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Marijuana Likely to Become Stronger Due to Global Warming

Category: News | Posted on Sat, May, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Pot grown outdoors in California could become much more potent as climate change and drought continue to wreak havoc on the state's fragile ecosystems.

According to a new study from The Daily Climate, rising temperatures and CO2 levels will likely boost the medicinal and psychoactive properties of plants, including cannabis.

"If you go back to the times plants evolved on land, the average CO2 (carbon dioxide) levels were 1,000 parts per million; today it's about 400," Lewis Ziska, a plant physiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service who led the research, said.

This is significant because only 4 percent of plant species have adapted to these's lower CO2 levels. The rest—including cannabis—still feel deprived. 

But Ziska, who specializes in "weed migration patterns in the face of climate change," believes global warming will benefit these deprived plants with more optimal levels of CO2, meaning "marijuana grown outdoors will likely become stronger and require less water to thrive."

And other scientists agree.

James Duke, a retired USDA entho-botanist, explained that environmental stressors—such as California's drought—typically cause plants to exhibit more medicinal properties.

"The more stress a plant gets—heat or cold or disease or just plain beating it—the more medicinal and less edible it becomes," Duke told The Daily Climate.

Stress causes plants to convert proteins, carbohydrates and fats into "secondary metabolites that protect the plant," he further explained. As far as marijuana is concerned, that means a potential increase in THC, CBD and other cannabinoid levels.



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Category: Fun | Posted on Fri, May, 15th 2015 by THCFinder


Utah governor open to legalizing medical marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday that he would be open to legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, provided the science shows it can benefit patients and tight regulations can be put in place to control distribution.

"I'm open to the idea of medical marijuana," the governor said, "and the discussion of how it can be used as a medicine based on science, and making sure we have good, collaborative efforts so we can answer the questions that are out there."

That appears to be a change from his position during the recent legislative session, when he expressed concerns about a bill sponsored by Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, that would have created a state-licensed system of medical marijuana growing facilities and dispensaries where patients could buy the drug with a doctor's recommendation.

At the time, Herbert said the bill could lead to a "slippery slope" toward legal, recreational use.

Madsen's bill failed in the Senate by a single vote, although the lawmaker has said he will reintroduce it next year.

Connor Boyack, president of the Libertas Institute, a libertarian think tank, said he views the governor's comments as progress in the marijuana debate.

"Even during the legislative session, it became clear that the governor was backtracking his initial opposition to medical cannabis," he said, "so we expected this to happen and are encouraged to see him becoming more open-minded to it, just as many legislators are."

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13 Michigan Marijuana Organizations Band Together For Joint Statement

Category: News | Posted on Fri, May, 15th 2015 by THCFinder

michigan capital marijuanaIn times of need, communities stand together to defend the weak. Michigan’s medical marijuana and marijuana law reform communities did just that prior to a session of the House Judiciary Committee on May 7 by submitting a joint statement advocating for passage of two “critical and urgent” House bills, HB 4209 and HB 4210.

Testimony on the two bills has been heard on two consecutive Thursdays in the House committee, and will continue on May 14th. The letter was addressed to Representative Klint Kesto and Judiciary Committee members.

The letter expressed “the organizations’ strong support for patient safety while improving the efficacy of the medical marijuana industry in the state.” The endorsing organizations seek to “provide safe access to medical marijuana… provide for the testing of medical marijuana… clarify to at patients may possess and use smoking alternative forms of medical marijuana.”

Several representatives of these organizations have given testimony before the committee on these blls, including Robin Schneider of the NPRA, David Brogren of CPU and Jim Powers of Pediatric Cannabis Therapy.

The organizations signing on in support of the letter’s contents are:

National Patients Rights Association

Michigan NORML

Americans for Safe Access- Michigan chapter

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