How You Can Help End Cannabis Prohibition
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 19th 2013 by THCFinder
Let's face it, getting your voice heard is pretty difficult in such a loud world. Unless you're involved in politics, there's not a lot of people that are ready to listen to you. A lot of the people that are in power today grew up being told that cannabis was the devil's lettuce and that it made people crazy. While we're pretty sure that doesn't happen, not everyone is quite convinced. There are a lot of incredibly stubborn people in the world and convincing them that cannabis isn't bad takes a lot of patience. On an individual level, it can seem almost impossible to get involved in the industry.
Knowing how to use social media is the best way to get your voice heard. Social networking is a tool, not just something to fool around on for hours. By using social media, a person can gather likeminded people who, in turn, reach more likeminded people. It's a ripple effect but one must actually recognize what they're doing, much like a puppet master. By manipulating the channels of social media, a single idea can grow and spread until it becomes a movement. The sudden spike in cannabis enthusiasm came from somewhere... And with the amazing speed and connectivity of the internet, it could be safe to say that the web has had a large hand in getting people involved.
If you have a local NORML chapter, get involved with that. And if there isn't one around you, start one! They make it fairly easy to get a chapter going. Then you'll be at the head of a chapter and you can really work on getting cannabis to where it needs to be. Talk to people, especially family members, who are the hardest to convince of the benefits of cannabis. By educating other people, we can change their minds ever so slowly. It may take a while but in the end, every person who's mind you change counts! If, at the end of the day, you've managed to convince your marijuana-hating grandmother in to a slightly more accepting woman, then you've helped. It's the little things that really count.
Denver Prepares For 2014 Legalization
Category: Legalization | Posted on Wed, December, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
With January being the month that Denver will put their legalization bill in to effect, the state is scrambling to figure out where they're going to put the weed stores. The waiting list for permits grows a bit every day and people are beginning to get frustrated with how long the licenses seem to be taking. The list as of right now has over 100 businesses on it, all requesting to be a licensed marijuana shop. But unfortunately for Denver, there may be as little as five to ten shops opening when the bill goes in to effect.
The city and state are the ones obstructing the licensing of marijuana retailers, almost as if they're trying to stop the bill from passing just by being asinine. By delaying these documents, perhaps the governments hopes to deter people from even trying to obtain a permit, limiting the number of shops in the area. The government in Colorado is legitimately trying to stop democracy and it is 100% wrong, not to mention incredibly immature. Maybe they don't understand but the bill has passed and if the government decides that they will keep delaying permits, I'm sure that there will be some sort of rebellion from the citizens who voted to legalize.
The Mayor in Denver, Michael Hancock, has been anti-cannabis since day one. When asked by the Denver Post is he hated the idea of marijuana, Hancock replied "Yes" without a second of hesitation. He went on to say in this interview that he has "seen the devastation of the progression of marijuana to a harsher drug like crack cocaine and a lot of folks that have dealt with substance abuse - particularly with cocaine and crack cocaine - they started with marijuana." Long story short, Hancock is just long winding the gateway drug theory. His quote could easily have been used fifty years ago and the reasoning holds no water. People do crack cocaine because they said yes to the first time someone offered it to them. Marijuana did not hold a gun to those peoples' heads and say "You will do crack cocaine". No, that definitely did not happen.
Denver's absurdly childish response to the legalization of marijuana just shows that even when the plant is legal, there are still many hurdles that we'll have to jump over. We believe that the fight ends once the bills say it's legal but there's much more to it than that. Just because the law says it, doesn't mean that people will agree with it. Once the laws change, we will still have to change the minds of people like Michael Hancock and the other members of the Denver government that are dragging their feet with this. The fight for marijuana acceptance will never truly end, while legalization gets continuously closer, even though it's slow.
Liquor Board reverses on medical marijuana, recommends patient home grows
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, December, 18th 2013 by THCFinder
The state Liquor Control Board has changed its tune on allowing medical marijuana patients to grow their own cannabis. It does now recommend patients be allowed to grow up to 6 plants for personal use.
“Allow home grows and the ability for a qualified patient or designated provider to possess marijuana plants. A qualified patient or designated provider may possess 6 plants, 3 flowering and 3 nonflowering,” the board writes in its new list of recommendations for creating a new state-guided medical marijuana system. (You can read the entire document below.)
However, the recommendations also call for the elimination of collective gardens, the backbone of the current medical marijuana market.
Collective gardens allow several patients to grow plants that can be harvested for themselves and others who are members of the collective but not themselves growers. The growers then can be reimbursed for their expenses, thus creating the current controversial “store fronts” that sell marijuana to patients with medical cards for “contributions.”
The Washington Legislature – which ordered the Washington State Liquor Control Board and other agencies to come up with the recommendations – will make the actual laws creating this new system, using these recommendations or coming up with new ones.
Outcry followed initial recommendations
In the first draft of recommendations, the board’s staff had recommended that home-growing be disallowed and all legal marijuana in the state come from the I-502 system. The old recommendation had also wanted to end the ability of qualified patients or designated providers to possess marijuana plants in any stage of growth.
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