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Get High on Feeding the Hungry This Season

Category: Dispensaries | Posted on Fri, December, 31st 2010 by THCFinder

For a group of California residents, feeding the hungryduring the holiday season had its benefits: FREE POT.

That's right. Granny Purps, a marijuana dispensary in Soquel, CA, offered patients a deal to help them collectcanned goods for their holiday food drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. For every four cans of food a patient donated, Granny Purps would give the patient a free joint. Patients were limited to three free joints a day.

It was a little holiday "puff, puff, give," if you know what I mean.

While it may seem ridiculous that one stoner's penchant for the munchies helped feed another's legitimate hunger, Granny Purps' patients donated over 11,000 pounds of food and were rewarded with over 2,000 marijuana cigarettes. I can't be the only reader thinking that this is kind of an awesome deal for all involved. I don't know many stoners who break into the canned corn after smoking. This would be a great motivational tool to clean the cupboards while getting one's medicine.

Can you imagine if this spurred a donate-for-freebies craze? Donate new or gently-used clothing for the Salvation Army, get a free tallboy? Give blood to the Red Cross, get free antibiotics? Donate to your local women's clinic, get free condoms? Sure beats an NPR mug.

All joking aside, I don't need rewards to be philanthropic; far from it. But others might. If these kind of promotions get people to give during a time when others need it most, who am I to judge?

Now, to drop off these Spaghetti-Os ...



Idiot of the year award goes to...

Category: Odd | Posted on Fri, December, 31st 2010 by THCFinder

Teenager in Critical Condition After Snorting Dog Medication, Smoking Marijuana


An 18-year-old Florida man remains in critical condition Friday after he and six other young people reportedly snorted dog medication, inhaled butane, smoked marijuana, ate mushrooms and took over-the-counter cold medicine.


Lee County Sheriff's Office spokesperson John Sheehan said officers responded early Thursday morning to a medical assistance call at 1:40 a.m. at an apartment in the Forestwood complex in Ft. Myers, Fla. after a neighbor called 911.

"When we arrived it was obvious they were under the influence," Sheehan said. "It was bunch of teenagers that were hanging out and using poor judgment."

According to police reports, Melinda Santos-Rios, 30, had arrived home from work when she heard someone in the apartment next door say, "He's not moving."


Rios told police she ran next door and everyone inside "seemed to be really out of it," so she called 911.

All seven were rushed to local area hospitals early Thursday morning. The 18-year-old man was the only one whooverdosed on the strange drug concoction, according to Lee County police.

The six other victims, including 16-year-old Mariah Miles, who hosted the get-together, were treated and released from the hospital Thursday. Aside from Miles, the others were between the ages of 18 and 20.

The police report said the kids "were transported because they had mulitple drugs in their system ranging from Benadryl, to shrooms, to acid, to clonapin [sic] and marijuana."

Spokesman Sheehan said no drugs were found inside the home.

"All I know is there were multiple illegal drugs found in the system of each person and there were some that were not illegal," he said.

Mariah Miles told ABC affiliate WZVN in Ft. Myers that she and her friends were just hanging out while her mother was at work.

"I didn't think anything about it," she said. "I did weed and Klonopin."

According to police, the neighbor had already called 911 by the time Mariah's mother, Melissa Miles, who rents the apartment, came home and found a terrifying scene.

(Read full story HERE)


The pros and cons of medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, December, 31st 2010 by THCFinder

Don't let boutique-style dispensaries and a respectable new name —medical marijuana - blow smoke in your eyes. Marijuana has solid credentials for relieving serious problems such as cancer pain, nausea, anorexia and tough-to-ease nerve pain, but it's far from an all-purpose healer.

Here are some of its risks:

HEART STRAIN: In the hour after you smoke a joint, the danger of aheart attack rises five-fold because pot boosts levels of a compound called apolipoprotein III that keeps fats stuck in your bloodstream. Plus, pot revs up your heart rate.

BRAIN DRAIN: Plenty of people who use medical marijuana responsibly try to keep doses low (or use pills instead) to avoid the highs, spaciness and brain fog you get from smoking it. In one study, people with multiple sclerosis who smoked marijuana were 50 percent slower on a mental-processing test than nonsmokers. They also were more depressed and anxious.

WEAKENED IMMUNITY:THC - the ingredient in pot that eases pain and makes you high - is also a powerfulimmune-system downer.

LUNG DAMAGE:Smoking three to four joints a day may cause as much lung damage as smoking a pack of cigarettes. Long-term use doubles your odds for coughing, wheezing and chronic bronchitis.

So what are the safer alternatives? Start with the prescription pills that contain marijuana's active ingredients, particularly synthetic THC. And, a prescription mouth spray, already available in Canada and Europe, may be on the way.

Also, try eating your medicine instead of smoking it. Mix marijuana into baked goods or, if you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal, buy your supply at a marijuana bakery. Or consider a vaporizer, which in essence releases marijuana "smoke"; if you inhale the vapors, you get the active ingredients with fewer toxins, research suggests.



Cannabis Factory With Plants Worth £80,000 Found In Irlams o' th' Height

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 31st 2010 by THCFinder

Police raided a cannabis factory where drugs worth £80,000 were being cultivated. The 70 marijuana plants were found with a lighting and hydroponics system at a warehouse in Irlams o' th' Height, Salford. Officers carried out the warrant on Claremont Road at around 8am, after members of the public tipped off the police. Cops were joined by fire fighters who helped prise open doors of the factory to discover a secure room containing the drugs.




Police confiscated the haul and believe the value of the plants is somewhere between £60,000 and £80,000. A 40-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of production of a Class B drug with intent to supply and is now being quizzed by police. PC Danielle Southwell said: "We have listened to the concerns of our residents who feel that this area is being blighted by drug dealing and today's warrant is a direct result of information from members of the public. "Thanks to their help, we have seized more than 70 mature cannabis plants and in doing so stopped a large amount of drugs from flooding our streets.

"Sadly, drug addiction leads to other crimes such as burglary and robbery as a means to fund their addiction and people who cultivate cannabis serve only to propagate this cycle of misery. "Help us to rid the streets of drugs and the people who peddle them by contacting us. This recovery shows what we can achieve when the public work with us so, please, if you do know anything come forward."


California Man Ships Marijuana To Himself

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 31st 2010 by THCFinder

Police in South Elgin say they have intercepted 82 pounds of marijuana that a California man allegedly shipped to himself in the Chicago suburb. Police tell the (Arlington Heights) Daily Herald that marijuana seized Wednesday at a freight and delivery company had an estimated street value of $470,000.





The arrested man, 69-year-old Walter Kwiatek (kwee-a-TECK') of Cloverdale, Calif., appeared Thursday in Kane County Bond Court on charges of marijuana trafficking, manufacture or delivery of marijuana and possession of marijuana. His bond was set at $500,000. Police say they believe Kwiatek shipped the marijuana to himself from an address in Santa Rosa, Calif. Police were not available for further comment Thursday, and did not say whether Kwiatek had an attorney.


Marijuana Possession in California Equal to Parking Ticket

Category: Legalization | Posted on Thu, December, 30th 2010 by THCFinder

Starting this Saturday, January 1, the penalty for possession with as much as an ounce of marijuana in California will be same as if you had received a parking ticket.

Proponents of legalized marijuana say the relaxed state law is simply a sign that attitudes are changing. With possession being put on the same level as a parking ticket, it is going to be more difficult to make major crimes out of selling, distributing or growing marijuana, said Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam University, an Oakland school that specializes in marijuana issues.


Possession of an ounce of marijuana has been a misdemeanor crime punishable with a $100 fine. Under the new state law, the fine is the same but the charge is downgraded to an infraction.

State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, introduced the bill making the change. He said the state could no longer afford to go after people who had committed a crime that carries the same punishment as parking tickets.

Carla Lowe, founder of Citizens against Legalized Marijuana, said the change was the worst new law passed by lawmakers in 2010.

“I believe this has knocked out one of the key pillars of prevention to help kids say we’re not doing drugs,” she said.

Law enforcement groups have also come out against the law, but it has gotten support from some law enforcement officials.

“I think it’s a good thing because it is calling the offense what it has always been, which is an infraction,” said San Mateo District Attorney Jim Fox.

According to the California attorney general, there were an estimated 78,500 arrests in 2008 and 74,000 in 2007 for felony and misdemeanor related charges associated to marijuana.

In November, California pushed a vote for legalizing the use of marijuana under Proposition 19 that would have legalized the plant. There were 53% voting against to 46% voting “yes” in defeat of the “Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act”.



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