THCFinder - Marijuana Blog http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog Blog about medical marijuana dispensaries, politics and legal weed Grapefruit - Sativa http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/grapefruit-sativa <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/17117_3492_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="grapefruit-sativa-weed" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/17117_3492_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/57730_3492_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="grapefruit-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3492_1.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 113px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" />&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/999999_3492_2.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="grapefruit-1" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/999999_3492_2.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3492_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="grapefruit-4" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3492_0.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/sativa/grapefruit" target="_blank">Grapefruit - Sativa</a></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Grapefruit is a high-yielding sativa with fast flowering times. A sweet taste and a nice tropical high. The guys from DNA Genetics are Southern California natives who migrated to realize their calling as breeders in the relative weed freedom of Amsterdam. But they didn&#39;t leave all that great Cali genetics behind. California Grapefruit combines three of the Golden State&#39;s favorite indicas: Northern Lights, Skunk #1 and Afghani.</span></p> Medical Marijuana Dispensary Becomes Canada's First to Accept Bitcoin http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/medical-marijuana-dispensary-becomes-canadas-first-to-accept-bitcoin <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="mj-dispensary-accepts-bitcoin" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/marijuana-dispensary-becomes-first-to-accept-bitcoin.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 225px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></div> <div> Mega Chill has become the first medical marijuana dispensary in Canada to accept bitcoin.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Since the formal announcement this September, Mega Chill has seen an overwhelmingly positive response from the community, both from patients familiar with bitcoin and customers who had never heard of the digital currency.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The relationship between bitcoin and the marijuana industry is long-standing due to bitcoin&rsquo;s ability to offer an alternative to the traditional banking system and its still-prevalent use in online dark markets.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In the case of Mega Chill, however, the decision had less to do with sidestepping potential money problems and more to do with the growing popularity of bitcoin as a payment method. CoinDesk spoke with co-owner Matt Jung, who cited the public&rsquo;s curiosity and enthusiasm for digital currency as the reason his business decided to accept bitcoin.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Jung said customers have begun using bitcoin regularly since Mega Chill started accepting it, telling CoinDesk:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s been really good for our patients. One girl who comes in gets paid in bitcoin, so it&rsquo;s perfect for her.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Notably, the company manages its own bitcoin wallet rather than using a payments processor.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Ideal bitcoin merchant</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> For some, Mega Chill represents the ideal merchant for bitcoin &ndash; a business that is a relative newcomer to the technology but still sees the benefits of accepting it.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Jung told CoinDesk that Mega Chill, like other small businesses, is responding to grassroots support for the technology. He added his belief that bitcoin is an easy-to-use payment method and that the public ledger makes record-keeping simple as well.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Jung explained:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;It&rsquo;s an interesting new step to take &ndash; a new emerging technology. It&rsquo;s always good to have another payment method, to have more options for everybody.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> He added that from a financial management standpoint, bitcoin has helped reduced some of the friction Mega Chill faces as a marijuana business, including the hurdles it experienced when dealing with either card issuers or banking institutions.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;It eliminates a lot of the complications of dealing with the banks and dealing with the credit card companies,&rdquo; Jung said.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.coindesk.com/medical-marijuana-dispensary-canada-first-bitcoin/" target="_blank">http://www.coindesk.com</a></div> Girl Scout knows her target Audience well! http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/girl-scout-knows-her-target-audience-well <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/girl-scout-knows-how-to-sell.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="girl-scout-knows-her-target-demographic-well" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/girl-scout-knows-how-to-sell.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 527px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> United States House Passes "No Welfare For Weed" Bill http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/united-states-house-passes-no-welfare-for-weed-bill <div> <img alt="no-welfare-for-weed" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/no-welfare-for-weed-bill-passes.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 146px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />Apparently the United States House of Representatives thinks there is an epidemic of people using welfare money to buy recreational marijuana. I personally haven&rsquo;t heard of anyone doing it in Washington and Colorado. Welfare money is always a hot-button issue in Washington D.C. and throughout America. Late yesterday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would make it harder for people to use welfare money to buy marijuana. Per ABC News:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The House passed a bill Tuesday that could make it a little harder for people to use government welfare payments to buy marijuana in states where the drug is legal.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Supporters call it the &ldquo;no welfare for weed&rdquo; bill.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The bill would prevent people from using government-issued welfare debit cards to make purchases at stores that sell marijuana. It would also prohibit people from using the cards to withdraw cash from ATMs in those stores.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> A 2012 federal law already prevents people from using welfare debit cards at liquor stores, casinos and strip clubs.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The bill is limited in that it only prevents someone from withdrawing money or making a direct purchase at a marijuana store. To get around the law, all someone has to do is withdraw money from an ATM that is not located at a marijuana store. I have a much more solid way to ensure people aren&rsquo;t using welfare money to buy recreational marijuana &ndash; legalize marijuana cultivation for all Americans. If people could grow a few marijuana plants themselves, the need to buy marijuana at stores (with welfare money or otherwise) would be reduced dramatically. But I don&rsquo;t think Congress will go for that. This bill targets marijuana consumers and those on welfare, two areas of American society that politicians love to go after. I don&rsquo;t see them giving up on that anytime soon.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/united-states-house-passes-no-welfare-for-weed-bill/" target="_blank">http://www.theweedblog.com</a></div> Marijuana ad campaign promotes responsible consumption http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/marijuana-ad-campaign-promotes-responsible-consumption <div> <img alt="mj-ad-consume-responsible" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/consume-responsibly-mj-ad.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 140px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />A new campaign urging responsible marijuana use is being rolled out Wednesday to counter hyperbolic anti-drug advertisements of the past &mdash; which were mostly blowing smoke.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;Consume Responsibly&quot; is the first-ever comprehensive public education campaign about using &mdash; and not abusing &mdash; the drug.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;For decades marijuana education in this country has been based on scaring adults away from using marijuana. Now that marijuana is becoming legal in states around the country, it&#39;s time for a more realistic and honest approach,&quot; Mason Tvert, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, told the Daily News.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> MPP, the nation&#39;s largest pro-marijuana legalization group, is sparking the campaign in Denver with a billboard of a distraught woman and a warning for tourists.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;Don&#39;t let a candy bar ruin your vacation,&quot; it reads, alluding to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd&#39;s column about eating a bit too much of a pot candy bar in a Denver hotel.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> People interested in trying edible marijuana products are encouraged to start with a low dose of THC and only take a small bite at first. The effects can kick in up to two hours after swallowing &mdash; but you wouldn&#39;t know that from the anti-marijuana ads from the past that were filled with scare tactics and misinformation.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Those advertisements &mdash; often produced by agencies are organizations dedicated to maintaining marijuana prohibition &mdash; warned that pot use will make you fry your brain, hurt your children, disappoint your dog and even support terrorists.&quot;These are essentially abstinence-only campaigns, which we know don&#39;t work when it comes to behaviors that millions of people choose to engage in,&quot; Tvert said.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Like many others, Dowd probably saw plenty of these zero-tolerance War on Drugs or Just Say No advertisements, but not a single one about how to safely engage in the marijuana consumption if that is one&#39;s choice as an adult in a state where the drug is legal.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/marijuana-ad-campaign-promotes-responsible-consumption-article-1.1942863" target="_blank">http://www.nydailynews.com</a></div> Sour Grapes - Hybrid http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/sour-grapes-hybrid <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_1951_4.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="sour-grapes-hybrid-weed" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_1951_4.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 336px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_1951_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="sour-grapes-weed-1" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_1951_1.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_1951_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="sour-grapes-weed-3" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_1951_0.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/3_1951_3.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="sour-grapes-weed-5" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_1951_3.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 325px; 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/sour_grapes" target="_blank">Sour Grapes- 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 hybrid of Grape Ape and the legendary Sour Diesel, this strain is gaining more and more popularity. The buds are medium-sized, light-green and astonishingly coated with sticky trichromes. The aroma from these near-perfect nugs is fragrantly similar to white wine, citrus and fruit, with undertones of sour dank. The buds are somewhat fluffy and noticeably soft.</span></p> Northern Lights - Indica http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/northern-lights-indica-1 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3518_3.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="northern-lights-indica" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3518_3.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_3518_2.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="northern-lights-weed-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3518_2.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3518_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="northern-lights-3" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3518_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/47637_3518_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="northern-lights-4" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/47637_3518_0.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/northern_lights" target="_blank">Northern Lights - Indica</a></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <span style="color: rgb(125, 125, 125); font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', sans-serif;">Northern Lights is renowned for its ability to be grown very easily. The strain&#39;s reputation also comes from the fact that it has won competitions such as the Cannabis Cup. The #5 strain was first entered into competition 1989 when several seeds were mailed from the U.S.A. to Amsterdam. The strain quickly dominated the Cannabis Cup, winning in 1989, 1998, and again in 2009. It is a cross of Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa.</span></p> Marijuana Infused Frozen Pizza Is Every Lazy Stoners Dream Come True http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/marijuana-infused-frozen-pizza-is-every-lazy-stoners-dream-come-true <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="mj-infused-pizza" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/marijuana-infused-frozen-pizza-for-stoners.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 253px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></div> <div> Each six-inch pie is laced with 250 mg of THC</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Earlier this year, a pizzeria in Vancouver began offering pies with pot baked into them. Genius, yes, but what about the people who want to enjoy special pizza without having to leave their homes? What about them?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> This is where frozen weed-laced pizzas come in. Los Angeles-based company Stoned Oven Gourmet Medibles is now peddling what it calls Stoned Oven Gourmet Pizzas, LA Weekly reports. Started by 24-year-old &ldquo;ganja entrepreneur&rdquo; Henry Mark, the company sells these six-inch personal pizzas &mdash; which contain 250 mg of ethanol-extracted THC &mdash; to dispensaries scattered around LA for $10 each.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;You cannot taste one bit of marijuana in there,&rdquo; Mark tells LA Weekly. &ldquo;This pizza is really dangerous, because you can trick anyone!&rdquo; (We do not recommend using these pizzas to trick anyone.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Mark&rsquo;s advice is to eat a quarter of the pizza, drink some water, wait for a half hour and then assess the situation. Might be a good idea to have some marijuana-free frozen pizzas on hand too, so you can tend to your munchies without getting even higher. Your call.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://time.com/3386858/marijuana-frozen-pizza/" target="_blank">http://time.com</a></div> Choose Wisely = ) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/choose-wisely--1 <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/zelda-420-zelda-weed-fun-choose-wise.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="choose-wisely-zelda-weed" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/zelda-420-zelda-weed-fun-choose-wise.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 561px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> Teen Marijuana Use Continues To Decrease As Marijuana Reform Increases http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/teen-marijuana-use-continues-to-decrease-as-marijuana-reform-increases <div> <img alt="teen-marijuana-use-down-mj-reform" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/teen-marijuana-use-down-since-marijuana-reform.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 194px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />&lsquo;What about the children?&rsquo; That&rsquo;s a slogan that Kevin Sabet should wear on a T-shirt every time he travels to speak against marijuana reform for political purposes. Marijuana opponents like Kevin Sabet try very, very hard to make it sound like once marijuana is legalized and regulated, an epidemic of teens using marijuana will immediately follow. While Kevin Sabet can try to make that claim, math and logic don&rsquo;t support it. Per the Washington Post:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Opponents of legalization often argue that it leads to a declining perception of risks associated with marijuana use among teens, which in turn leads to increased rates of adolescent use. But while the latest NSDUH data shows a continued drop in perceived risk of marijuana use among adolescents, overall teen use rates have actually trended slightly downward.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Moreover, teens are also more likely to say that marijuana is difficult to obtain today than they were ten years ago. Taken together, these numbers suggest that evolving public attitudes toward marijuana use haven&rsquo;t made adolescents more likely to use the drug, nor have they made it easier to obtain.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> These findings come from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual, nationally-representative survey of roughly 70,000 Americans aged 12 and older. Because of its large sample size the survey is considered an authoritative account of the nature and scope of drug, alcohol and tobacco use in the United States.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> You may notice that those excerpts came from the Washington Post, the same Washington Post that earlier this week made the following claim in an anti-marijuana editorial urging readers to vote no on marijuana legalization in Washington D.C.:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&rsquo;s not been a year since Colorado became the first state to allow recreational marijuana use and, as the Smart Approaches to Marijuana has catalogued, there have been negative consequences, including increased instances of impaired driving and increased use by youth.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Fortunately for logic and reasoning, but unfortunate for the editorial staff at the Washington Post, teen use has not increased in America since two states legalized marijuana, and specifically, teen use has not increased in Colorado after legalization, which by the way was in 2012, not less than a year ago as the Washington Post stated in the second article I reference. Legalization and regulation makes it harder for teens to get their hands on marijuana, just as legalization and regulation makes it harder for teens to get their hands on tobacco and alcohol. Opponents can try to refute those facts as much as they would like, but when challenged with math and logic, marijuana opponents look quite stupid in doing so.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/teen-marijuana-use-decrease-marijuana-reform/" target="_blank">http://www.theweedblog.com</a></div> MK Ultra - Indica http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/mk-ultra-indica <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_771_5.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="mk-ultra-indica" 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/3_771_4.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="mk-ultra-1" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_771_4.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 299px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_771_3.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="mk-ultra-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_771_3.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 299px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_771_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="mk-ultra-3" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_771_1.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 336px; 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/mk_ultra" target="_blank">MK Ultra - Indica</a></span></span></strong></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <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></p> The NFL's Hazy Logic on Marijuana http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/the-nfls-hazy-logic-on-marijuana <div style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/nfls-hazy-logic-on-marijuana.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="nfl-hazy-mj-logic" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/nfls-hazy-logic-on-marijuana.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 303px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></div> <div> The National Football League is about to lighten up on pot. To a point.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> According to reports, the league and its players have agreed in principle to liberalize the NFL&rsquo;s marijuana policy, which for years has existed somewhere between &ldquo;Reefer Madness&rdquo; and a 1980s winners-don&rsquo;t-do-drugs public service announcement. Under the new rules, players still will be screened and punished for using marijuana, which remains a designated &ldquo;substance of abuse,&rdquo; akin to cocaine. However, pot-induced suspensions and banishments will require a higher number of failed tests than other substances, and the threshold for a positive marijuana test&mdash;how much of the drug needs to be in a player&rsquo;s urine to trigger a red flag&mdash;will more than double, though remain lower than thresholds used by Major League Baseball and the World Anti-Doping Association.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&rsquo;s a small win for common sense. The NFL&rsquo;s War on Weed&mdash;a struggle that famously cost former All-Pro running back Ricky Williams a season-long suspension and caused top talents like Randy Moss and Tyrann Mathieu to slip in the league&rsquo;s annual player draft&mdash;is increasingly out of step with both medical science and the culture at large. By relaxing its marijuana policy, the NFL is better aligning itself with contemporary America. It&#39;s also lessening the odds of repeating an embarrassing summer that saw the public ridicule the league for handing Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon a longer suspension for multiple failed pot tests (an entire season) than the one former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice initially received for coldcocking then-fianc&eacute; Janay Palmer in a hotel elevator (two games).</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> All of that said, if the NFL truly wanted to be progressive&mdash;or just plain smart&mdash;it would be better off ending its marijuana prohibition entirely. Just Say Yes? An enthusiastic embrace of weed to rival the sports world&rsquo;s longstanding love affair with alcohol? That might be premature. But a Don&rsquo;t Ask, Don&rsquo;t Tell attitude coupled with the careful adoption of medical marijuana? That would be better for the league&rsquo;s public image, and better for the health of the athletes who make professional football possible.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In general, sports organizations adopt and enforce drug bans for three intertwined reasons: (a) the substance in question acts as a performance-enhancer, giving users an unfair on-field advantage; (b) it unduly threatens athlete health and well-being, via dangerous side effects or addiction; (c) use and abuse unduly threatens an organization&rsquo;s bottom line, via negative fan perception. At first glance, marijuana arguably checks at least two of those boxes. It&rsquo;s largely illegal. It leaves users stoned. Weigh all of the available evidence, however, and a much stronger case can be made that pot checks none of those boxes&mdash;and that by continuing to crack down on its use, the NFL is only hurting itself.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Start with health harm. Marijuana isn&rsquo;t a completely innocuous drug. Side effects can include increased heart rate, dizziness, greater appetite, paranoia, and disorientation. On the other hand, all drugs&mdash;including alcohol and caffeine&mdash;have side effects, and marijuana&rsquo;s are relatively safe. No one in recorded human history has ever died from a pot overdose. It isn&rsquo;t physically addictive. Withdrawal symptoms are mild or nonexistent. Vaporizing the drug and/or ingesting edibles can eliminate the respiratory toxins associated with smoking it. After a six-year study, the United Kingdom Drug Policy Commission likened the risk of using cannabis to that of eating junk food. Should pro football ban Chicken McNuggets, too?</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Source:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/09/the-nfl-embraces-marijuana-finally/380246/" target="_blank">http://www.theatlantic.com</a></div> Banana Kush - Indica http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/banana-kush-indica <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3322_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-kush-indica" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/57730_3322_0.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_3322_5.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-kush-weed-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_5.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 114px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" />&nbsp;</a><a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_6.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-kush-weed-1" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_6.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_3.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="banana-kush-weed-4" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3322_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/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> New York Could Legalize Recreational Marijuana In 2015 http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/new-york-could-legalize-recreational-marijuana-in-2015 <div> <img alt="legalize-mj-by-2015" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/ny-could-legalize-recreational-marijuana-by-2015.png" style="width: 280px; height: 208px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />The state of New York could legalize marijuana for recreational use as early as 2015.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> State Sen. Liz Krueger (D) will reintroduce the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act during the next legislative session, which begins in January, her office confirmed to The Huffington Post on Monday.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;We&#39;re definitely introducing the bill next session,&quot; Brad Usher, Krueger&#39;s chief of staff, told HuffPost. &quot;We&#39;ve received a variety of feedback since we first introduced it last December and we&#39;re working on amending it, so we&#39;re looking to see what we can learn from Colorado and Washington when we reintroduce it.&quot;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Krueger&#39;s bill would permit the opening of retail marijuana dispensaries, which would be regulated by the State Liquor Authority. The bill would establish an excise tax on all marijuana sales, and adults would legally be able to possess up to two ounces of marijuana and grow up to six marijuana plants at home for personal use. Krueger introduced a similar bill in 2013 that also aimed to legalize the possession, use and sale of limited amounts of recreational marijuana, but the bill never made it out of committee.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Usher said that many of the changes to the measure for reintroduction in 2015 relate to how the tax is structured, as well as clarifying who would be able to work in the state&#39;s marijuana industry.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> New York is not a referendum state, which means that if next year&#39;s measure gets through the legislature and is signed into law, it will immediately go into effect and will not require a vote by New Yorkers. Colorado and Washington, both of which legalized recreational marijuana in 2012, did so through voter-approved ballot measures.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &quot;In some ways, not having a referendum makes it harder,&quot; Usher said. &quot;With referendum, you only need 50.1 percent support to win, but getting a bill through to law will probably require broader support to address the risk-averse character of some elected officials.&quot;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> One such official might be Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who has not made it clear whether he would support a bill that legalizes marijuana for recreational use. In January, Cuomo said that Colorado-style legalization in New York is &quot;a nonstarter for me.&quot;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Earlier this summer, New York became the 23rd state in the country to legalize medical marijuana. Moreover, the state decriminalized the possession of up to 25 grams of marijuana more than 30 years ago. Even so, New York, and especially New York City, remain plagued by an inordinate number of low-level marijuana arrests.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/15/new-york-recreational-marijuana_n_5825086.html" target="_blank">http://www.huffingtonpost.com</a></div> Before and After work ; ) http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/before-and-after-work- <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/before-work-and-after-work-the-relaxation-time.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="before-and-after-work" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/before-work-and-after-work-the-relaxation-time.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 450px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> Girl Suspended From High School For Writing About Marijuana In Journal http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/girl-suspended-from-high-school-for-writing-about-marijuana-in-journal <div> <img alt="girl-suspended-from-school-for-writing-about-mj" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/girl-suspended-from-school-for-writing-about-marijuana.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 157px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />As a former law student at a private university, and public policy major/legal studies minor as an undergrad, I studied constitutional law quite a bit. I took numerous courses that dealt with freedom of speech and search and seizures. Constitutional law always fascinated me because it&rsquo;s an area of law that affects every American citizen&rsquo;s lives at one point or another. To know constitutional law and how it has evolved over the years is to know the story of America as one of my professors always said.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Constitutional law and marijuana reform are very much connected. A case that highlights that connection is the case of Krystal Grayhorse, a high school student in the Dallas County School District who was suspended for over half a year because she wrote about marijuana in a private journal. She wasn&rsquo;t caught possessing marijuana. She didn&rsquo;t fail a drug test. She didn&rsquo;t write about marijuana as part of a high school assignment. She talked about marijuana in a private journal that she mistakenly left at school one day. When school officials got a hold of the journal and read the entry about marijuana, they decided that was enough to suspend Ms. Grayhorse for over half a school year, jeopardizing her graduation requirements, which will no doubt impact her life for years to come. Below are comments made by the student&rsquo;s father, per Springfield News Leader:</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Grayhorse said the notebook passages, which he was told about but never saw for himself, were cause for concern, but the punishment &mdash; not being allowed to return to school for seven months &mdash; was too drastic. He said the journal was confiscated by the school and has not been returned.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;She had no cannabis on her person,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;She gave it to no one.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> He said the discipline paperwork sent home from the school stated his daughter was suspended for &ldquo;possession of a controlled substance,&rdquo; which perplexes him. He said she was not tested for drugs.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;Her &lsquo;possession&rsquo; constitutes writing something?&rdquo; he asked. &ldquo;That is the alleged possession?&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> It&rsquo;s truly sad that a school district is willing to potentially ruin a student&rsquo;s life because they hate marijuana so much. Yes, there is a heightened level of scrutiny for students compared to adult citizens. But students don&rsquo;t leave their civil rights at the school house door. These were not comments made in a public forum. These were comments made in a journal where there was clearly a high expectation of privacy, and even if not, the journal entry didn&rsquo;t involve actual possession of marijuana, nor did the student fail a drug test. The student wasn&rsquo;t even asked to take a drug test. The school simply saw the word &lsquo;marijuana,&rsquo; freaked out, and instantly went on a mission to prosecute this girl the fullest extent. Shame on the school district. I hope the father sues and the school district has to pay out the nose.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Source;&nbsp;<strong><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:trebuchet ms,helvetica,sans-serif;"><a href="http://www.theweedblog.com/girl-suspended-high-school-writing-marijuana-journal/" target="_blank">http://www.theweedblog.com/</a></span></span></strong></div> Jack The Ripper - Hybrid http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/jack-the-ripper-hybrid <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/106451_3517_4.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="jack-the-ripper-hybrid" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/106451_3517_4.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 253px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3517_4.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="jack-the-ripper-weed-1" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3517_4.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_3517_3.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="jack-the-ripper-weed-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3517_3.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_3517_2.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="jack-the-ripper-weed-3" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_3517_2.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 413px; 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/jack_the_ripper_" target="_blank">Jack The Ripper - Hybrid</a></span></span></strong></p> People are auditioning for a new marijuana reality show. Its called "The Marijuana Show" http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/people-are-auditioning-for-a-new-marijuana-reality-show.-its-called-the-marijuana-show <div style="text-align: center;"> <img alt="marijuana-reality-show" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/the-marijuana-show-reality-tv-show.jpg" style="width: 450px; height: 450px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></div> <div> Nearly every industry has a reality show dedicated to it. &nbsp;Shipping stuff? Yes. Dog whispering? Check. Bounty hunters named Dog? Of course. Now, prospective legal marijuana tycoons can get in on the action.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> As Fox 31 Denver reported, 200 people showed up Saturday in Denver to audition for a new, Web-based marijuana reality show named &ldquo;The Marijuana Show.&rdquo; (No pot puns here, folks.)</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Here&rsquo;s how it works: People pitch their marijuana business ideas to investors, who will back projects by investing $25,000 to $1 million or more, co-creator Wendy Robbins told the Fox affiliate.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> In their online pitch, show co-creators Karen Paull and Robbins describe their project as &ldquo;The Shark Tank&rdquo; meets &ldquo;The Apprentice,&rdquo; but emphasize it&rsquo;ll be more like a dolphin tank rather than shark tank. They also have a higher vision in mind: to combat negative connotations around marijuana use. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really an important and potent herb and medicine and it needs to be legal,&rdquo; Robbins told Fox 31. &ldquo;That&rsquo;s why we are doing this.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re the puff the magic dragon of reality pitch shows. Basically, we don&rsquo;t wanna be rude,&rdquo; Robbins told 303 Magazine. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s really about educating, and us getting educated too, the world about the whole industry.&rdquo;</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> On Saturday, people pitched ideas to a panel, which will then choose six winners to head to a boot camp in New Mexico. From there, the contestants will prepare for October, when they will pitch investors back in Denver, the Fox affiliate reported. Audition pitches ranged from movie projects to a woman who wants to use cannabis in her flower shop designs, and the show will air online in November, CNN reported.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Read more: <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/09/15/people-are-auditioning-for-a-new-marijuana-reality-show-its-called-the-marijuana-show/" target="_blank">http://www.washingtonpost.com</a></div> Ace of Spades - Hybrid http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/ace-of-spades-hybrid <p style="text-align: center;"> <a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/47912_108_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="ace-of-spades-weed" 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_2.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="ace-of-spades-weed-1" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_2.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 100px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="ace-of-spades-weed-2" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_1.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 113px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_0.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="ace-of-spades-weed-4" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/strainimg/3_108_0.jpg" style="width: 150px; height: 95px; 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> Police chief: Legalize marijuana, use tax revenue to fund drug treatment http://www.thcfinder.com/marijuana-blog//2014/09/police-chief-legalize-marijuana-use-tax-revenue-to-fund-drug-treatment <div> <img alt="legalize-mj-says-police-chief" src="http://www.thcfinder.com/uploads/files/legalize-mj-says-chief.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 140px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" />Madison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used to fund treatment programs for harder drugs.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The comments came during an interview with the State Journal Wednesday about data showing African-Americans in Madison were arrested or cited for marijuana offenses at about 12 times the rate of whites in the city.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Koval called efforts to enforce laws against marijuana an &ldquo;abject failure,&rdquo; and said the same about the broader war on drugs. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve done such an abysmal job using marijuana as a centerpiece of drug enforcement, that it&rsquo;s time to reorder and triage the necessities of what&rsquo;s more important now,&rdquo; Koval said.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Referring to the states of Washington and Colorado, which have legalized the drug for recreational use and sell it at state-regulated stores, he said it was time for Wisconsin to consider doing the same.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Koval said he would like to see the state &ldquo;acknowledge the failure&rdquo; of marijuana prohibition and instead focus on the &ldquo;infinite amount of challenges&rdquo; posed by drugs such as heroin. Taxes from the legal sale of marijuana, he said, would create state revenue that could then be used to fund drug treatment and expand the capacity of drug court programs that divert addicts from the criminal justice system.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Once relegated to the fringe of the political spectrum, proponents of marijuana legalization have seen their numbers swell in recent years. Along with Washington and Colorado, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medical use.</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> The cause has not advanced</div> <div> &nbsp;</div> <div> Read more:&nbsp;<a href="http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime_and_courts/police-chief-legalize-marijuana-use-tax-revenue-to-fund-drug/article_18e580e6-fe29-5aad-a917-4f253b9144a7.html" target="_blank">http://host.madison.com</a></div>