Owner Says Cannabis Seeds 'Souvenirs'
The owner of the Nirvana chain of head shops, Jim Bellamy, has denied plant cultivation kits being sold in his outlets and on his websites are encouraging people to grow cannabis plants. Mr Bellamy told The Irish Times the equipment his shops sells are sold for “horticultural purposes”. “We don’t selling anything to people so that they can grow cannabis,” he said. While his shops were also selling cannabis seeds, he said the seeds were not banned here and were only sold by his outlets as “souvenirs”. “We have always sold them as souvenirs, it’s something that we’ve done as a tradition really.” Since the enactment of the Psychoactive Substances Act last year, he had reduced his number of shops from eight to three. “There were about 100 (head) shops at one time and we were the wholesaler to almost all of them, but most have gone now. It’s not very profitable and we might close down.” Asked if Nirvana had been more aggressive in selling the plant cultivation kits since the psychoactive products head shops once specialised in were banned, Mr Bellamy said: “I don’t know really, I haven’t been well so I haven’t been around much. It is all we really have left to sell.”
One staff member at one of Mr Bellamy’s shops in Dublin said the grow kits on sale were for growing plants and were not sold for the purposes of growing cannabis. “We are just like any other gardening shop,” he said. Nirvana shops and the company’s Nirvanagrow website offers plant cultivation starter kits for between €385 and €895. These kits consisted of a “homebox” and high wattage lights. The homebox is effectively a small tent-like structure with white lining inside. The white lining reflects the bright lights inside the structure onto the plants growing inside and helps to maintain a very high level of heat emitted from the lights. A basic watering system is also included to keep the plants hydrated while growing in such a bright and warm environment.
Nirvanagrow also offers the homeboxes, lighting and other items for sale as individual items. For advanced growers, Nirvanagrow also offers for sale ventilation systems to remove excess heat and odour from environments where large numbers of plants are growing. Timers and pumps are also on sale and these are generally used to keep large numbers of plants watered using irrigation systems run automatically to avoid the need to manually water large numbers of plants. Mylar, reflective tin-foil style sheeting, is also on sale. This can be used to line the walls of rooms in which quantities of hundreds of plants could be grown as opposed to growing a small number in homeboxes. Hand-held meters, some costing over €200, are also offered for sale to allow growers test for the optimum heat and moisture in the growing environment and to ensure the pH balance is correct in soil where plants are growing.
The Stars Are High
Here in this post were going to bring to you a couple of celebs that like to get high just as much as you and I. Below we have some of the most popular stars either admitting to smoking weed or are still doing it but who knows.
First we have Justin Timberlake who has always been very open about how he like to take a toke of a joint now and then. Justin Timberlake also admitted that when he was “Punk’d” by Ashton Kutcher he was literally “Stoned out of his mind”.
Next are Seth Rogen and James Franco, the directors of the very successful movie “Pineapple Express”. They admitted to smoking weed but I’m pretty sure we all guessed that when they took out a joint and shared it on stage at the MTV Movie Awards some time back.
And finally to bring this post to a close we have Michelle Phillips who made the statement in 2001 that "Marijuana should definitely be legalized. I think we should let everyone smoke it without fear of being thrown in jail. It's the greatest drug in the world” so if that’s not and admissions to smoking Marijuana then I don’t really know what is.
Changes to Medical Marijuana Regulations
Some state lawmakers are proposing changes to medical marijuana regulations in Colorado. House bill 11-1043 was introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives in early January. The bill would make numerous changes to the current law, including changing residency requirements for dispensary owners, and protecting medical marijuana patients in the case that their medical records are released. Tom McMenamim with Levity Wellness says of the proposed changes, "a great deal of them are very good”. But he says over the past few months, additional proposals pertaining to surveillance are beginning to add up to a hefty price tag, "it would cost us many thousands of dollars for us to do it the way they want us to do it".
McMenamim agrees, regardless, in this ever-changing industry, the strong businesses will survive and the proposals will do the industry well in the eyes of the doubting public, “the struggle is to make this business legitimate, and, the more things that we can do so that people see this is not just a flash in the pan, it’s a business that’s going to be around, and more and more people are going to want to utilize this product". Richard Perkins with A Wellness Centers agrees, "there’s always going to be some adjustments, like any industry that’s this new, but for the most part I think everything’s going well pretty far, Its just going to take some time to polish some things out”. He says many of the proposed changes would be good for the industry, and like McMenamim, says, "I mean a lot of it legitimizes the industry and allows us to take it out of the back alley so to speak and put it more on the forefront of the community and let everyone know what its about and what we can do to offer what services we can offer to help them”.
Cops Bust $1.2M Marijuana Grow-Op
Marijuana plants worth more than $1 million were seized on Friday in a massive grow-op bust in Winnipeg. Winnipeg police executed a search warrant at a home at about 6:30 p.m., where they discovered a sophisticated marijuana grow operation. Close to 1,100 marijuana plants were seized, which have an estimated value of $1.2 million. Also seized was roughly 40 grams of dry cannabis marijuana, worth about $400 and assorted growing equipment worth $25,000. "When we get that amount of drugs off the streets of Winnipeg, it's certainly something I think that these investigators should be proud of," Winnipeg police Const. Natalie Aitken said.
This is the fourth major grow-up bust in southern Manitoba since the new year began. "The ones that we've had recently have been quite elaborate," Aitken said. "They have ... perfected the manner in which they are doing business and as a result are definitely producing a high level of product." Dihn Luan Nguyen, 51, has been charged with the production of a controlled substance, possessing a substance for the purpose of trafficking and theft of services over $5,000. Nguyen was wanted on an outstanding warrant from a similar incident in March 2005. "All attempts to locate him were unsuccessful until this time," Aitken said. Nguyen has been detained in custody.
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