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Colorado Health Officials Recommend Grants For Marijuana Research

Category: News | Posted on Wed, November, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
colorado-officials-recommend-mj-research-grantsSomething you hear marijuana opponents say over and over is that ‘there needs to be more marijuana research conducted’ before they support reform. That of course is usually only a delay tactic, proven by the fact that these same marijuana opponents fight marijuana research efforts as much as possible. I think deep down they know that research will be favorable to the marijuana movement. Fortunately for marijuana supporters, Colorado health officials have announced their recommendations for 8 marijuana research grants. Per the Denver Post:
 
Colorado health officials have recommended funding two studies on childhood epilepsy, two studies on post-traumatic stress disorder and four other studies as part of the largest-ever state research program on medical marijuana.
 
The studies — totaling about $7.5 million in cost — would be paid for by a surplus of registration fees paid by medical marijuana patients. The grants need final approval by the state Board of Health in December. Research could begin early next year.
 
“We hope the studies will contribute to the scientific research available about the use of marijuana in effectively treating various medical conditions,” Larry Wolk, the executive director of the state health department, said in a statement.
 
Marijuana is medicine. It sounds like such a simple statement, but it’s a statement that marijuana opponents seem to try to refute as much as they can. I can’t wait until these studies are concluded and the results are released. The results will be added to the mountain of evidence that backs up the claim that ‘marijuana is medicine.’ Future generations will look back on the marijuana opponents of this generation and wonder why there was so much fuss, and why anyone ever believed them in the first place.
 

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Cherry Pie (Indica)

Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, November, 26th 2014 by THCFinder

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Cherry Pie - Indica

Cherry Pies parents are Grand Daddy Purple and OG Kush. With buds that are dense and full or orange hairs and a touch of purple, the scent of this strain smells of sweet and sour cherry pie. The high has been known to come on in minutes and stick around for a couple hours. Great for stress, pain relief and depression.


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Five Jobs The Cannabis Industry Creates

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, November, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
5-jobs-the-cannabis-industry-createsThe economy is doing poorly and the people are beginning to really suffer from the effects. No matter if you go to school and get a degree or you go to school for ten years and become a doctor. Chances are, you’re having trouble finding jobs if you don’t have one or just constantly struggling to pay the bills. But with cannabis approval growing rapidly in the US and with more states legalizing the plant, it seems like benefits for medical users aren’t the only positive effect of a legal cannabis market. There are many jobs that the industry could create if allowed. Here are just five of these jobs that could be benefitting the people of the working class.
 
 
Budtender
Much like the more common bartender, a bud tender is someone who gives the medicine to the patients. Different then a pharmacist in the sense that the people working to sell cannabis to patients or recreational users are genuinely concerned about the people buying pot. You don’t need a degree to be a bud tender and while you can’t accept tips like a bartender, the gratification from this job is all you need. 
 
 
Grower
Someone needs to grow the plants to sell in the stores, right? Growing cannabis is a full time job. The plants need constant attention to achieve the level of perfection that’s necessary for store sold cannabis. There are constant problems that present themselves to those that choose to grow. From pests to thieves, having a garden is hard work but eventually, it does pay off. Both in monetary gain and a feeling of accomplishment that the garden will make people happy long after it’s been cut down.
 
 
Edible maker
Cooking with bud isn’t as easy as you think, especially if you’re getting creative. Some people can whip up the most delicious food containing weed and some people… Just can’t. Making edibles is more like a science than anything else and the patients who can’t smoke do love enjoying treats. Soon enough, I’m sure little food delivery trucks will pop up, much like Meals-On-Wheels, containing amazing medicated dinners for it’s customers.
 
 
Trimmer
The buds aren’t going to look so perfectly manicured by themselves! After the harvest has been cut, the buds must be trimmed carefully to be ready for sale. Trimmers don’t make a lot of money but a lot of the time, they get paid more in free weed that they’ve trimmed themselves. Again, companied with a feeling of self-accomplishment, this job would be great for someone trying to break in to the business and work their way to the top.
 
 
Concentrate Master
This profession would only be for someone who knows what they’re doing. Making concentrates can be dangerous if not done under the right conditions and it’s important that these people especially take care with their craft. Creating concentrates that are a high enough quality to be sold is tough. From BHO to ice wax to RSO, this product must be extremely high in quality. Those that tend to gravitate towards making concentrates usually have a background in engineering or chemistry, as the knowledge needed to do this is extreme.

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Darth Vader - Hybrid

Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, November, 25th 2014 by THCFinder

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Darth Vader - Hybrid

Darth Vader OG is an indica dominant strain, the child of Kush and Afghani. The bud has a very dark purple hue, which gives this strain its name. The scent is sweet with a slight sour grape background. The taste is a little bit skunky, but has a background of sweet grape finish.


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COLORADO MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES OFFERING BLACK FRIDAY SALES

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Tue, November, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
co-dispensaries-offering-black-friday-dealsFrom new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Dispensaries in many states have been offering holiday specials for medical customers for years - but this first season of open-to-all-adults marijuana sales in some states means pot shops are using more of the tricks used by traditional retailers to attract holiday shoppers.
 
Here's a look at how the new recreational marijuana industry is trying to attract holiday shoppers:
 
OLD-FASHIONED DOORBUSTERS
 
Traditional retailers sell some items below cost to drive traffic and attract sales. Recreational marijuana retailers are doing the same.
 
The Grass Station in Denver is selling an ounce of marijuana for $50 - about a fifth of the cost of the next-cheapest strain at the Colorado dispensary - to the first 16 customers in line Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That works out to less than $1 a joint for the ambitious early-rising pot shopper. Owner Ryan Fox says his Black Friday pot is decent quality, and says he's selling below cost to attract attention and pick up some new customers. As Colorado dispensaries approach a year of being able to sell weed to all adults over 21, not just card-carrying medical patients, Fox says retailers have to do more than just sell pot to get public attention.
 
Pot shops are using old and new media to tout the sales. One dispensary is taking out a full-page "Happy Danksgiving" ad in The Denver Post and is inviting shoppers to text a code for extra savings.
 
VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS
 
Sweets and marijuana seem to go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows. Many dispensaries this time of year resemble a Starbucks at the mall, with holiday spices and festive music in the air. One of the state's largest edible-pot makers, Sweet Grass Kitchen, debuted a new miniature pumpkin pie that delivers about as much punch as a medium-sized joint. The pie joins holiday-spiced teas, minty pot confections and cannabis-infused honey oil for those who want to bake their own pot goodies at home. Even some edibles makers that specialize in savory foods, not sweets, are putting out some sugary items for the holidays. "It just tastes too good, we had to do it," Better Baked owner Deloise Vaden said of her company's holiday line of cannabis-infused sweet-potato and pumpkin pies.
 
HOLIDAY STRAINS
 
Some shops are angling for high-end holiday shoppers, not an increase in foot traffic. Colorado Harvest and Evergreen Apothecary timed the release of some top-shelf strains of potent pot for the holiday season. Spokeswoman Ann Dickerson says they're "sort of like the best bourbon or Scotch that will be competing on quality, rather than price."
 
GIFT WRAPPING
 
What holiday shopper doesn't appreciate free gift wrapping? Or a gift set ready to pop under the tree? The Growing Kitchen is making $49.99 gift sets for both the medical and recreational pot user. The sets include the edible-pot maker's new Mighty Mint cookie, a pot-infused confection new for the holiday shopping season, along with marijuana-infused salves for muscles sore from the ski slopes. Other dispensaries are offering free gift totes and stockings with purchases.
 
GIFT CARDS
 
For the shopper who wants to give pot but doesn't know how the recipient likes to get high, Colorado's 300 or so recreational dispensaries so far have been able to issue only handwritten gift certificates. That's because banking regulations prohibit major credit cards companies from being able to back marijuana-related gift cards the way they do for other retailers.
 
Just this month, a Colorado company started offering pot shops a branded gift card they can sell just like other retailers. The cards are in eight Denver dispensaries so far, and coming soon will be loyalty cards similar to grocery-store loyalty cards that track purchases and can be used to suggest sales or new products to frequent shoppers.
 

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Blunts or Joints?

Category: Fun | Posted on Tue, November, 25th 2014 by THCFinder

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