Washington DC City Council Passes Marijuana Decriminalization
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, March, 5th 2014 by THCFinder
Washington, DC, is set to become the next entity to decriminalize small-time marijuana possession after the city council Tuesday gave final approval to a decriminalization bill. The bill must still be approved by Mayor Vincent Gray, who has signaled support for decriminalization.
But even after the mayor signs off, the measure will not become law until Congress has completed a required legislative review. That process could last into the summer.
The “Marijuana Possession Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2014″ (Council Bill 20-409) removes the threat of arrests for the possession of less than an ounce and replaces it with a $25 fine, the lowest fine in any state that has decriminalized. In setting the fine so low, council members cited homelessness in the District and high poverty rates in areas of the city that have seen the highest numbers of arrests.
Police still can, however, seize your marijuana and whatever you used to smoke it. And public use of marijuana remains a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in jail.
“This is a big step forward for our nation’s capital, as well as our nation as a whole. Clearly, marijuana prohibition’s days are numbered in the United States,” said Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project, which supported the bill. “We should not be saddling people with criminal records simply for using a substance that is less harmful than alcohol,” Riffle said. “Law enforcement resources should be used to address serious crimes, not to arrest and prosecute adults for possessing small amounts of marijuana. Neither the District nor any of the states can afford to continue criminalizing adults for marijuana possession.”
“For far too long, people of color have been disproportionately and unfairly arrested and marginalized for marijuana possession in the District of Columbia. DC council members took the first critical step today toward ending the selective enforcement of marijuana prohibition policies that have perpetuated racial disparities in the criminal justice system for decades,” said Grant Smith, policy manager with the Drug Policy Alliance, which also supported the bill.
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Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, March, 5th 2014 by THCFinder
Hippies Vs Hustlers
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, March, 5th 2014 by THCFinder
There are many different kinds of stoner out there. From the lazy stoner to the successful, everyone is beginning to smoke pot. It's more rare to find someone who doesn't smoke these days. Although it seems that lately, according to the social media world, there are two main categories that are springing up. On one side, there are stoners who are more earthy, more environmental and on the other, are the stoners that "hustle" and are focused on money making rather then anything else.
The hippie of today is not the usual tie-dye wearing, flowering throwing pothead of the 60s and 70s. While these people may not appear to be hippies on the outside (I only own one thing that's tie-dye and it's black, grey, and white tie-dye...), on the inside, they're very in tune with themselves and the environments around them. Usually, these stoners are the ones who do the juicing (which everyone should be doing because of the amazing health benefits), yoga, and use crystals to help calm themselves in addition to weed. Hippies today may not seem like their long lost ancestors but their goal is the same; to just chill!
While the hippies are hanging out doing yoga and taking bong rips, the motivated is off getting shit done! These people are goal orientated and ready to take on the days challenges but only after smoking a great deal of bud. Usually, the hustler stoners like to show off a bit much, making them slightly ostentatious but their intentions are good. They just want to make money and be a success. Can't argue with that! Hustler stoners are sure to provide a fun time if you hang out with them as well, seeing as how their bombastic personalities seem to attract positive attention. The hustlers also tend to have extremely good taste in bud, making sure that their strains are as great as their paychecks!
There will always be subcategories in the stoner community and they will always be compared. Whether you're a hippie or a hustler, it's all about the fact that we're smoking. Patients, recreational users, or those who just support but don't smoke can agree that the cannabis community (for the most part) is a great movement to be a part of. Full of positive people working towards an even more positive goal of having cannabis accepted everywhere, the marijuana industry will only grow from this point on, regardless of these cliques we always seem to fall in to!
Marijuana May Reduce Brain Damage From Alcohol
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, March, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
The battle between cannabis and alcohol is a harsh one. Most people acknowledge the fact that alcohol is probably the more dangerous of the two, with it's high risk of a fatal car crash if driving while drunk or the possibility of an overdose. Cannabis still to this day has zero deaths attributed to it. Alcohol also has the potential to seriously damage the human brain, causing problems with memory, cognitive functions, and speech. But due to a study released by the University of Kentucky and the University of Maryland, it is now apparent that cannabis may reduce the brain damaging effects of booze.
CBD is the substance that assists with this repairing of the brain. The study showed that the effect of the CBD on the alcoholic patients showed that CBD could definitely be considered a cure for this affliction after more research and trials. CBD is a strong antioxidants, along with the other substance that's found most commonly in cannabis, THC. These two antioxidants work together to repair the brain's neuro degeneration that's due to over ingestion of alcohol. The study went on to state that "it has been suggested that the neuro protective effects of CBD observed during binge alcohol induced neuro degeneration are due to it's high antioxidant qualities".
The study consisted of rat models being given both a skin patch and an injection of CBD. In the findings, it showed that both methods produced serious results, with the CBD rats showing "similar magnitudes of neuro protection", approximately 50% more. So either method of CBD ingestion has been shown to reduce the amount of alcohol brain damage and more studies will be conducted in order to progress to human trials. This is a huge breakthrough in the cannabis community, seeing as how there are no treatments available today that can reduce the effects of alcohol on the brain. CBD is a bright future for those who have managed to binge drink themselves to a point where they need help to fix the damage.
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