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How the Marijuana Legalization Debate Might Spread to Hawaii

Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, February, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

BY RONALD FRASER – For the time being, Hawaiians can consider last November’s defeat of Proposition 19, a California ballot initiative to legalize and regulate the personal use of marijuana, as none of their business.  But as this debate spreads outward from California it will, sooner or later, reach Hawaii.

Having started the war on marijuana, the federal government is the enforcer of the status quo — even as opinion polls show the public’s desire for change.  So, it is up to the states, one-by-one, to replace failed drug war policies with something that makes sense.  To see how the future marijuana legalization debate might spread, let’s consider the work of professor Everett M. Rogers.

Based on hundreds of case studies, Rogers says the launch of a new idea requires an adventuresome idea champion willing to deal with a lot of uncertainty.  A handful of “early adopters” will follow suit.  Then, after waiting and carefully watching what happens, the majority of the potential “late adopters” are likely to give the new idea a try.  A few “laggards,” might never adopt it.

Proposition 19 nearly passed in 2010 with 46% of the vote.  Let’s assume in 2012 a similar initiative wins 51% and California becomes the first state to legalize marijuana.

Shortly thereafter, if Rogers is right, states already familiar with marijuana policy issues — including Hawaii — will take a fresh look at marijuana legalization.

Hawaii citizens became familiar with marijuana issues during the debate leading up to approving the use of marijuana for medical purposes state wide, and prior to Hawaii County officially setting a low law enforcement priority on the possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use.

Other potential early adopters include Alaska and Nevada, where past attempts to legalize marijuana failed but medical marijuana laws have been adopted, and those states that have approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington State and the District of Columbia.   Legislatures in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Minnesota passed medical marijuana bills only to have them vetoed by the governors.


(Full story HERE)


Bill Targets Certain Kinds of Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

A new bill that attempts to create more restrictions on the medical marijuana industry was released on Wednesday. The bill, House Bill 11-1250, was written to “prohibit marijuana-infused consumable food and beverage product manufacturing and sale.”

It has since been amended to only apply to ointments and tinctures, not food or beverage products. Ryan Hartman, owner of the Boulder Wellness Center, worries about the bill’s impact on his dispensary.

“It would definitely hurt business. My business focuses on people over 40, and most of them prefer food.” Hartman says. “Some 90 to 100 percent of cancer patients prefer food. If you have cancer from smoking, and the doctor recommends marijuana, you don’t want to consume it by smoking it.”

It’s one of the many restrictions he’s seen that attempts to control the market of medical marijuana products.

“A year ago I would’ve said I wasn’t worried about [the bill passing],” he says. “But, yeah, crazier bills have passed.”

The bill’s language claims the bill is necessary for “the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety.”

The public hearing for HB 11-1250 has been set for March 1 before the House Judiciary Committee.



Will Sheriffs Babysit Your Marijuana? The Answer Is..

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 15th 2011 by THCFinder

‚ÄčLast week we pondered whether San Francisco Sheriff's deputies will keep a watchful eye on your pot stash while you go about your business in city buildings. 

While those with medical marijuana cards are free to waltz into police headquarters, City Hall, or courthouses with their greenery untouched, it turns out recreational users of the herb will not be having much fun. 

SF Weekly had noticed a man leaving his marijuana with deputies at the Hall of Justice and claiming he'd be back in 15 minutes. While this certainly looked like a pot-check, we were told by the city employees on duty that he never returned. 

In fact, the department later noted that the unknown man pulled a variation of the trick every 18-year-old hoping to buy beer used when asked for ID. The old "I left it in the car" followed by a peel-out routine. The man in question told deputies he'd forgotten his medical marijuana card, left, and ran like hell. 

For what it's worth, this is the Sheriff's Department's policy on toting drugs into a building: 

No drugs are allowed in the building and those attempting to bring them in are subject to arrest. The only exception is for those individuals who are authorized to possess medical marijuana and have amounts which comply with their authorization.

It seems like there are no exceptions to "the only exception." Drag. 



Harmful Bath Salts Become New, Legal Substitute to Same, Old Weed

Category: Odd | Posted on Mon, February, 14th 2011 by THCFinder

Two months ago, the DEA ruled a 12-month emergency ban on synthetic cannabis chemicals being sold legally in convenience stores nationwide under the moniker, “Spice.” The emergence of Spice is a direct result of cannabis prohibition; nobody would buy fake weed if they could buy the real thing. Now that Spice has also been banned, another legal drug is popping up to fulfill the demand of drug consumers who are deprived of their natural birthright to the perfectly safe pleasure-chemicals provided by marijuana.

This time, instead of harsh herb clippings sprayed with synthetic cannabis, we have deadly bath salts on our hands. Sold once more in convenience stores throughout the USA under names like Vanilla Sky and Ivory Wave, these salts contain a synthetic stimulant called mephedrone. This is an amphetamine-class chemical that can be smoked, snorted, injected or simply mixed with water. Even mild users report that the hallucinations the drug induces are horrible, with psychosis a regularly re-occurring result.

Mark Ryan, director of the Louisiana Poison Center, has reported a case of mephedrone psychosis involving a man sealing himself inside his attic with a rifle and vowing to “kill the monsters before they kill me.” Another case Ryan has reported involves a bath salt user vowing to remove his own liver using a mechanical pencil as a surgical tool.

Now the DEA is considering enacting another 12-month ban on the amphetamine bath salts, just like it did with Spice, except this time I agree that the drug in question should be restricted. Health of the user and addiction potential are legitimate measures to go by when considering if a chemical should be restricted. These bath salts are clearly a health problem, and evidence suggests that these salty stimulants have massive potential for addiction, similar to other amphetamine drugs.

What the DEA refuses to realize is that the rise of methed-out bath salts is of its own doing. The only person who checks in to a rehabilitation clinic for marijuana is someone who was ordered to do so by a court of law, or a supremely lazy person. At no point in history has independent evidence suggested that marijuana induces permanent psychosis or is physiologically addicting. Both characteristics have been attributed to the meth salts.



Lady Gaga Admits Smoking Marijuana Claims Its Inspirational

Category: Celebrities | Posted on Mon, February, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
Lady Gaga admits that she smokes marijuana but claims she uses it principally when she is writing new songs.   The lady who hatched from an egg on the Grammys last night feels that “sugar coating” her lifestyle or behaviour and pretending she doesn’t use drugs would be untrue to herself.
In an interview with Anderson Cooper for ’60 Minutes’, she said: “I still smoke a lot of pot when I write music. So I’m not gonna, like, sugar coat it for ’60 Minutes’ that I’m some, like, sober human being, ’cause I’m not.”
Despite admitting her own cannabis use, the 24-year-old singer – who tookhome three prizes at the Grammy Awards last night says she doesn’t want her younger fans to experiment with illegal substances just because she has.
In the TV interview, she added: “I don’t want to encourage kids to do drugs. But when you asked me about the sociology of fame and what artists do wrong – what artists do wrong is they lie.  And I don’t lie.  I’m not a liar.  I built good will with my fans.  They know who I am.  And I’m just like them in so many ways.”


Chilean Miners Smoked Cannabis And Craved Sex Dolls While Underground

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 14th 2011 by THCFinder

After more than two months underground, the men became so desperate for sex that they requested blow-up dolls be sent down to them, claimed New York Times writer Jonathan Franklin, author of the book 33 Men. However, the authorities denied this request, reportedly allowing families to send down porn, cigarettes, pills and dope instead, through the pipes used to ship supplies to the men.




Miner Samuel Avalos said in the book that he grew suspicious of the actions of his colleagues while they were underground. 'They were peeling away from the group in small cliques, wandering towards the bathroom, to smoke a joint. They never even offered me a toke,' he said. 'When you saw five of them headed up to the bathroom, you knew what they were doing.' Mr Franklin wrote: 'Having small amounts of drugs circulating in the community created more tension than it relieved.'

As well as a book detailing their experiences, the miners are likely to become even more famous if rumours Brad Pitt is interested in making a big-screen version of their story are true. The actor's production company, Plan B, is reportedly considering makinga movie about the ordeal of the Chilean men and their families.



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