THCFinder - Marijuana Blog http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed What strain are you smoking on today? http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/what-strain-are-you-smoking-on-today-7 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/tumblr_n7uj1eVKnW1r47vj4o1_500.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/tumblr_n7uj1eVKnW1r47vj4o1_500.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 750px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> Washington State Revisits Rules on Use of Marijuana as Medicine http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/washington-state-revisits-rules-on-use-of-marijuana-as-medicine <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/26marijuana-superJumbo.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/26marijuana-superJumbo.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">OLYMPIA, Wash. &mdash; Nearly two decades after voters passed a medical marijuana law that often left the police, prosecutors and even patients confused about what was allowed, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill on Friday that attempts to clean up that largely unregulated system and to bring it in line with Washington&rsquo;s new recreational marijuana market.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">Among the law&rsquo;s many provisions, it creates a voluntary registry of patients and, beginning next year, eliminates what have become in some cases large, legally dubious &ldquo;collective gardens&rdquo; providing cannabis to thousands of people. Instead, those patients will be able to buy medical-grade products at legal recreational marijuana stores that obtain an endorsement to sell medical marijuana, or they will be able to participate in cooperatives of up to four patients.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">And those big medical marijuana gardens will be given a path to legitimacy: The state will grant priority in licensing to those who have been good proprietors.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">The proliferation of medical dispensaries has long been a concern for the police and other officials who denounce them as a cover for black-market sales. Washington in 1998 became one of the first states to approve the use of marijuana for medical purposes, but the initiative passed by voters did not allow commercial sales.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">Medical marijuana growers repeatedly sought legislation that would validate their businesses, coming closest in 2011, when the Legislature approved a bill to create a licensing framework for medical dispensaries. But Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed much of the measure.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">This time, with the state seeking to support its nascent recreational marijuana industry after the passage of Initiative 502 in 2012, there was a financial impetus to pull the medical users into the recreational system.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">Under the new law, patients who join the voluntary registry will be allowed to possess three ounces dry, 48 ounces of marijuana-infused solids, 216 ounces liquid and 21 grams of concentrates. </span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">Source:<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/us/washington-state-tightens-its-law-on-medical-marijuana.html?_r=0">http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/us/washington-state-tightens-its-law-on-medical-marijuana.html?_r=0</a></span></span></div> Strawberry Sour Diesel (Sativa) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/strawberry-sour-diesel-sativa <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/7321_4090_36.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/7321_4090_36.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 388px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_4090_0.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_4090_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/53250_4090_0.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/53250_4090_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/sativa/strawberry_sour_diesel"><strong>Strawberry Sour Diesel (Sativa)</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/sativa/strawberry_sour_diesel"><span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Directly from the history books, the Strawberry Cough (Kyle Kushman) and Original Sour Diesel were joined to be able to attain the best from each strain. About 9 weeks flowering will provide you with a batch of extremely powerful buds loaded with juicy strawberry flavor, however keeping the hard impact and floatiness from the old-school Kush.</span></a></p> Majority Of Americans Back Marijuana Legalization http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/cbs-news-poll-majority-of-americans-back-marijuana-legalization <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> <a href="http://cdn4.theweedblog.com/wp-content/uploads/legalize_cannabis300.jpg" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);"><img alt="legalize marijuana cannabis safe safety" class="alignright wp-image-16678 size-full" data-wp-pid="16678" src="http://cdn4.theweedblog.com/wp-content/uploads/legalize_cannabis300.jpg" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px; padding: 0px; border: 1px solid rgb(221, 221, 221); outline: 0px; float: right; max-width: 100%;" width="300" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> The majority of Americans say that marijuana is safer than alcohol and believe that its use should be legal, according to nationwide&nbsp;<a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/262460365/Pot-Topline-CBS-News-Poll-4-20-15" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank">polling data</a>&nbsp;compiled by CBS News.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> Fifty-three percent of respondents answered &lsquo;yes&rsquo; to the question, &ldquo;Should marijuana use be legal?&rdquo; That is the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/poll-support-for-legal-marijuana-use-reaches-all-time-high/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank">highest level of support ever recorded by CBS pollsters</a>&nbsp;since they began posing the question in 1979. Forty-three percent of respondents opposed legalization.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> Males, younger voters, and Democrats were most likely to support marijuana&rsquo;s legalization. Seventy-four percent of those who acknowledged having tried marijuana said that the plant ought to be legalized, compared to just 35 percent who have never used it.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> The majority of respondents (51 percent) agreed that cannabis is less harmful than alcohol. Only 12 percent of respondents said they believed that marijuana was more harmful than booze, while 28 percent said that both substances were equally harmful.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> Forty-three percent of respondents acknowledged having consumed marijuana, an increase of nine percent since 1997. Seventy-five percent of respondents said that it would not matter to them if a Presidential candidate admitted having tried it.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> On the question of legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, 84 percent of respondents supported allowing physicians to authorize cannabis therapy to their patients.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> The CBS News poll is the latest in a&nbsp;<a href="http://norml.org/library/national-legalization-polls" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank">series of national surveys</a>&nbsp;showing majority support for legalizing and regulating marijuana.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> Source:<a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/cbs-news-poll-majority-of-americans-back-marijuana-legalization/">http://www.theweedblog.com/cbs-news-poll-majority-of-americans-back-marijuana-legalization/</a></p> OG Kush (Hybrid) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/-og-kush-hybrid <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3572_0.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3572_0.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_3572_7.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3572_7.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 150px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3572_6.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3572_6.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/hybrid/og_kush"><strong>&nbsp;OG Kush (Hybrid)</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/hybrid/og_kush"><span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Known as The &quot;Original Gangster&quot; or &quot;Ocean Grown&quot; OG Kush comes from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and is considered to be the strain that put Southern California buds on par with the flowers coming from up North. Developed over three generations and years of stabilizing as well as developing the perfect fertilizer / food for this particular strain, resulted in a phenomenal kush, said to be the strongest strains today. OG Kush, when properly grown, has the highest THC content of all kushes.</span></a></p> Missouri Lawmaker Proposes Taxing Illegal Drugs http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/missouri-lawmaker-proposes-taxing-illegal-drugs <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/illegal-drug-tax-missouri.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/illegal-drug-tax-missouri.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 281px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> While the Missouri legislature can barely loosen their collective sphincter to allow the passing of an ultra-restrictive medical marijuana program, one snidely lawmaker is working to ensure the state gets its fair share of the illegal drug trade.</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> Earlier this month, State Representative Shawn Rhoads submitted a proposal (<a href="http://http//house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB1138I.PDF" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(128, 169, 67); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.3s ease; -webkit-transition: color 0.3s ease;" target="_blank">House Bill 1138</a>) that aims to generate tax revenue from marijuana and other illegal drugs by implementing a hypocritical policy that forces drug dealers to shell out a percentage of their dope proceeds to supplement the state&rsquo;s coffers.</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> The goal of this seemingly ridiculous measure is to follow in the footsteps of some 20 states across nation that require members of the black market drug trade to purchase state-issued tax stamps and apply them to their products. This method of financial madness, in turn, holds the proprietors of back alley dope slinging operations responsible for reporting their taxable income to the state.</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> Interestingly, although many characters of the underground working as amateur pharmaceutical representatives consider this controversial form of taxation a laughable matter, the law can actually come with some serious consequences for the ones who find themselves busted without tax stamps on illegal contraband.</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> In 2008,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/24/nyregion/24drugs.html?_r=0]%20[link:%20http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1578857,00.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(128, 169, 67); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.3s ease; -webkit-transition: color 0.3s ease;" target="_blank"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">The New York Times</em></a>&nbsp;reported that tax officials in Tennessee penalized a young dealer to the tune of $11,506 after he was caught selling marijuana-infused Rice Krispie Treats at a concert &ndash; a small fine in comparison to another dealer busted in the Volunteer State, who was charged $1.1 million for smuggling just over 42 grams of weed without tax stamps.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> Read More:<a href="http://www.hightimes.com/read/missouri-lawmaker-proposes-taxing-illegal-drugs">http://www.hightimes.com/read/missouri-lawmaker-proposes-taxing-illegal-drugs</a></p> It's the weekend, time to relax. http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/its-the-weekend-time-to-relax. <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/chiilin.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/chiilin.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 448px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> Baby Boomers Increasingly Behind Legalizing Marijuana http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/baby-boomers-increasingly-behind-legalizing-marijuana <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/Legalizing-Marijuana.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/Legalizing-Marijuana.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; direction: ltr; font-family: Georgia, Century, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> The support for legalizing marijuana has grown rapidly over the last decade but the oldest Americans aren&#39;t ready to sign off on it yet. Four states and Washington, D.C. have passed measures legalizing marijuana, and today 53 percent of Americans favor legalization and 44 are opposed. In 2006, those numbers stood at 32 percent in favor of legalization and 60 percent opposed, according to a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.people-press.org/2015/04/14/in-debate-over-legalizing-marijuana-disagreement-over-drugs-dangers/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(27, 20, 100); text-decoration: none; line-height: inherit; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">survey</a>&nbsp;from Pew Research Center.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; direction: ltr; font-family: Georgia, Century, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> The numbers have grown because of support among Baby Boomers, the group that came after them, Generation Xers, and the most recent generation, Millennials (those 18 to 34).</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; direction: ltr; font-family: Georgia, Century, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Some 68 percent of Millennials, 52 percent of Gen Xers and 50 percent of Baby Boomers, those 51 to 69, support legalization.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; direction: ltr; font-family: Georgia, Century, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> What&#39;s holding the numbers back are those 70 to 87 who are known as the Silent Generation with only 29 percent favoring legalizing marijuana.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; direction: ltr; font-family: Georgia, Century, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> &quot;We know this generation expresses more conservative views on a range of issues-- marijuana, marriage equality and others-- and they came of age when opinion was predominantly against legalization of marijuana,&quot; says Alec Tyson, a senior researcher at Pew. &quot;There has been a modest shift in their views. They have become slightly more likely to favor marijuana legalization but they came in age at a time when opinion was lopsided against legalization and landscape was much different in terms of state laws that allow medicinal or recreational use as you see today.&quot;</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; direction: ltr; font-family: Georgia, Century, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Only 8 percent of the Silent Generation supported marijuana legalization in 1997, showing that group has gained some acceptance of the issue. From a previous survey by Pew, that generation was more likely to say it&#39;s morally wrong, Tyson says.</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; direction: ltr; font-family: Georgia, Century, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> &quot;We do know that generation has much more negative views of the harms of the drug itself,&quot; Tyson says. &quot;They&#39;re more likely to see it as dangerous and harmful.&quot; (Remember, that&#39;s the generation that grew up with the film&nbsp;<em style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline;">Reefer Madness</em>).</p> <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 15px; padding: 0px; direction: ltr; font-family: Georgia, Century, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 21px; text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; border: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-stretch: normal; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"> Read More:<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/buck-wargo/baby-boomers-marijuana_b_7079040.html">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/buck-wargo/baby-boomers-marijuana_b_7079040.html</a></p> Blue Widow (Indica) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/blue-widow-indica-2 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3498_1.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3498_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_3498_0.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3498_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 119px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3498_0.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3498_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 113px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/indica/blue_widow"><strong>Blue Widow (Indica)</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/indica/blue_widow"><span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Blue Widow is Blueberry crossed with White Widow. Very pale and sugary in appearance. Very pungent and smells like yummy candy with a piney fresh scent. Very berry and sweet fruity taste. Great pain fighter and delivers total body relaxation for uptightness in body or mind.</span></a></p> Missouri House Passes Bill To Legalize Hemp Cultivation http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/missouri-house-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-cultivation <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> <a href="http://cdn4.theweedblog.com/wp-content/uploads/hempindust.jpg" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);"><img alt="missouri hemp" class="alignright wp-image-18286 size-full" data-wp-pid="18286" src="http://cdn4.theweedblog.com/wp-content/uploads/hempindust.jpg" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px; padding: 0px; border: 1px solid rgb(221, 221, 221); outline: 0px; float: right; max-width: 100%;" width="300" /></a>Hemp is a very versatile plant. Some estimates say that hemp can be used to make over 25,000 products. Importing hemp and hemp products is legal in the United States, but hemp cultivation is not allowed at the federal level. Even in states that have legalized hemp cultivation, farmers are having a hard time getting an actual crop started due to federal prohibition (such as in Oregon). Missouri used to be one of the top hemp producing states in America. Missouri&rsquo;s House of Representatives passed a hemp cultivation bill this week. Per&nbsp;<a href="http://thejointblog.com/missouri-house-passes-hemp-legalization-bill/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px;">The Joint Blog</em></a>:</p> <blockquote style="margin: 0px 3em 1em; padding: 10px 15px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; text-indent: 2em; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px; background-image: url(http://cdn4.theweedblog.com/wp-content/themes/suffusion/images/blockquote-l.png); background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: 0% 0%; background-repeat: no-repeat;"> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px;"> Missouri&rsquo;s House of Representatives has given initial approval to&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billtracking/bills151/billpdf/intro/HB0830I.PDF" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px;">House Bill 830</em></a>, a proposal to legalize the production and cultivation of industrial hemp. A companion bill,<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/15info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=1226491" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px;">Senate Bill 255</em></a>, has already been approved unanimously by the&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px;">Senate Committee on Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources</em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px;">.</em></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px;"> If passed into law,&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px;">House Bill 830</em>&nbsp;would remove hemp from the state&rsquo;s list of controlled substance, reclassifying it as a legal agricultural product in the state. The bill would establish a system of licensing and regulations for those wanting to grow the crop, which would be defined as having no more than 0.3% THC. The proposal explicitly states that a change in federal law &ndash; or approval from the federal government &ndash; will not be required for the state to begin implementation of the law.</p> </blockquote> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> Missouri&rsquo;s farmers deserve to grow a crop that is completely harmless. Virtually all of the arguments against hemp cultivation are not based upon science, but instead are based upon politics and fear mongering. The focus&nbsp;now moves to the Missouri Senate, where I&rsquo;m hopeful it will pass considering SB 255 already received a unanimous approval from a key Senate Committee. A thriving hemp industry would help out Missouri quite a bit.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> Source:<a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/missouri-house-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-cultivation/">http://www.theweedblog.com/missouri-house-passes-bill-to-legalize-hemp-cultivation/</a></p> Liquid Butter Og (Indica) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/-liquid-butter-og-indica <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3249_2.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3249_2.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_3249_0.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3249_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3249_1.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3249_1.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 128px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/indica/liquid_butter_og"><strong>&nbsp;Liquid Butter Og (Indica)</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/indica/liquid_butter_og"><span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Liquid Butter OG is a heavy indica that comes with a full head and body high. The nugs are frosty and the effect is immediate. Great for relaxation and nighttime use.</span></a></p> Federal Bill Could End Prohibition Across the United States in 2015 http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/federal-bill-could-end-prohibition-across-the-united-states-in-2015 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/federal-marijuana-bill.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/federal-marijuana-bill.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 281px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> If a state passes a law deeming marijuana a legal substance, the federal government should have no authority over the prosecution of individuals for crimes associated with the substance. This is the battle cry of a recent piece of legislation, which swept through Capitol Hill this week on bipartisan wings, aimed at blocking Uncle Sam from unleashing the dogs of the drug war against states that have legalized the leaf for medicinal or recreational purposes.</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> The bill entitled the &ldquo;Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2015&rdquo; was&nbsp;<a href="https://cloudfront-assets.reason.com/assets/db/14297449196168.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(128, 169, 67); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.3s ease; -webkit-transition: color 0.3s ease;" target="_blank">introduced to Congress</a>&nbsp;earlier this week by Representative Dana Rohrabacher of California. It seeks to provide immunity against federal prosecution for individuals and businesses abiding state marijuana laws. And while this legislative offering is a short document, the implications between the lines are substantial, as it suggests the passing of this measure could be all that is needed to basically eliminate prohibition on a federal level.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> Unlike the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hightimes.com/read/game-changing-medical-marijuana-bill-introduced-house" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(128, 169, 67); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.3s ease; -webkit-transition: color 0.3s ease;" target="_blank">CARERS Act</a>, which is a bid to legalize medical marijuana nationwide, Rohrabacher&rsquo;s latest proposal would extend the same protection the medical sector of the cannabis industry needs to the recreational side, which would allow states the ability to legalize weed for any purpose without concerns over violating federal statutes.</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> &ldquo;The American people, through the 35 states that have liberalized laws banning either medical marijuana, marijuana in general, or cannabinoid oils, have made it clear that federal enforcers should stay out of their personal lives,&quot; Rohrabacher&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/22/state-marijuana-laws_n_7121900.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(128, 169, 67); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.3s ease; -webkit-transition: color 0.3s ease;" target="_blank">said in a statement</a>. &quot;It&rsquo;s time for restraint of the federal government&rsquo;s over-aggressive weed warriors.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> Read More:<a href="http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-bill-could-end-prohibition-across-united-states-2015">http://www.hightimes.com/read/federal-bill-could-end-prohibition-across-united-states-2015</a></p> What strain are you smoking on today? http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/what-strain-are-you-smoking-on-today-6 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/1513174_760993783948195_9108513899811271748_n.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/1513174_760993783948195_9108513899811271748_n.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 444px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> Illinois House moves toward decriminalizing marijuana possession http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/illinois-house-moves-toward-decriminalizing-marijuana-possession <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/chi-marijuana-laws-illinois-house"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/chi-marijuana-laws-illinois-house" style="width: 450px; height: 253px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">Getting caught with a small amount of marijuana would result in a fine instead of arrest under a measure the Illinois House approved Thursday.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">Low-level cannabis possession would go from a crime with fines of up to $2,500 and up to a year in jail to be more like a traffic ticket: no court time and a fine of up to $125. The measure would apply to people caught with 15 grams or less, the equivalent of about 25 cigarette-size joints.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">Sponsoring Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, said the measure wouldn&#39;t override laws in cities like Chicago that already have fines in place for marijuana possession but is aimed at creating a uniform penalty throughout the state and eliminating the option for police to arrest people carrying small amounts of pot.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">&quot;We currently have a patchwork of local ordinances where there is the possibility of getting a ticket but not a given that you&#39;ll get a ticket, so it&#39;s an open question where you go whether you&#39;re going to get arrested or get a ticket,&quot; Cassidy said. &quot;That creates a system whereby it depends on where you live, and what you look like, and unfortunately more often than not, it is folks who are black and brown who are being arrested, who are being pulled off the streets, pulled away from their jobs and their families and put into our jails and prisons.&quot;</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">The House bill comes days after Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced her office would stop prosecuting low-level marijuana possession cases for people with fewer than three arrests or citations. It also follows a measure enacted by Chicago in 2012 that allowed police to issue tickets of $250 to $500 for someone caught with 15 grams or less of marijuana.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">he proposal, sent to the Senate on a 62-53 vote, drew support from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers. Republican Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove said the legislation fits in with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner&#39;s goal of reducing the number of adults and juveniles sent to jail by 25 percent over 10 years.</span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">&quot;I think police have been bogged down with petty possession crimes,&quot; Sandack said. &quot;I think courts have been bogged down with petty possession crimes. These people, they&#39;re not dealers. They have no intent to sell.&quot; </span></span></div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> <span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:comic sans ms,cursive;">Read More:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-marijuana-decriminalization-met-0424-20150423-story.html">http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-illinois-marijuana-decriminalization-met-0424-20150423-story.html</a></span></span></div> MK Ultra (Indica) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/-mk-ultra-indica <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_771_5.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_771_5.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/22132_771_3.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/22132_771_3.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_771_4.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_771_4.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/indica/mk_ultra"><strong>&nbsp;MK Ultra (Indica)</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/indica/mk_ultra"><span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">A heavy-hitting indica that comes from a cross of G-13 and O.G. Kush. Don&#39;t plan on getting off the couch for a while after using this strain. Great for pain management and insomnia, or just relaxing. Not good for daytime use if you have something important to do.</span></a></p> Six Republicans Resubmit Bill To Allow States To Legalize Marijuana http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/six-republicans-resubmit-bill-to-allow-states-to-legalize-marijuana <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> <a href="http://cdn4.theweedblog.com/wp-content/uploads/gopmarijuana.jpg" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);"><img alt="gop marijuana conservatives rand paul bryan fischer" class="alignright wp-image-17104 size-full" data-wp-pid="17104" src="http://cdn4.theweedblog.com/wp-content/uploads/gopmarijuana.jpg" style="margin: 0px 5px 5px; padding: 0px; border: 1px solid rgb(221, 221, 221); outline: 0px; float: right; max-width: 100%;" width="300" /></a>Six Republican members of Congress just reintroduced the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act, previously submitted in 2013, which would amend the federal Controlled Substances Act by permitting states to develop their own marijuana policies without fear of federal prosecution. Four states have already legalized recreational use of marijuana for adults, while twenty-three states, D.C., and Guam allow some form of medical marijuana access. According to the think tank Third Way,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thirdway.org/report/the-marijuana-middle-americans-ponder-legalization" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank">67% of Americans</a>&nbsp;support Congress passing a bill that respects states developing their own marijuana policy.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> &ldquo;There are few principles more fundamental to the Republican Party than states&rsquo; rights. Allowing states to decide their own marijuana policy both fits with party ideology and makes much more sense than the laws currently on the books,&rdquo; said&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leap.cc/author/neillf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank">Maj. Neill Franklin (Ret.)</a>, executive director for<a href="http://www.leap.cc/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);">Law Enforcement Against Prohibition</a>, a group of cops and other criminal justice professionals opposed to the drug war. &ldquo;But until Congress decides to change the law all assurances of non-intervention from the federal government may prove meaningless.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> Many states considering new marijuana laws have been hesitant because doing so may violate federal law, and because the Drug Enforcement Administration has said it will act independently of federal mandates that limit federal interaction with state marijuana laws. The Department of Justice&nbsp;<a href="http://www.justice.gov/iso/opa/resources/3052013829132756857467.pdf" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank">released a memo</a>&nbsp;in August 2013 stating they would no longer go after states that decided to legalize marijuana, so long as businesses complied with common sense guidelines such as not selling marijuana to children and not being involved in organized criminal activity. The recently passed federal &ldquo;cromnibus&rdquo; spending bill also&nbsp;<a href="https://www.drugpolicy.org/news/2014/12/final-year-end-federal-spending-bill-prohibits-justice-department-undermining-state-med" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank">prohibits the DOJ</a>&nbsp;from undermining states&rsquo; medical marijuana policies. Drug Enforcement Administrator Michele Leonhart has authorized her agency to ignore these mandates.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/21/401265232/dea-chief-expected-to-step-down-amid-scandal" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(52, 124, 23);" target="_blank">Leonhart will be retiring next month</a>&nbsp;after an official letter of &ldquo;no confidence&rdquo; was issued by the House Oversight Committee after hearings on a sex scandal in which DEA agents repeatedly had sex with prostitutes paid for by drug cartels.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> LEAP is committed to ending decades of failed policy that have created underground markets and gang violence, fostered corruption and racism, and largely ignored the public health crisis of addiction. The war on drugs has cost more than one trillion dollars, yielded only disastrous outcomes, and ultimately diverted the penal system&rsquo;s attention away from more important crimes.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 25.6000003814697px;"> Source:<a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/six-republicans-resubmit-bill-to-allow-states-to-legalize-marijuana/">http://www.theweedblog.com/six-republicans-resubmit-bill-to-allow-states-to-legalize-marijuana/</a></p> Super Skunk (Hybrid) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/super-skunk-hybrid <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/111160_3453_1.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/111160_3453_1.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_3453_0.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3453_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 126px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/53421_3453_0.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/53421_3453_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 113px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> &nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/hybrid/super_skunk"><strong>Super Skunk (Hybrid)</strong></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strains/hybrid/super_skunk"><span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">The Super Skunk strain was developed for skunk lovers. Sensi Seeds took original Skunk #1 and other Afghani indicas to create this fine plant. Carries a very strong skunky smell and provides a pleasant high with a little body to it.</span></a></p> Oregon Want $5 Million to Spy on Pot Shops http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/oregon-want-5-million-to-spy-on-pot-shops <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/oregon-cops-money-watchdog-marijuana-industry_0.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/oregon-cops-money-watchdog-marijuana-industry_0.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 281px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> When voters in Oregon agreed last year to banish prohibition and establish a legal framework for a statewide cannabis market, they had no idea that law enforcement was scheming to create a master plan aimed at squeezing pot dollars to spy on the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-33110-oregon_state_police_want_$5_million_for_pot_enforcement.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(128, 169, 67); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.3s ease; -webkit-transition: color 0.3s ease;" target="_blank">state&#39;s suppliers and vendors</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> It appears as though the same green-eyed monsters that once fought the battle against black market marijuana have decided to wage war against the state&rsquo;s legal cannabis industry. Reports indicate that the Oregon State Police recently put in a request for a $3.9 million raise in their annual budget to supplement the already $1.3 million the state approved earlier this year, so that cops could keep an eye on legal weed.</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> Although state police officials have refused to comment on the reasoning behind their proposed $5 million budget to act as the state&rsquo;s Bud Brother, there is speculation that these demands stem from an outcry by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, who have begged for the creation of &ldquo;peace officers&rdquo; to act as pot watchdogs similar to excise cops in the world of booze. Essentially, the state is asking for a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.oregon.gov/OLCC/Pages/index.aspx" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(128, 169, 67); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.3s ease; -webkit-transition: color 0.3s ease;" target="_blank">department to be created</a>&nbsp;to ensure weed is not being sold to minors and that businesses are paying their taxes.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> There are some concerns, however, that establishing a supervisional&nbsp;program could potentially set the state&rsquo;s legal home-growers up for unexpected shakedowns.</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> &ldquo;You could potentially have a marijuana enforcement agent knocking on someone&rsquo;s door to look at a home grow,&rdquo; Senator Floyd Prozanski, who is part of the Senate Committee overseeing the cannabis trade, told&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24362-ganja_police.html" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(128, 169, 67); cursor: pointer; text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.3s ease; -webkit-transition: color 0.3s ease;" target="_blank">Willamette Week</a>. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think anyone on the committee would want them to have that broad of power.&rdquo;</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> Nobody is trying to bust residents for growing five plants instead of four, said OLCC spokesman Tom Towslee, who says the commission is fine with limiting the authority of the pot police strictly to licensed facilities. &ldquo;We have no conflict with the committee,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> Although the state police is convinced that it will cost several million dollars more than what they have already been allotted to inspect retail pot shops for compliance issues, this does not necessarily mean they will be approved. In fact, the OLCC claims they only foresee the need for a special officer stationed in their office to field calls from state police when running information on individuals caught in possession of large amounts of marijuana. Otherwise, there is not much else to support the need for such a hefty increase to the budget.</p> <p style="margin: 20px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 24.9200000762939px; font-size: 14px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(109, 110, 113);"> Read More:<a href="http://www.hightimes.com/read/oregon-want-5-million-spy-pot-shops">http://www.hightimes.com/read/oregon-want-5-million-spy-pot-shops</a></p> A Stoners Ten Commandments http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/-a-stoners-ten-commandments <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/tumblr_nmp6culxzF1urzll7o1_500.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/tumblr_nmp6culxzF1urzll7o1_500.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 450px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> Supreme Court Curbs Drug-Sniffing Dogs During Traffic Stops http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2015/04/supreme-court-curbs-drugsniffing-dogs-during-traffic-stops <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/BN-IA042_SCOTUS_M_20150421153332.jpg"><img alt="" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/BN-IA042_SCOTUS_M_20150421153332.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 300px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Chronicle SSm', serif; line-height: 28px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background: 0px 0px;"> WASHINGTON&mdash;The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Tuesday police can&rsquo;t prolong a routine traffic stop to allow a drug-sniffing dog to search the vehicle unless they have a reasonable suspicion of uncovering contraband.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Chronicle SSm', serif; line-height: 28px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background: 0px 0px;"> The case is the latest to see the justices reinvigorate constitutional protections against &ldquo;unreasonable searches and seizures,&rdquo; following recent decisions that rejected warrantless cellphone searches and installation of GPS trackers.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Chronicle SSm', serif; line-height: 28px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background: 0px 0px;"> Tuesday&rsquo;s ruling tightens the parameters police should follow when using drug-sniffing dogs during a traffic stop, building on a 2005 precedent allowing the drug searches while stressing such procedures become unlawful if a motorist is detained solely to conduct the search.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Chronicle SSm', serif; line-height: 28px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background: 0px 0px;"> &ldquo;We hold that a police stop exceeding the time needed to handle the matter for which the stop was made violates the Constitution&rsquo;s shield against unreasonable seizures,&rdquo; JusticeRuth Bader Ginsburg&nbsp;wrote for the majority. She was joined by Chief Justice&nbsp;<a href="http://topics.wsj.com/person/R/John-Roberts/7417" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 128, 195); text-decoration: none; outline: 0px; background: 0px 0px;">John Roberts</a>&nbsp;and Justices&nbsp;<a href="http://topics.wsj.com/person/S/Antonin-Scalia/7418" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 128, 195); text-decoration: none; outline: 0px; background: 0px 0px;">Antonin Scalia</a>,&nbsp;Stephen Breyer,&nbsp;<a href="http://topics.wsj.com/person/S/Sonia-Sotomayor/1637" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 128, 195); text-decoration: none; outline: 0px; background: 0px 0px;">Sonia Sotomayor</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://topics.wsj.com/person/K/Elena-Kagan/6097" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(0, 128, 195); text-decoration: none; outline: 0px; background: 0px 0px;">Elena Kagan</a>.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Chronicle SSm', serif; line-height: 28px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background: 0px 0px;"> The case came from Valley, Neb., where in March 2012 a K-9 officer,&nbsp;Morgan Struble,stopped a Mercury Mountaineer carrying two people after it briefly veered onto a highway shoulder.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Chronicle SSm', serif; line-height: 28px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background: 0px 0px;"> It took Mr. Struble about 22 minutes to make his routine checks of the driver&rsquo;s license, auto registration and proof of insurance, pulling up no outstanding warrants or other reason to delay the vehicle. After giving the driver,&nbsp;Dennys Rodriguez,&nbsp;a warning ticket, Mr. Struble asked permission to walk his drug-sniffing dog, Floyd, around the vehicle.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Chronicle SSm', serif; line-height: 28px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background: 0px 0px;"> When Mr. Rodriquez declined, Mr. Struble ordered him out of the car and had him wait until a backup officer arrived. On a walk around the Mountaineer, the dog led the officers to a bag of methamphetamine.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Chronicle SSm', serif; line-height: 28px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background: 0px 0px;"> A federal magistrate judge found that Mr. Struble had nothing more than a &ldquo;large hunch&rdquo; to justify the search, but admitted the evidence anyway because the procedure imposed only a minimal delay on Mr. Rodriguez.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Chronicle SSm', serif; line-height: 28px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background: 0px 0px;"> Federal district and appellate courts upheld that decision. The Supreme Court faulted lower courts.</p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Chronicle SSm', serif; line-height: 28px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); background: 0px 0px;"> Read More:<a href="http://www.wsj.com/articles/supreme-court-limits-use-of-drug-sniffing-dogs-during-traffic-stops-1429645869">http://www.wsj.com/articles/supreme-court-limits-use-of-drug-sniffing-dogs-during-traffic-stops-1429645869</a></p>