THCFinder - Marijuana Blog http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Five Crazy Marijuana Moments Of 2014 http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/five-crazy-marijuana-moments-of-2014 <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="5-crazy-marijuana-moments" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/5-crazy-marijuana-moments.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 228px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></div> <div> This year has been a big one for the marijuana community but some of the things that have happened this year have made us stop and just say &ldquo;Wait&hellip; What?&rdquo; Legalization happened in Oregon and Alaska, as well as the almost passing for medical marijuana in Florida. Personal legalization passed in Washington DC and South Portland, Maine, as well as decriminalization in two New Mexico counties and six Michigan cities. According to High Times, these five moments in the year 2014, were some of the most ridiculous of the year.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;Marijuana Legalization = Filthy Toilets&rdquo;</div> <div> &ldquo;Wonder of wonders, Lowe&rsquo;s doesn&rsquo;t want people acutely or sub-acutely under the influence of marijuana operating forklift, using circular saw, cutting ceramic tiles, driving company trucks - or cleaning it&rsquo;s toilets!&rdquo; This quote came from Christine Tatum, the wife of Dr. Christian Thurstone, who is a board member with the anti-legalization group Project SAM as well as a Denver based rehab entrepreneur. Tatum was complaining about terrible customer service at Lowe&rsquo;s when a manager told her that they were understaffed because too few people were able to pass the pre-employment drug screen tests. No surprise, as more people than ever smoke marijuana these days. And just for the record, when Tatum said &ldquo;sub-acutely&rdquo;, she was referring to people under the influence of THC-COOH, marijuana&rsquo;s non impairing metabolite that hangs out in your system for days after you smoke. Basicallly, Tatum was saying that someone who smoked weed on Friday wouldn&rsquo;t be able to comprehend work on Monday because they&rsquo;re too high.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Using marijuana will make your brain stop working.</div> <div> When Dr. Stuart Gitlow claimed that using marijuana before the age of 25 would make your brain cease function, the marijuana community was shocked. Gitlow also stated that marijuana has no recorded history, saying &ldquo;Will you die young, as with tobacco? We&rsquo;ll have to wait a generation to find out, just as we didm with tobacco. Our children will be guinea pigs.&rdquo; Cheech and Chong have been smoking for years and they&rsquo;re still alive and healthy, even for their age. But you know, guinea pigs.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;Using marijuana will turn you in to an Islamic terrorist&rdquo;</div> <div> Author of Accuracy In Media, Cliff Kincaid, wrote about &ldquo;black thug&rdquo; Michael Bwon and &ldquo;black juvenile delinquent&rdquo; Trayvon Martin to demonstrate how marijuana turns normal people in to crazy criminals. Kincaid clearly hasn&rsquo;t even smoked marijuana because if he had, he would know that the effects are completely the opposite than what he expects. But his best example of how weed makes you wacky is when he referred to a Canadian man who was a pothead that joined the infamous ISIS group and the Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who &ldquo;was not only a dope smoker but a dealer&rdquo;.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;It may be too early to draw a direct connection between jihad, marijuana, and mass murder,&rdquo; writes Kincaid. &ldquo;Bit it is worth considering whether consumption of the drug can alter the mind to such an extent that jihad becomes appealing to some mentally unstable individuals.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Marijuana&rsquo;s not less dangerous as meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin.</div> <div> If you haven&rsquo;t seen the epic video of Michele Leonhart, head of the DEA, getting grilled by Jared Polis and Steve Cohen, you should be looking it up right now. This video is epic in the fact that Leonhart doesn&rsquo;t have any idea what to say when Pollis asks her questions about marijuana. The woman embarrasses herself even more when Cohen questions her, as seen below.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Polis: Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Leonhart: I believe all illegal drugs are bad.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Polis: Is methamphetamine worse for somebody&rsquo;s health than marijuana?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Leonhart: I don&rsquo;t think any illegal drug is good.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Polis: (Slightly cutting off Leonhart) Is heroin worse for someone&rsquo;s health than marijuana?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Leonhart: Again, all drugs&hellip;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Polis: (Cutting off Leonhart) It&rsquo;s either &lsquo;yes,&rsquo; &lsquo;no,&rsquo; or &lsquo;I don&rsquo;t know.&rsquo; &nbsp;If you don&rsquo;t know you can look this up. &nbsp;You should know as the Chief administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency. &nbsp;Is heroin worse for someone&rsquo;s health than marijuana?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Cohen: Would you agree that marijuana causes less harm to individuals than meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin?&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Leonhart: As a former police officer, as a 32-year DEA agent, I can tell you that I think marijuana is an insidious drug.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Cohen: That&rsquo;s not the question I asked you ma&rsquo;am. &nbsp;Does [marijuana] cause less damage to the American society and to individuals than meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin? &nbsp;Does it make people have to kill to get their fix?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Leonhart: I can tell you that more teens enter treatment for&hellip;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Cohen: (Cutting off Leonhart) Can you answer my question?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;Marijuana Killed Five Infants In Colorado&rdquo;</div> <div> Dr. Ronald Schwerzler is the medical director of Serenity Lane, a chain of rehabilitation centers. He was called on by the No on 91 campaign to be a medical advisor during a televised debate over the marijuana legalization measure. Much to the dismay of the No on 91 members, Schwerzler uttered some serious craziness while on TV.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s just concentrate on those marijuana edibles. There have been five infant children deaths in Colorado that have picked up these drugs - from gummy bears to fruity pebbles - five young infants have died. Now if that&rsquo;s not catastrophic, I don&rsquo;t know what is.&rdquo; But the audience had something else to say, erupting in angry protest as soon as Scwerzler uttered those words. &ldquo;Lies! Where&rsquo;s your source?&rdquo; When someone shouted &ldquo;Not true!&rdquo;, he replied &ldquo;Yeah it is.&rdquo; The doctor later issued a retraction statement to a local newspaper.</div> Banana Kush (Indica) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/banana-kush-indica-1 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-kush-indica-weed" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_1.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 337px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_2.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-kush-weed-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_2.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 124px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_5.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-kush-weed-3" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_5.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 114px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_4.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-kush-weed-5" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_4.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/indica/banana_kush" target="_blank">Banana Kush - Indica</a></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">With genetics like Banana and the enormously legendary OG Kush, this strain is sure to be potent. With a THC content between 18% and 20%, Banana Kush not only packs a serious punch, but is arguably the best tasting California cannabis available. It is a favorite among dispensaries mostly in Southern California, but has recently expanded to be found in dispensaries throughout the state. This bud is one of those strains that tastes exactly how it smells, particularly when vaporized.</span></p> Nebraska And Oklahoma Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/nebraska-and-oklahoma-sue-colorado-over-marijuana-legalization <div> <img alt="nebraska-and-oklahoma-sue-co" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/nebraska-and-ok-sue-colorado-over-mj-legalization.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 158px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />Today, Nebraska and Oklahoma sued the state of Colorado over its marijuana legalization law, saying the law has created an increased law enforcement burden in neighboring states. The suit, filed by Nebraska Attorney General John Bruning and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, claims federal marijuana prohibition preempts Colorado&rsquo;s law. Colorado voters decisively adopted Amendment 64 in 2012.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Statement from Tamar Todd, Director, Marijuana Law and Policy, Drug Policy Alliance:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;This is a misguided effort to undo cautious and effective state-level regulation of marijuana and to undermine the will of the voters and legislators who enacted it. &nbsp;Today&rsquo;s action isn&rsquo;t just a challenge to Colorado but to the ability and authority of all states to regulate and control marijuana within their borders as they see fit. It implicates the four states that have adopted ballot initiatives by decisive margins to tax and regulate marijuana for adults as well as the 34 states that have adopted laws to regulate medical marijuana.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;The Federal government itself has not challenged the regulatory law in Colorado nor did they choose to interfere with its implementation. To the contrary, the government has deprioritized enforcement of state-level marijuana reforms and acknowledged the interests that both states and the Federal government have in openly regulating marijuana. And just this past week, a historic vote in Congress barred the use of federal resources from interfering with state medical marijuana programs. Today&rsquo;s action is nothing more than an effort to cling to the failed policies of the war on drugs and interfere with a new common sense, less harmful approach to marijuana.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/nebraska-and-oklahoma-sue-colorado-over-marijuana-legalization/" target="_blank">http://www.theweedblog.com/nebraska-and-oklahoma-sue-colorado-over-marijuana-legalization/</a></div> Ace of Spades (Hybrid) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/ace-of-spades-hybrid-1 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/47912_108_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="ace-of-spades-hyrbid" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/47912_108_1.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 449px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="as-1" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_1.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 338px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="as-3" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_0.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 284px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_2.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="as-4" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_2.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 299px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/hybrid/ace_of_spades" target="_blank">Ace of Spades - Hybrid</a></span></span></strong></p> New Marijuana Survey Has Interesting Results http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/new-marijuana-survey-has-interesting-results <div> <img alt="mj-survey" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/marijuana-survey.png" style="width: 280px; height: 170px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />The most common argument against marijuana legalization is the fact that people driving will be more likely to hit something or someone if they smoke and drive. More than 10% of Washington drivers have admitted to using cannabis within two hours of driving at some point over the past year. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission did roadside surveys over the summer and the results have finally been released showing that a quarter of those who drove after using cannabis believe that it actually makes them better drivers, with only 3% saying that it impaired their abilities behind the wheel.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The results were released on Monday by the Pacific Institute of Research, a non-profit organization that researches and provides assistance to states and communities on health related issues and concerns. Surveys like this are part of an ongoing effort to see how impaired drivers function after the opening of recreational weed shops last July. The first of the two followup surveys, one that was set up to measure attitudes and impaired driving, was completed recently.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There were 926 drivers that were interviewed as part of the study conducted in June. The survey involved asking randomly selected drivers to volunteer information about their driving and drug use. In return for a stipend of up to $60, some drivers even blew in to breath testing machines and gave blood so that there could be tests done for alcohol, marijuana, over the counter meds, prescription, and other drugs. Thirty eight drivers declined to answer any of the questions but 888 drivers were willing to talk, with almost 70% saying that they had used cannabis at least once in their lives, with 220 says that they had used it in the past year.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Of those that used cannabis in the past year, 97 said that they drove within two hours of using cannabis and 24 said that it did indeed impair their driving. Only three of those who admitted that using cannabis before driving actually said that the plant made their driving worse. While a surprising number of drivers said that cannabis made them a safer driver, 40% said that they were &ldquo;very likely&rdquo; to be arrested for impaired driving.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Since the holiday season is coming, the traffic safety commission announced that police would be stepping up their patrols in order to look for drivers that may be impaired this holiday. If you are out smoking and driving, be sure that you are driving safe and are careful of yourself and other drivers. The stepped up enforcement of road laws will go back to normal on January 1st, 2015.&nbsp;</div> Georgia Looks At Pro Marijuana Bills http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/georgia-looks-at-pro-marijuana-bills <div> <img alt="georgia-marijuana" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/georgia-mmj.png" style="width: 280px; height: 181px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />Earlier this year, Georgia tried to pass a CBD bill that would allow patients access to this healing medicine. The bill died a sudden death but advocates are hoping that a similar bill will have more success come 2015. With election season over, there are two state legislators that have turned their eyes to cannabis reform in Georgia state.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The first bill that will be presented is quite restrictive. Rep. Allen Peake is at the head of this one. It aims for CBD only legislation and not expansive medical or retail marijuana. As for the second bill, it is led by Senator Curt Thompson. This bill proposes all out legalization and is more unlikely but still being presented. Peake&rsquo;s bill appears likely to make legislative rounds and while it&rsquo;s a small step, it would be a step in the right direction.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Allen Peake had this to say about HB-1; &quot;We had two missions, really, since the end of last session. Very simply, bring Georgia families back home &mdash; those families who have become medical refugees to seek cannabis oil in other states. Secondly, we want to establish a safe, legal, effective and timely regulatory structure in Georgia for the growing, processing and dispensing of cannabis oil. We have to find a solution inside our own borders. There are certain parameters crucial to that. It&rsquo;s medical cannabis oil. It&rsquo;s in a non-smokable form. It has a low enough amount of THC to be effective but can&rsquo;t get you high. We want to follow the guidelines Gov. Deal has said he would (need) to consider any medical marijuana bill: Is it safe? Is it legal? And is it recommended by doctors and supervised by doctors?&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Even though the bill doesn&rsquo;t actually go for the full legalization of cannabis or even medical cannabis, it would definitely improve the quality of life for some children and other patients that need the healing help of CBD in order to live normally. Most states, however, that have passed a CBD related bill don&rsquo;t allow for a place to produce or obtain the CBD medicine. Peake at least acknowledges this issue and has ideas on how to get the system moving. But like most CBD bills, it is expected to have a high fail rate in the long run.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> And while Thompson&rsquo;s bill is more unlikely to pass, the statement that he made about it is on point; &quot;SR 6 puts the discussion of retail marijuana regulation and taxation on the table. We have an opportunity in Georgia to regulate sales and make available another revenue stream without raising existing taxes. Several states have approved this option, and the revenue generated is so large, tax rebates to citizens are being considered. Legalizing and regulating marijuana also allows us to reduce the strain on our public safety system and jails.In 2010, for example, marijuana possession arrests accounted for over 65 percent of drug arrests in Georgia. There were over 32,000 arrests for marijuana possession in that year alone. Legalizing and regulating marijuana would free up law enforcement to focus on more dangerous drugs and save taxpayers money by significantly reducing the number of people in our state&rsquo;s prisons and jails.&rdquo;</div> Why Parents With Epileptic Children Turn To Cannabis http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/why-parents-with-epileptic-children-turn-to-cannabis <div> <img alt="turning-to-cannabis" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/cannabis-shown-to-help-children-in-need.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 150px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />Parents who have children that suffer from epilepsy go through a lot of pain for their children. Even though the child is the one who has the seizures, the parents have to be the ones making the choice to give their child extremely strong medicines, some of which have no known long term effects and have serious side effects that make the child&rsquo;s life that much more difficult. Bonni Goldstein, MD, medical director at Canna-Centers, a group of medical marijuana practices in California, prescribes some of her patients cannabidol. Cannabidol is a compound extracted from marijuana.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Goldstein always makes sure to explain cannabidol in depth when giving it to children who have epilepsy. &ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t available 30 years ago,&rdquo; she tells them. &ldquo;Yet every single parent has said to me &lsquo;Well I don&rsquo;t know the long term side effects of the medications my child is taking and the seizures haven&rsquo;t stopped. I&rsquo;d like to give my child the best chance possible.&rdquo; Parents without fail pick to use the CBD treatment on their children. Many have even come to Goldstein specifically for cannabidol, finding out through Internet forums that the marijuana extract could really help their child.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The seizures that occur in children patients are severe. Not only that but the medication doesn&rsquo;t always eliminate the episodes completely. There are no set times for seizures and parents begin to lose it when they see their small child convulsing on the floor of the grocery store. Development is stunted, the children can barely speak, and they are lifeless. Parents are willing to try almost anything and thankfully, people like Dr. Goldstein can help them.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> People like Ray Mirzabegian, director of the nonprofit Realm of Caring in California, the choice to search for CBD was an obvious one. A few years ago, his daughter Emily was taking four different anti-seizure medications at the age of 10. &ldquo;Unfortunately, that causes a vegetative state,&rdquo; he told Yahoo Health. She had tried a grand total of thirteen medications and none of them at helped to effectively control the epilepsy that she suffered from. The little girl was having up to 120 seizures a day and the doctors started trying to create a cocktail of drugs that might help the little girl. &ldquo;We decided that that&rsquo;s not the way to go,&rdquo; Mirzabegian said.</div> Alhambra Resident Arrested When Marijuana Grow Op Found In Home http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/alhambra-resident-arrested-when-marijuana-grow-op-found-in-home <div> <img alt="cannabis-grow-op" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/arrested-for-cannsbis-grow-op.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />While medical cannabis is legal in California, growing a huge amount of cannabis can still be considered illegal, especially if you&rsquo;re growing over 860 plants in your home. That&rsquo;s what happened to 33 year old Longsheng Ou this past Tuesday after police discovered that he was using his home as a marijuana grow.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Ou was arrested on Monday night after the Pomona police were sent to his home on Tanglewood Drive after reports of a strong odor. Officers found that Ou was &ldquo;utilizing the entire residence to cultivate marijuana,&rdquo; Sgt. Marcus Perez said. As said above, there were 860 plants that were found in the residence, with an estimated 280 pounds of marijuana. Ou was put in the Pomona Jail with a $50,000 bail for marijuana cultivation.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This just shows that even people who are living in somewhat legal states need to be careful. While it is legal in California to grow with a medical marijuana license, having this many plants will definitely get you in trouble if you&rsquo;re not going through the appropriate channels to grow it. Cultivating cannabis has extreme consequences if the grower isn&rsquo;t following the laws. The federal government can still come in and take everything from you.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For people like Ou that have been sent to jail because of their desire to grow a plant, we can only hope that the laws change and these non-violent criminals are released as well as their records expunged of such a miscarriage of justice. The law doesn&rsquo;t need to put people away for just growing a plant. There are many other problems happening that need attention, such as mistreatment by police, prescription drug addiction, and the ongoing battle with alcohol and drunk drivers.</div> Feds Not To Interfere With Native American Marijuana Grows http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/feds-not-to-interfere-with-native-american-marijuana-grows <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="native-american-grows" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/feds-not-to-interfer-with-native-american-grows.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></div> <div> Even though the Native American reservations have strict rules governing the use of alcohol by their members, the Justice Department will be telling the US attorneys to leave tribes growing marijuana alone, even if the tribe is located in a state that bans marijuana growing. The new guidance will be implemented on a case by case basis and the tribes must adhere to federal guidelines regarding the practice.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> There are nearly 30 state and federal recognized Native American tribes in Southern California, with a population totaling at almost 200,000. The land where the larger tribes call home is host to huge casinos, outlet malls, and other large sources of revenue that are run by the Cabazon, San Manuel, Morongo, and Pechanga tribes. But representatives from these tribes were not available for comments on the new guidance.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Some tribes look at the marijuana market as a huge potential source of wealth, much like the casinos. Colorado and Washington have made so much money since they passed legalization, you can bet that others will want to make the same. Reportedly, most tribes will not be growing marijuana once the guidance is introduced, as said above, they worry about cannabis having the same devastating effect as alcohol.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Where there are tribes that don&rsquo;t want marijuana, the federal government says that they will still enforce the laws if someone is found growing the plant. But the Justice Department will not actively attempt to enforce the federal cannabis laws on Native American land that follows the right federal guidelines that have been put forward by the federal government. The tribes must also have an effective regulatory system in place to make sure that the business is working in a safe and profitable manner. The government prosecutors still reserve the right to take action on marijuana related crimes that they feel are happening.</div> Americans Want Legal States Left Alone http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/americans-want-legal-states-left-alone <div> <img alt="legal-states-want-cannabis-lect-alone" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/americans-want-legal-cannabis-states-left-alone.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 158px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />Support for marijuana in America is greater than ever. With more states working towards legalizing the plant, more and more people want to gain profits from the industry. Many jobs would be created with legalization and there is a great deal of money to be made. But seeing as how the Federal Government won&rsquo;t stop interfering with legal and medical states, the legal marijuana industry is still suffering, even when state laws are being followed.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In a report released on Monday by Third Way says that 60% of American voters believe that the states should decide whether or not they want legal cannabis. 67% want a new federal law that would make states that legalize recreational or medical cannabis a &ldquo;safe haven&rdquo; against the US laws against cannabis, as long as the states show that they have a strong regulatory framework for the business.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> When the Obama administration issuing guidance urging federal prosecutors to refrain from going after state-legal marijuana operations, advocates for cannabis were positive. But with arrest rates for cannabis high than ever and the amount of raids happening increasing all the time, it&rsquo;s clear that this &ldquo;guidance&rdquo; didn&rsquo;t do much to prevent legal state from being harassed by the feds. Twenty-three states have opted for legalizing cannabis for medical purposes while another four allow for recreational use of cannabis. The federal government seems to be okay with simply spending all of their time and funding going after people who don&rsquo;t deserve it.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Third Way proposed that a federal &ldquo;waiver&rdquo; system where the states would be allowed to act outside of federal marijuana prosecution. As long as the states have a presentable regulatory system that was in place and could be re-evaluated every once in a while. &ldquo;This &lsquo;waive but restrict&rsquo; framework would provide consistency and protect public safety more effectively than either current law or the other policy proposals on the table.&quot;</div> Space Queen (Hybrid) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/space-queen-hybrid-2 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2273_6.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="space-queen-hybrid" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2273_6.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2273_4.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="space-queen-weed-5" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2273_4.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 113px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" />&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2273_5.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="space-queen-hybrid-weed-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2273_5.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 77px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2273_3.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="space-queen-weed-6" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2273_3.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 113px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/hybrid/space_queen" target="_blank">Space Queen - Hybrid</a></span></span></strong></p> Shake Well - Stoner problems = ) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/shake-well-stoner-problems- <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/shake-well-stoner-problems-stoner-fun-shake-well.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="shake-well" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/shake-well-stoner-problems-stoner-fun-shake-well.jpg" style="width: 293px; height: 750px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> Teen Marijuana Use Declines As More States Legalize Marijuana http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/teen-marijuana-use-declines-as-more-states-legalize-marijuana <div> <img alt="teen-marijuana-use-down" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/girls_with_weed_05.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 210px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />The federal government&rsquo;s National Institute on Drug Abuse released its annual Monitoring the Future survey today. Monitoring the Future is now in its 40th year and is considered the &lsquo;gold standard&rsquo; of teen drug use surveys. It surveys 40,000 to 50,000 students in 8th, 10th and 12th grade in schools nationwide about their use of alcohol, legal and illegal drugs and cigarettes.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Marijuana use in the past year by students in all three grades declined slightly, from 26% in 2013 to 24% in 2014. The survey also found that students in 8th and 10th grades reported that marijuana is less available than it once was. Also, daily marijuana use among 12th graders is down, from 6.5% in 2013 to 5.8% in 2014.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> These declines in marijuana use among teens follow the implementation of the nation&rsquo;s first marijuana legalization laws in Colorado and Washington. Those laws were adopted in 2012, and retail sales of marijuana in those states began earlier this year. Each of the marijuana legalization laws clearly specify that legalization applies to adults 21 and over, and contain built-in safeguards that restrict sales to minors. Last month, voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. also decisively passed initiatives to legalize marijuana in those jurisdictions.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;The results from the Monitoring the Future survey showing a decline in teen marijuana use &ndash; even as legalization initiatives have passed &ndash; is very encouraging, though not surprising,&rdquo; said Marsha Rosenbaum, PhD, of the Drug Policy Alliance. &ldquo;Now that the national conversation about marijuana is &lsquo;above ground,&rsquo; parents and teachers are able have honest conversations with teens based on sound science, health, and safety. The declines in use revealed in MTF may well indicate that teens are listening, and choosing to make wise decisions.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Rosenbaum is the author of the influential publication Safety First: A Reality-Based Approach to Teens and Drugs. Earlier this month, DPA released a revised edition ofSafety First with new sections addressing marijuana legalization and adolescent brain development.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Over half of teens (56%) say they would not try marijuana, even it were legal for adults. Some opponents of marijuana legalization have speculated that use will increase with the expansion of legally regulated marijuana. Rather, the findings from Monitoring the Future echo the results of other studies on marijuana laws and underage use.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Numerous researchers have looked at the extent of teen marijuana use in states where medical marijuana is legal. Their findings, published in prestigious journals such as the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Adolescent Health, generally show no association between changes in marijuana laws and rates of teenage marijuana use. A 2012 study published in the Annals of Epidemiology found that medical marijuana laws actually &ldquo;decreased past-month use among adolescents&hellip;and had no discernible effect on the perceived riskiness of monthly use.&rdquo; Preliminary data from the 2013 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, released by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) in August of 2014, found that high school marijuana use in the past month slightly decreased from 22 percent in 2011to 20 percent in 2013.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/teen-marijuana-use-declines-as-more-states-legalize-marijuana/" target="_blank">http://www.theweedblog.com/teen-marijuana-use-declines-as-more-states-legalize-marijuana/</a></div> Afgoo - Indica http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/afgoo-indica-3 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3510_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="afgoo-indica-weed" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3510_1.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 294px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3510_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="afgoo-indica-weed-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3510_0.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 319px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3510_7.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="afgoo-weed-5" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3510_7.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 298px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3510_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="afgoo-weed-6" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3510_0.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 360px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/indica/afgoo" target="_blank">Afgoo - Indica</a></span></span></strong></p> Oregon Begins To Implement Legal Cannabis http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/oregon-begins-to-implement-legal-cannabis <div> <img alt="oregon-to-implement-legal-cannabis" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/oregon-to-implement-legal-cannabis.png" style="width: 280px; height: 158px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />This past November, Oregon joined Colorado and Washington in the recreational cannabis legalization movement, along with Alaska. The state now needs to come up with a plan on how to regulate and tax the plant so that legal sales go smoothly. The Oregon Legislature&rsquo;s Emergency Board approved funding Wednesday, totaling around $600,000, for the Liquor Control Commission to begin making the rules regarding legal cannabis.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> With this funding, the commission would hire four workers. These four would include a program manager, two policy analysts, and a public affairs staffer. Even though there will just be these four to start out with, the state estimates that the regulation of recreational marijuana would end up including up to thirty workers.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Taxes from the legal marijuana sales are estimated to eventually to cover the costs for the regulatory system. The money that was approved for spending on Wednesday will come from the sales of liquor in the state and once the market for marijuana gets going, must be paid back with interest. Which means a ton of extra money for the state, along with the money made from commercial sales, reported to start sometime in 2016. But as of July 1st, personal possession and home grown pot are legal in the state of Oregon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Building these systems to regulate cannabis are important, even though the laws can sometimes be frustrating. Oregon will hopefully rake in the same amount of revenue as Colorado and Washington, sending the funds to school, public workers, roads, and other issues that happen within state lines. Considering how high the taxes on marijuana are, the states stand to make considerable gains by legalizing cannabis.&nbsp;</div> What To Do If Confronted By Police http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/what-to-do-if-confronted-by-police <div> <img alt="what-to-do-if-confronted-by-police" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/what-to-do-if-confronted-by-police.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 194px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />Say that you&rsquo;re hanging out somewhere, like a hiking trail or in your car, and you happen to have weed on you. Not necessarily smoking it but you definitely have enough on you that you could get in trouble for it. With marijuana arrests accounting for half of all drug arrested (with 88% being simple possession), it&rsquo;s super important to know what to do when you&rsquo;re confronted with a police officer and you happen to have bud on you. There are four common ways that the police can trick you in to incriminating yourself when it comes to marijuana possession.&nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Something that&rsquo;s really important to remember is how you appear as well. Even though the police are supposed to treat all citizens the same, there are clear statistics that prove otherwise. Mostly, police will treat people differently on race. According to a study done at ACLU, African Americans are almost four times as likely as white to be arrested for marijuana possession. Other reports have found that law enforcement officers kill at least one African American every 28 hours. Additionally, police look down upon people who have body modifications, car modifications, or seem to have a sour attitude when confronted.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Never give an officer reasonable suspicion by talking too much. If you start to ramble, the police will tend to take more interest in you. Rambling is a sign of lying. If you begin to stutter and stumble over your words in the middle of a rant about where you&rsquo;re going, who you&rsquo;re going to see, and where you&rsquo;re coming from, the police can decide to search you, find your weed, and arrest you. The best way to avoid such a situation? If you are stopped by an officer, simply ask &ldquo;Officer, are you detaining me or am I free to go?&rdquo; Most of the time, if you have done nothing worthy of arrest, the officer will let you go. If they continue to badger you, simply repeat the question in an even tone of voice until the officer lets up. On the chance that the officer says you&rsquo;re under arrest, tell them that you are going to remain silent and that you would like to see your lawyer. Never run from the police or trash talk a cop. They will absolutely use that against you.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Don&rsquo;t give the cops consent to search your person. You can say no to a search. &ldquo;The most powerful trick police use to make marijuana arrests on the street is to ask citizens to empty their pockets. Of course, this &lsquo;ask&rsquo; generally sounds like a command when the police shout, &lsquo;What&rsquo;s in your pockets? What you got?&rsquo;&rdquo;, Says Flex Your Rights, a company dedicated to letting people know their rights. Most people will automatically comply to this demand regardless of what they have on them, simply because they&rsquo;re intimidated or confused. &ldquo;Unless police feel a hard item during a pat down, they are not legally allowed to reach in to your pockets.&rdquo; The right to refuse a search is in the Fourth Amendment, guarding against unreasonable searches and seizures by the state. &ldquo;If the police say that they have a search warrant, ask to see it. If they don&rsquo;t, say &lsquo;I do not consent to this search&rsquo;,&rdquo; advises New York City Civil Liberties Union website. There is a chance that an officer may still search you illegally and you can protect that right if you go to court.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Same goes for your car. The police cannot search your vehicle without your consent or a warrant. They can order you to get out of the car, which you should do so. But they cannot search the vehicle. Police may make false threats about what might happen if you don&rsquo;t let them search but don&rsquo;t believe them. &ldquo;Beware that police can legally lie to you, so never let false threats or promises trick you in to waving your rights,&rdquo; says Judge William Murphy, a civil liberties advocate. If the cop has no reasonable suspicion and no warrant, ask them if you are free to go. If the officer gets violent in this situation, be sure to keep calm and assert that you are lawfully guaranteed the right to refuse an unlawful search.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Without a warrant, you don&rsquo;t even have to open your door to talk to the police. No matter how many times they knock, you can just leave them out there. Just tell them no. Seeing as how you wouldn&rsquo;t let a stranger in to your home, you shouldn&rsquo;t let the cops in. You don&rsquo;t know them. It&rsquo;s your right. The most common way cops can get you to allow a search is say that they smell marijuana. In this case, you can only say one thing. &ldquo;Officer, I have nothing to hide but I do not consent to any searches.&rdquo; If the cops continue to search and find something, you&rsquo;re definitely going to need a lawyer. In this case, it&rsquo;s your word against theirs when it comes to the smell of cannabis and the best thing that you can do is to stay calm.&nbsp;</div> Chem Dawg (Indica) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/chem-dawg-indica-1 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3541_2.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="chem-dawg-indica" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3541_2.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 450px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3541_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="chem-dawg-indica-1" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3541_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 159px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3541_5.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="chem-dawg-indica-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3541_5.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 201px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3541_3.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="chem-dawg-weed-4" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3541_3.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 113px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/indica/chem_dawg" target="_blank">Chem Dawg - Indica</a></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The famed Chem Dawg, aka Chemdawg, is one of the most potent Marijuana strains in existence. Originating in mystery and legend, Chem Dawg was supposedly found as a seed in a bag of high-quality bud bought by the strains%u2019 namesake, who is now breeding various new varieties with these genetics. Chem Dawg is powerful medicine, with a strong smell of pine-sol and jet fuel, and a very strong high %u2013 which can be too strong and anxiety-producing for less-experienced smokers. As the progenitor of many Kush and Diesel varieties, Chem Dawg is a proud parent of many currently popular marijuana strains.</span></p> Wouldn't this be an Amazing Toke Spot? http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/wouldnt-this-be-an-amazing-toke-spot <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/wouldnt-this-be-an-amazing-toke-spot.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="toke-spot-smoke-spot" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/wouldnt-this-be-an-amazing-toke-spot.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 675px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> Michigan In The Top Five Medical Marijuana States http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/michigan-in-the-top-five-medical-marijuana-states <div> <img alt="mi-top-5-mmj-states" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/u2-og-large-nugs-medical-cannabis-thcfinder-004.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 187px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />A new graphic from the Marijuana Business Daily illustrates the nation&rsquo;s top five medical marijuana states, as measured by public participation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Created by Jennifer Mann, the graph compares states based on the number of people enrolled per one thousand residents of the state. Colorado leads all states in terms of public participation with 22.3 patients per 1,000 residents.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> California, the nation&rsquo;s oldest medical marijuana program, ranks second with &nbsp;19.30, followed by Oregon (17.9) and Washington State (16.5). Michigan ranked fifth with 12.3 medical marijuana patients per 1,000 residents.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The US has 23 states with medical marijuana programs, not all of which are in effect yet. The Marijuana Business Daily chart considered only those states with medical marijuana programs in operation for more than one year. The national average for participation in all states qualifying for the chart was 10 patients per 1,000 residents.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The participation level in the Great Lakes State may be lower than anticipated, considering the maturity of the program and the size of the state. Michigan&rsquo;s medical marijuana program was instituted via public vote in 2008 and the state is 9th in population nationally.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-in-the-top-five-medical-marijuana-states/" target="_blank">http://www.theweedblog.com/michigan-in-the-top-five-medical-marijuana-states/</a></div> Banana OG (Hybrid) Strain http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/12/banana-og-hybrid-strain <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2910_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-og-weed" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2910_0.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 442px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_2910_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-og-weed-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_2910_1.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 371px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2910_2.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-og-weed-4" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_2910_2.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 600px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/47048_2910_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-og-weed-5" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/47048_2910_0.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 308px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/hybrid/banana_og" target="_blank">Banana OG - Hybrid</a></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">A cross of OG and Banana, this Indica Dominant strain has an earthy, fruity bouquet and great for pain relief with sedation. Banana OG is a High CBD strain with heavy medical effects. This strain is an excellent treatment for Insomnia, Chronic pain, Muscle Spasms, Digestive Disorders, ADHD, MS and Anxiety. Some of the effects experienced include heavy Body Relaxation and Sedation.</span></p>