

The penalty now for possessing an ounce or less is $150 for a first offense, $500 for a second offense and $999 for every offense after. Individuals possessing still must be at least 1,000 feet from schools.
Prior to the measure, Violators faced steep fines, probation and up to a year in jail.

The world is indeed taking it's progressive steps towards common sense marijuana laws.

Alex 'DJ' Webb

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Monday, December 23, 2013

Obamacare stamped heroin seized



Police in western Massachusetts arrested four people after they discover over a thousand packets of heroin stamped with the words “Obamacare” and “Kurt Cobain.”

State police in Hatfield, Massachusetts report arresting four individuals with possession of large amounts of heroin during a traffic stop.

A trooper was alerted to their car while on a traffic stop in Northampton. The car passed the trooper on Route 91 and he noticed several violations. He was able to catch up and discovered the driver is not licensed and is acting suspicious. That's when the trooper brought out his K9.

The state police K9 found 1,250 bags of heroin Continue Reading...

Friday, December 20, 2013

Marijuana Funny


Arizona patients consume over 5000lbs of marijuana last year

Arizona's medical marijuana act is still young, but patients are proving there is a medical market. In the past year Arizona patients have consumed about 5,279 pounds of medical cannabis. That's over 2.5 tons sold in a state with a newer and shaky program.

The Phoenix New Times received the report after a request and reported the findings. The report was calculated from December 6th 2012, the opening of Arizona's first state-authorized dispensary Arizona Organix, to December 9th 2013.

There was a reported total of 84,456 ounces sold legally with in that time, and a total of 376,231 transactions Continue Reading...

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Former Anti-Drug, U.S. Attorney Supports Medical Marijuana

(New Times) On the list of people we'd probably never expect to come out in support of the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act, we'd probably put an anti-drug crusader U.S. Attorney who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan somewhere near the top of the list.

However, we've seen that man, A. Melvin McDonald, all over the place in the past couple of weeks, giving a glowing review of medical marijuana.

 McDonald, an attorney for the Phoenix law firm Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, has said that fighting the drug war was the "top priority" for the U.S. Attorney's Office when he was appointed by Reagan. Before that, he was previously a prosecutor for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, and was also a Maricopa County Superior Court judge.

Now -- especially as Republican state Representative John Kavanagh is trying to get voters to repeal the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act -- we noticed that someone's paying for an online advertisement that links to a video of McDonald explaining why he supports medical marijuana. Continue Reading...


Friday, December 13, 2013

Budz




We must stop synthetic marijuana



DENVER (AP) — Synthetic marijuana is believed to have sickened 221 people in Colorado during a monthlong outbreak this year, according to a federal report released Thursday.

The report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is based on a joint investigation with state health officials launched after Colorado hospitals started seeing an increase in emergency room visits by people who had used synthetic pot in late August.

Investigators found two new variants of synthetic marijuana in Colorado, ADBICA and ADB-PINACA, the latter of which was linked to a similar outbreak in Georgia in August. State health officials and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are trying to determine whether the strains contributed to the illnesses.

While real marijuana is legal in Colorado, synthetic marijuana — dried plant material sprayed with synthetic cannabinoids — is illegal. Other states and the federal government have also attempted to ban it, but regulators have had a hard time keeping up with its latest chemical makeup. Synthetic pot, which first appeared in the United States in 2009, is also referred to as "spice" and sold under a variety of brand names in colorful wrappers. Continue Reading...

Marijuana Funny


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Arizona Marijuana Legalization Bill Being Proposed

(azmarijuana.com)  Phoenix Democrat and Assistant House Minority Leader Ruben Gallego announced his plan to introduce a marijuana legalization bill during the next legislative session.

Gallego stated he is working on a bill “that would regulate and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol.” He says the bill will allow anyone 21 years of age or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and have no more than five plants.

The bill would be similar to laws established in Colorado and Washington which have legalized marijuana for adult use.

A ban on smoking marijuana in public and regulations for the retail sale of marijuana will be proposed in the bill, along with an excise tax on sales, which will “distribute the tax proceeds to fund public education and treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse, with half of the money going to the state general fund.”

Gallego recently stated that “The issue of marijuana regulation is pragmatic. Regulating marijuana takes sales off the street and puts them in a controlled environment. Ultimately, this will help law enforcement, especially in times when resources are limited. About 750,000 Americans were arrested for marijuana-related offenses in 2012, and the majority of those arrests were simply for possession.

Law enforcement officers’ time and resources would be better spent addressing serious crimes, so that we are all safer. Additionally, we can use some of the money generated from the sales to pay for public education and treatment programs for alcohol and drug abuse.”

Safer Arizona is a group that is sponsoring an initiative to amend Arizona’s constitution to allow for legalized, taxed, and regulated Cannabis (marijuana and industrial hemp) use and commerce. The group needs to gather over 300,000 valid voters’ signatures by July 2014 to qualify for the November 2014 ballot.

The Marijuana Policy Project is also attempting to legalize marijuana in Arizona.

Original Story
http://azmarijuana.com/arizona-medical-marijuana-news/arizona-marijuana-legalization-bill-proposed/

Uruguay: First country to legalize marijuana

(Reuters) - Uruguay became the first country to legalize the growing, sale and smoking of marijuana on Tuesday, a pioneering social experiment that will be closely watched by other nations debating drug liberalization.

A government-sponsored bill approved by 16-13 votes in the Senate provides for regulation of the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana and is aimed at wresting the business from criminals in the small South American nation.

Backers of the law, some smoking joints, gathered near Congress holding green balloons, Jamaican flags in homage to Bob Marley and a sign saying: "Cultivating freedom, Uruguay grows."

Cannabis consumers will be able to buy a maximum of 40 grams (1.4 ounces) each month from licensed pharmacies as long as they are Uruguayan residents over the age of 18 and registered on a government database that will monitor their monthly purchases.

When the law is implemented in 120 days, Uruguayans will be able to grow six marijuana plants in their homes a year, or as much as 480 grams (about 17 ounces), and form smoking clubs of 15 to 45 members that can grow up to 99 plants per year.

Registered drug users should be able to start buying marijuana over the counter from licensed pharmacies in April.

"We begin a new experience in April. It involves a big cultural change that focuses on public health and the fight against drug trafficking," Uruguay's first lady, Senator Lucía Topolansky, told Reuters.

Uruguay's attempt to quell drug trafficking is being followed closely in Latin America where the legalization of some narcotics is being increasingly seen by regional leaders as a possible way to end the violence spawned by the cocaine trade.

Rich countries debating legalization of pot are also watching the bill, which philanthropist George Soros has supported as an "experiment" that could provide an alternative to the failed U.S.-led policies of the long "war on drugs."

The bill gives authorities 120 days to set up a drug control board that will regulate cultivation standards, fix the price and monitor consumption.

The use of marijuana is legal in Uruguay, a country of 3.3 million that is one of the most liberal in Latin America, but cultivation and sale of the drug are not.

Other countries have decriminalized marijuana possession and the Netherlands allows its sale in coffee shops, but Uruguay will be the first nation to legalize the whole chain from growing the plant to buying and selling its leaves.

Several countries such as Canada, the Netherlands and Israel have legal programs for growing medical cannabis but do not allow cultivation of marijuana for recreational use.

Last year, the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington passed ballot initiatives that legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana.

Uruguay's leftist president, Jose Mujica, defends his initiative as a bid to regulate and tax a market that already exists but is run by criminals. Continue Reading...

Marijuana Funny


Cannabis Queso

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Your party guests will scoop this delightful treat right up.  Cannabis Queso is a spicy and fun way to get to that spot you love so much.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, shredded (3 cups)
1 small onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
3 tablespoons tequila
Kosher salt
2 medium tomatoes—cored, seeded and cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 jalapeños, seeded and minced
1 tablespoon Cannabis Infused Olive Oil
Warm corn tortillas or corn chips, for serving

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the diced tomatoes, minced jalapeños, diced onion and a large pinch of salt and cook over moderately high heat, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Pour in the tequila and cook, stirring frequently, until the skillet looks nearly dry, about 2 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to low. Add the cheese and cook, stirring constantly, until fully melted, about 30 seconds. Quickly transfer the queso fundido to a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve immediately, with tortillas or chips.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

B.C. pot advocate's petition to decriminalize marijuana comes up short

Canada.com - VICTORIA - Marijuana activist Dana Larsen says while a petition campaign to decriminalize pot fell short, it sparked a buzz across British Columbia and he's planning to fire up a second drive soon.

Larsen said Monday his bid to use B.C.'s direct democracy laws to either prompt a vote in the provincial legislature or set off a non-binding referendum needed about 100,000 more signatures. But he promised to launch a second petition before the next federal election in 2015.

Larsen's Sensible BC tour group arrived at Elections BC in its so-called "Cannabus," with "Light My Fire" by The Doors blaring in the background.

"This represents a lot of hard work from a lot of people, working many, many hours. This is over 200,000 signatures here, many tens-of-thousands of hours of volunteer labour from canvassers all across the province working on this important campaign."

The campaign proposed a law that would prevent police from enforcing simple marijuana possession laws.

"We do not have enough to trigger a referendum, but I think this is a remarkable achievement," Larson told a small group of supporters and the media.

Members of the group then carted eight file boxes of gathered signatures into the Elections BC office.
Under the Recall and Initiative Act, the signatures of at least 10 per cent of registered voters in each of the province's 85 electoral districts are required to prompt a vote in the legislature or a non-binding referendum. Larsen needed to collect slightly more than 300,000 signatures by Monday's deadline.

"I feel pretty good overall with what we've accomplished here," said Larsen. "Getting 210,000 signatures with an army of volunteers in 90 days is quite an accomplishment. Our referendum system in B.C. is brutally difficult to get on the ballot."

He said his petition would have succeeded in Washington or Oregon where the sign-up period is longer, fewer signatures are required and the disclosure rules about where potential voters live are not as strict.

Several former B.C. politicians have thrown their support behind the decriminalization of marijuana, and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has been outspoken about his support for legalization, taxation and regulation of pot.

The Liberal government in B.C. has largely avoided marijuana reform, saying drug laws are in the federal government's jurisdiction.

Larson is urging Premier Christy Clark to push the issue, saying those signatures give the government the mandate to act.

"We have the power to decriminalize possession as a province and there's certainly plenty of issues Continue Reading...

Monday, December 9, 2013

Marijuana arrests drop 65 percent

The number of people jailed for marijuana crimes is down 65 percent in Larimer County one year after Coloradans voted to legalize it.

A pro-legalization campaign in the 2012 election advocated to “regulate marijuana like alcohol,” and that largely appears to be happening.


Pot remains illegal under federal law, and the sale of nonmedical marijuana continues to be a crime until the first stores begin opening in early 2014. Even so, fewer pot dealers are getting busted.


“It’s more of a licensing issue than it is a criminal violation, from where we’re seeing it,” said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith. “Trying to prosecute any of the violations that weren’t massive has not been a good use of resources.”


He said his investigative unit — the one that made headlines the past several years for busting marijuana grows across the county — will often find marijuana at the scenes of other drug crimes, but resources and priorities have otherwise shifted mostly away from marijuana.


“The citizens have made it more legal,” he said. Continue Reading...

coloradoan.com

High court hears medical-marijuana case

Tallahassee’s political establishment has repeatedly blocked legislative votes on medical marijuana and will ask the Florida Supreme Court Thursday to follow suit and keep the issue away from state voters in 2014.

Led by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, opponents have raised a host of objections to the proposed state constitutional amendment, which they say could lead to de facto “unfettered” marijuana legalization under the guise of compassionate medicine.

“The proposal hides the fact that the Amendment would make Florida one of the most lenient medical-marijuana states,” says Bondi’s initial court brief,

The amendment backers, People United for Medical Marijuana, say opponents are twisting the truth and preventing the sick from legally obtaining help.

“Any statement that the initiative would allow unfettered use of medical marijuana would itself be misleading to voters,” wrote People United’s lawyer, John Mills.

Mills accused Bondi and opponents of dressing up inaccurate campaign-trail talking points as technical legal arguments to keep Florida from being the 21st state to decriminalize marijuana for medical and other reasons.

For the past three years, medical marijuana bills have died in the Florida Legislature, where leaders wouldn’t even schedule a vote.

People United, a political committee, says it’s acting because the Legislature failed to. People United formed as a nonpartisan group, but partisan lines are forming behind the scenes.

The amendment’s opponents are mostly Republicans who back incumbent Gov. Rick Scott, an opponent. Its backers are Democrats who support Charlie Crist, a proponent of the amendment.
One early polling analysis suggested that medical marijuana — which enjoys bipartisan support and garnered 82 percent approval in a recent poll — could affect the 2014 governor’s race, but pollsters from both parties suggest its impact would be minimal.

Even if the Supreme Court allows the proposal to proceed to the November ballot, amendment sponsors will still need to gather 683,149 voter-signatures by Feb. 1. People United says it has about 500,000 signed petitions, fewer than half of which have been verified.

To pass, an amendment needs 60 percent voter support, a significant challenge.

During oral arguments Thursday, the state Supreme Court justices will focus on whether the proposed amendment limits itself to one subject, is clear and whether its ballot title or 75-word ballot summary are misleading.

The ballot summary’s language has drawn the most criticism. It says medical marijuana would be reserved for those who suffer from “debilitating diseases.”

But the language is open to wide interpretation, says Bondi’s court briefs, which are echoed by filings from state House and Senate leaders, an anti-drug group and powerful lobbies that include the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Medical Association and the associations representing police chiefs and sheriffs.  Continue Reading....

Medical Marijuana Butter (Cannabutter)

Quick and Easy Marijuana Butter or (Cannabutter)
The great thing about this cannabutter is that it can be used in such a wide variety of recipes. Many great recipes call for butter or oil and cannabutter can be replaced with both. Marijuana Recipe, Pot brownies
 
To prepare and make cannabutter you will need:
1 pound of butter ( salted or unsalted )
1 to 2 ounces of marijuana ( leaves & trimmings )
Or
1 quarter ounce of marijuana (buds)
1 fairly fine strainer ( or screen, pantyhose)
1 large cooking pot (crock-pot or electric skillet)
1 gallon of water
Put the water into the cooking pot and add the marijuana. Cook the concoction until it is simmering, then add the butter (cutting it into pieces first).

Simmer in the pot for 2 - 3 hours, and wait until most all of the water evaporates, while you stir it on occasion
(This process will create quite a strong aroma of marijuana. Remember to cook the cannabutter while you are not expecting company.)

Let the concoction cool for 30 minutes to an hour, then strain all of the contents of the pot into a bowl and place it in refrigerator.
(Depending on your preference, the contents of the pot can be strained  several times. Each additional straining produces a finer and higher grade of cannabutter )

When the strained mixture is cold and mostly in a solid form ( 30 - 60 minutes ), then remove the cannabutter from the refrigerator and pour the remaining water off of the top, thus leaving the butter intact and whole. Put the cannabutter in the microwave for roughly 30 - 60 seconds, until the cannabutter is soft enough to move into a storage container.

Keep the cannabutter stored in the refrigerator for a month or so or you can keep it longer if you freeze it.

* This recipe makes 1 to 1 & 1/2 cups of fantastic cannabutter.

 http://www.coloradomedicalmarijuana.com

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Morocco considers legalizing marijuana

RABAT, Morocco, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Moroccan lawmakers said they are considering legislation to make marijuana legal for medical and industrial purposes.
 
Lawmakers are scheduled to meet Wednesday to debate the possibility of allowing the legal cultivation of marijuana, or "kif" as it is known locally, Middle East Online reported Tuesday.

"We are organizing a research day in Parliament on Wednesday, on the use of medical kif, with Moroccan and international experts present," said Mehdi Bensaid, a member of the Party of Authenticity and Modernity.

"The idea is to start a debate on that, to see what others' experiences in this field can tell us, looking at controlled rather than total legalization," he added.

Among those to testify are two Swiss specialists.

Those supporting the possible legislation said it would boost the economy in the Rif Mountains where marijuana is grown. An estimated 90,000 households and 760,000 Moroccans depend on marijuana production, the Middle East Online said.

Source  http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2013/12/03/Morocco-mulls-legalizing-marijuana/UPI-58741386082260/

Pot clinic owner now mayor of California city

SEBASTOPOL, Calif.—A medical marijuana dispensary owner is riding high after being named mayor of a Northern California city. 


Sebastopol's City Council selected 36-year-old Robert Jacob as mayor earlier this week. Jacob runs two pot clinics in Sonoma County and officials believe he's the first dispensary owner in the nation to serve as a mayor.

Jacob has been on the City Council for two years, and most recently was vice mayor. He's worked to create statewide dispensary regulations.

Americans for Safe Access, which advocates for safe and legal access to therapeutic cannabis, called Jacob's selection as mayor historic and unprecedented.

 mercurynews.com
The Associated Press

Friday, December 6, 2013

Woman finds blunt roach in cheeseburger

November 1 was bad day for Atlanta's Amy Seiber. After waking up and heading to her job at Wendy's to flip burgers all day, she realized that the half-blunt she had saved for herself had gone missing.

That's bad, but not the really bad part. The bad part is that her blunt was a few miles away in the kitchen of some fast-food junkie ready to scarf down her quarter-pounder with chee'. More specifically: inside the bun of said quarter-pounder with chee.

The irate customer called Lovejoy, Georgia police and told them about the roach and asked if the cops would meet the customer back at the restaurant. It's not clear if they were more upset about the blunt or that Wendy's fucked up their cheeseburger order (again!).

Cops showed up to the Wendy's, where they were met in the lobby by the manager. By the time Seiber looked up and saw the 5-0, she realized what had happened and came clean immediately. She apologized to everyone involved, but was nevertheless fired likely at the same time as the cops were arresting her for marijuana possession. At least she was honest. Continue Reading...

By William Breathes in Say what?

Budz



Medical Marijuana Banana Bread



This is a favorite amongst my friends and we usually use it for morning medication. Be sure to use ripe bananas with black spots on the peel. The prep time is usually 13 minutes and the bake time is usually around one hour an twenty five minutes. This recipe will make one loaf of marijuana banana bread.

To prepare and make Marijuana Banana Bread you will need:
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
10 tablespoons of Cannabutter (see recipe for cannabutter above)
1 cup of sugar
2 cups of flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas (with black spots on the peel)
½ cup of sour cream
2 Large eggs
Preheat the oven to 350 F and adjust the rack to the lower middle level. Grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan with more cannabutter. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set it aside.

Cream the cannabutter and sugar in a large bowl with a hand held or preferably a electric mixer until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Then, Beat in the eggs one at a time. Beat in the vanilla, bananas and sour cream until well mixed. Gradually add the flour to the wet mixture and stir until it is well mixed.

Transfer the batter to the pan (that has been greased with cannabutter and bake for about an hour or until you can place a knife in the loaf and nothing sticks to the knife. Cool the loaf for about 15 minutes in the pan, then turn the loaf out of the pan to cool completely.

Important Disclosure:
*Please remember that when you cook with medical marijuana you are cooking with a drug and the amounts and sizes of the drug and portions of the food ingested should always be taken into consideration. Always start out with small portions or doses and wait 30 minutes to an hour before eating any additional portions of medical marijuana foods.*


http://www.coloradomedicalmarijuana.com

Thursday, December 5, 2013

2013 Marijuana States


Marijuana MONSTER Cookies


Ingredients

1 stick (1/2 cup, 115 g) of Mary Jane Baker's Cannabutter, softened
3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1 (12-ounce) jar of peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon baking soda
4 1/2 cup quick-cooking oatmeal (not instant)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup multi-colored chocolate candies 
1/4 cup raisins (optional)  


Easy Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line your cookie sheet(s) with parchment paper.

Combine the eggs and sugars in a giant mixing bowl, and mix well.  Now throw in the salt, vanilla, peanut butter, and the softened Cannabutter.  Keep mixing.  Add the remaining ingredients: baking soda, oatmeal, chocolate chips, candies, and raisins. Make sure everything is thoroughly incorporated before tablespoon-dropping balls of cookie dough 2 inches apart onto the lined cookie sheet(s).

Bake for 8-10 minutes, watch closely, and do NOT overbake!  

When done, remove cookies from oven and let stand for about 3 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.  

Makes approximately 36 Marijuana MONSTER Cookies per batch!  Enjoy!

 http://cannabis-kitchen.blogspot.com/

Mom Recounts Using Medical Marijuana To Treat Her Son's Epilepsy

For nine years, Heather Jackson's son Zaki basically lived as a toddler. Zaki's epilepsy caused nearly nonstop seizures, rendering him incontinent and totally dependent on his mother. Today, his health has taken a complete turn for the better, thanks to an elixir called Charlotte's Web.

That's the name of a strain of medical marijuana being used to treat children with epilepsy. Jackson turned to the marijuana oil out of "sheer necessity" after countless attempts to help her son -- which included 17 pharmaceuticals, craniosacral therapy and chiropractic adjustments, among others -- failed to make a difference.

Zaki's seizures started when he was 4 months old and completely took over his life.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A post from the Obamacare website page.

A post from the Obamacare website page.

"I actually made it through this morning at 8:00 A.M. I have a preexisting condition (Type 1 Diabetes) and my income base was 45K-55K annually I chose tier 2 "Silver Plan" and my monthly premiums came out to $597.00 with $13,988 yearly deductible!!! There is NO POSSIBLE way that I can afford this so I "opt-out" and chose to continue along with no insurance. I received an email tonight at 5:00 P.M. informing me that my fine would be $4,037 and could be attached to my yearly income tax return. Then you make it to the "REPERCUSSIONS PORTION" for "non-payment" of yearly fine. First, your drivers license will be suspended until paid, and if you go 24 consecutive months with "Non-Payment" and you happen to be a home owner, you will have a federal tax lien placed on your home. You can agree to give your bank information so that they can easy "Automatically withdraw" your "penalties" weekly, bi-weekly or monthly! This by no means is "Free" or even "Affordable