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Feds Can No Longer Raid State Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
feds-can-no-longer-raid-mmj-dispensariesFederal agents will no longer be able to raid medical marijuana dispensaries in states where medical marijuana is legal under a provision included in the $1.1 trillion spending law President Obama signed December 16.
 
Enactment of the law changes a two-decade-long battle between the states and the federal government. Although 32 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, the Drug Enforcement Administration still classifies it as a Schedule I drug, the same class as heroin, LSD, and ecstasy, which signifies it has no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.
 
Before this law, the Justice Department could shut down dispensaries that states legally opened, although under the Obama Administration the department had kept its distance. Under the measure, included in the 1603-page law, federal agents would be prohibited from such raids. The government also cannot interfere in implementation of states' medical marijuana laws, under the amendment cosponsored by Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and Democrat Rep. Sam Farr, both of California.
 
"This is a victory for so many," Rohrabacher said in a statement, "including scores of our wounded veterans, who have found marijuana to be an important medicine for some of the ailments they suffer, such as PTSD, epilepsy, and [multiple sclerosis]."
 
The move is also a victory for medical marijuana advocates and dispensary owners and operators.
 
Pharmacist Joseph Friedman, RPh, in Lincolnshire, Illinois, has applied to open three dispensaries in Illinois. He told Medscape Medical News the move brings "a sigh of relief" and adds a layer of protection for owners and operators of dispensaries.
 
"Every day these dispensary owners open their doors, they had in the shadow the risk of the feds coming in and shutting them down for any number of reasons," he said. "That's not to say that the ones selling to children or that are close to schools or doing anything under the table don't deserve to get shut down.
 
"We had only heard up until this point that the federal government wouldn't fund any more raids on dispensaries, so this just makes it official," he said.
 

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Sour Grapes - Hybrid

Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder

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Sour Grapes - Hybrid

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.


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What strain are you smoking on today?

Category: Tokers | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder

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What Is The Difference Between THC And CBD?

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
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What Is The Difference Between Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) And Cannabidiol (CBD)?
The cannabis plant contains dozens of cannabinoids. The most well known cannabinoid for a long time has been tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but as more scientific research is conducted involving cannabis and its ability to be used as a medicine, more and more people are learning about other cannabinoids, expecially cannabidiol (CBD). The last couple of years interest in CBD has grown exponentially, as it’s been featured on numerous television episodes showing how well it works in treating people who suffer from severe epilepsy. One of the most common questions I get asked these days is ‘what is the difference between THC and CBD?’
 
The most important thing that I try to get people to grasp is that THC will get you high (assuming you consume enough of it) and CBD will not. THC has psychoactive properties that affect your brain and give you a ‘buzz’ while CBD does not. I have talked to many, many people that avoided medical cannabis at all costs simply and only because they didn’t want to be high all the time. Once they understand that there are dozens of cannabinoids, and that they all don’t get you stoned (specifically CBD), they are much more open to the idea of trying medical cannabis.
 
A brief description of THC is below, via Wikipedia:
 
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), or more precisely its main isomer (−)-trans-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol ( (6aR,10aR)-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol), is the principal psychoactive constituent (or cannabinoid) of the cannabis plant. First isolated in 1964 by Israeli scientists Raphael Mechoulam and Yechiel Gaoni at the Weizmann Institute of Science[8][9][10] it is a water-clear glassy solid when cold, which becomes viscous and sticky if warmed.
 
A brief explanation of CBD is below, via Project CBD:
 
Cannabidiol — CBD— is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC. The fact that CBD-rich cannabis doesn’t get one high makes it an appealing treatment option for patients seeking anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic, and/or anti-spasm effects without troubling lethargy or dysphoria.
 
To sum up, if you want to get high, consume strains or products made from strains that are high in THC. If you don’t want to get high, but want to still get the medical benefits of cannabis, consume strains or products made from strains that are high in CBD. Be aware that all cannabinoids (THC, CBD, and beyond) have a medical benefit, and it’s important to research which strains contain which levels of cannabinoids, and what cannabinoids are best suited for the particular conditions you are trying to treat. I will be writing more articles moving forward on what strains work best for what conditions.
 
It’s worth noting that just because someone claims that ‘X’ strain is known to have a certain percentage of THC and CBD, doesn’t mean that every plant ever produced of that strain will always have those percentages and ratios of THC and CBD. Different grow methods and factors can change those levels, so always make sure what you are buying has been tested by a reputable testing facility if cannabinoid levels are important to you.
 

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MK Ultra - Indica

Category: Nugs | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder

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MK Ultra - Indica

A heavy-hitting indica that comes from a cross of G-13 and O.G. Kush. Don'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.


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Uruguay; One Year Later

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
uruguay-and-weedCan you believe that it’s already been a year since Uruguay legalized cannabis use for everyone? It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long but it has. And since then, it has been dubbed the “great experiment”. But the government hit a rough road over the last few months, with public sentiment continuing to go against legal cannabis and a rising presidential candidate in the country has vowed to repeal much of the law if elected. 
 
 
Voters in Uruguay granted the leftist Broad Front coalition another presidential term by electing 74 year old oncologist Tebare Vazquez over center-right National Party candidate Luis Lacalle Pou, 53% to 40%. In doing this, Uruguay managed to solidify its left leaning status and kept the country’s legal marijuana system alive, along with the government’s blossoming dispensary system. So for now, the Uruguay experiment continues. How have the effects been over the last year, though?
 
 
The laws in Uruguay allow private citizens to cultivate up to six plants in their houses and they can also form private grow clubs that produce significantly more. But all of the sales must go through the federal government, which is supposed to be setting up a network of dispensaries and determine prices. Each customer must register with a database that is run by the Ministry of Health and is restricted to buying 40 grams a month, more than most actually end up consuming. The prices were set at about $1 a gram, close to the street price of illicit marijuana that is imported from Paraguay. Smoking cannabis on the job remains illegal as does operating any kind of vehicles. Violators will be punished with fines up to $87, along with other penalties including destruction of the stash and elimination from the registry. 
 
 
While the government was supposed to set up a system, they’re still working on it. In November of this year, the National Board of Drugs said that they had to push back their open date to March. Progress was expected to be slow, as the government didn’t want the project to be rushed. “We are not just going to say ‘hands off and let the market take care of it,” President Jose Mujica told AFP this past July. “If the market is in charge, it is going to seek to sell the greatest possible amount.”
 
 
In short, nothing terrible has happened in Uruguay since the cannabis legalization passed. People seem to be doing okay, growing their marijuana in peace. The number of people smoking tobacco has decreased from 32% to 12% since 2005 and only 14% of Uruguayans between the ages of 16 and 64 have used marijuana. The legalization has also decreased the use of something called prensado paraguayo, a compressed blend of leaves, glue, oil, feces, chemicals, and so on.

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