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Five Top Marijuana Stories of 2014

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, January, 8th 2015 by THCFinder
top-mj-stories-2015Colorado and Washington Legalize Weed
A year ago on January 1st, Colorado legalized marijuana for recreational purposes. Washington followed suit a few months later in July, opening up a handful of retail marijuana shops. “Colorado has shown the world that cannabis can be safely bought and sold,” says Mike Elliot, executive director at the Marijuana Industry Group. “Colorado’s economy boomed, with thousands of new jobs,” he continues. “And we also saw evidence of decreases in violent crime, traffic fatalities, and teen marijuana consumption.” Even though there are still black market happenings going on and the confusion over edibles is still apparent, most of the things that have happened to Colorado and Washington since legalizing haven’t really been that bad. 
 
 
Marijuana Groups Fund Legalization In Oregon, Alaska, and Nationwide
Marijuana Policy Project decided to put $700,000 towards the Alaska’s Yes on Ballot Measure 2 in November. That’s more than 80% of their fundraising. The ballot stated that cannabis should be treated like alcohol in the state of Alaska and it won. Add on the fact that the Drug Policy Alliance pushed for legalization in Oregon, giving at least $780,000 to the Yes on Ballot Measure 91. The money helped to pay for commercials, sidewalk chalk messages on college campuses, and get-out-the-vote efforts. Oregon’s ballot also won. 
 
 
No One Got Marijuana Infused Halloween Candy
Even though police have repeatedly warned parents about bringing their kids Trick-Or-Treating in medical marijuana states (or legal states), there still hasn’t been a single incident of someone giving a child candy with marijuana in it. Considering that most medicated treats take a considerable amount of money to buy or a good amount of weed to make, there really isn’t any motive for stoners to dish out their stash when a bag of regular candy can be bought at the dollar store for a buck.
 
 
The Marley Family Raises Big Pot
The Marley’s appeared on NBC’s Today Show and announced their plan for Marley Natural. The company will be the first global brand of marijuana and it is being launched with the support of around $50 million in private equity. Marley Natural wants to be a modern consumer product, unlike a lot of the other companies around that promote using girls dressed in bikinis and growers that sell strains like Alaskan Thunderfuck. The company plans to cleanly market and sell their product of loose buds, concentrates, or oils. Many smaller growers were shocked at this move, as they had mostly expected the industry to remain based around smaller scale grow ops and businesses. Alcohol and tobacco are also worried about the rise of Big Pot. They are concerned with whether or not marijuana with compliment or compete with their already established industries. 
 
 
Mainstream Marijuana
In 2014, there were a lot of people who admitted that they had used marijuana at some point in their lives. President Obama started with saying, “I smoked pot as a kid, I viewed it as a bad habit and a vice, not very different from the cigarettes that I smoked as a young person through a big chunk of my adult life. I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol.” After that, the New York Times editorial board came out in support of marijuana legalization with a statement saying that the 40 years of criminalization have come at the price of “inflicting great harm on s society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol."

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Deadhead OG - Hybrid

Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, January, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

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Deadhead OG - Hybrid

Deadhead OG is bred by The Cali Connection and is a 60/40 hybrid of '91 Chemdawg X SFV OG. The plant grows to medium height and typically finishes flowering between 65 and 75 days. Good for insomnia, anxiety and pain.


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Poll: Overwhelming Support For Medical Marijuana In Virginia

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, January, 7th 2015 by THCFinder
virginia-mmj-support-overwhelmingA new poll was released yesterday by Public Policy Polling. The poll asked Virginia residents a total of nine questions relating to marijuana reform. Below are some of the questions asked, along with the results. As you can see, there is strong support for reform in Virginia right now:
 
1. Do you support or oppose changing the law in Virginia to allow seriously and terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana for a limited number of conditions if their doctors
recommend it? Yes – 74%, No – 21%
 
2. Would you be more or less likely to vote for your state legislator in the next election if he/she voted to allow seriously and terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana if their
doctors recommend it? Yes – 64%, No – 22%
 
3. Under current Virginia law, it is a criminal offense for a person to possess a small amount of marijuana, for which he or she can be sentenced to up to 30 days in jail and fined up
to $500. Would you support or oppose a change in the law to make it a civil, not criminal, offense to possess an ounce or less of marijuana for personal use, punishable by a fine of up to $100, but without jail time? Yes – 60%, No 32%
 
4. The voters in four states have changed their laws to allow marijuana to be regulated and taxed similarly to alcohol for adults aged 21 and older. Would you support or oppose changing Virginia law to regulate and tax marijuana similarly to alcohol, where stores would be licensed to sell marijuana to adults 21 and older? Yes 49%, No 44%
 
Hopefully Virginia politicians are looking at the poll results and see that the time is right for reform, especially for medical marijuana in Virginia. Is there any other issue in Virginia that is supported by 74% of citizens?
 

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Strawberry Kush - Indica

Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, January, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

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Strawberry Kush - Indica

Strawberry Kush (Strawberry Cough x OG Kush) is a California sensation and a growers dream as the OG Kush helps to hulk out the notoriously finicky and low yielding Strawberry Cough. The smell is very fruity (like Strawberries) with earthy and chemy overtones from the OG. The taste of more typical of Chemdawg, with a fruity aftertaste. The effect is a very uplifting sativa high


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Colorado; One Year Mark

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, January, 7th 2015 by THCFinder
colorado-one-year-markJanuary 1st will mark the one year anniversary of legal marijuana in the state of Colorado. They have been working extremely hard to regulate the sale and taxation of marijuana over the course of the year and the sales have constantly been through the roof. People lined up for blocks on the first day in order to get their hands on some of the legal weed. There have been plenty of ups and downs of the last year but the state is standing strong, even after neighboring states Oklahoma and Nebraska sued Colorado, hoping that the US Supreme Court will rule that legalized recreational cannabis is unconstitutional since it effects the neighboring states. 
 
 
“I think myself and almost every elected official in the state of Colorado, we didn’t want to be the social laboratory but our voters passed it by a large margin - 55 to 45,” states John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado and someone who actually opposes marijuana legalization. “And we accept that this is going to be one of the great social experiments of the next 50 years.” 
 
 
The state of Colorado has more than 800 outlets that allow the sale of marijuana. In Denver, there are more weed stores than Starbucks. But the state is seeing the benefits of such heavy marijuana sales. The tax revenue in the first nine months of legalization made the state $43 million in taxes. Local municipalities collected millions more than that. Taxing cannabis has proven to be extremely beneficial for the state, even though there have been issues like the edible regulation and dosing. 
 
 
Another low point of the Colorado legal weed trade is the fact that testing has been tough. Genifer Murray, the founder of Cannalabs, says that she’s found ecoli, mildew, and mold in some of the strains that she’s tested in her lab. It is extremely important that the strains coming out of the shops are the highest of quality. But there are some growers out there that happen to be producing less than desirable products.
 
 
But while the lows have been low, the highs are pretty high as well. The Colorado symphony made pot pay, raising money with bring-your-own-bud parties. The taxes from the plant are still making bank and the people keep visiting the state in order to get a glimpse at one of the most successful marijuana business states. All in all, Colorado is doing pretty well. 

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The Road To Marijuana Acceptance

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, January, 6th 2015 by THCFinder
road-mmj-acceptanceEven though people have been using marijuana for many different purposes for thousands of years, President Nixon still decided to start the war on drugs in 1970, signing the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act, which includes the Controlled Substances Act, as part of the “war”. Congress then proceeded to mark cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance, saying that it has a high potential for abuse, no medical use, and no safety standards in medically supervised treatments. So the government made cannabis and everything to do with it illegal. 
 
 
Starting in 1996 in California, people began to fight back. When the sunny west coast state passed the Compassionate Use Act Initiative, it amended the California Constitution. More states followed California’s move, allowing the use of medical marijuana. Now, there are 23 states that allow patients to ingest, cultivate, and purchase marijuana. Then, in 2012, Colorado and Washington took the next step and made marijuana fully legal in their states, meaning anyone over the age of 21 could possess the plant and ingest it in their homes. 2014 brought more changes in the states, with Alaska, Oregon, and Washington DC legalizing recreational marijuana as well. 
 
 
Unfortunately for states, the federal government still interfered with the laws that were passed. Even after a series of changes to the Controlled Substance Act, saying that the states could enforce their own laws, there were still issues with federal officials butting their heads in to marijuana businesses. Raids were at an all time high and even those people who were allowed to use marijuana according to state law were worried for their legal safety. But on October 28, 2014, the Department of Justice issued a memorandum saying that Native American tribes will be permitted to grow and sell marijuana on their land. This includes tribes that are located in illegal states. The tribes are required to put forth a strict regulatory system that will protect federal priorities, like the distribution of the plant to minors. 
 
 
Following the passing of that memorandum, December 14, 2014 brought more change with Congress passing the 2014 Continuing Resolution Omnibus spending bill. It actually prevents the Department of Justice, which includes the FBI and DEA, from interfering with medical marijuana laws. The DOJ is also prohibited from using any federal funds to prevent states from creating medical marijuana structures that include cultivation, distribution, and consumption of medical marijuana. 

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