Edibles - Don't Eat the Whole Thing
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, June, 11th 2014 by THCFinder
In a 30,000-square-foot facility in north Denver, the 40 or so employees of Dixie Elixirs and Edibles are busy producing marijuana-infused candies, sodas, eyedroppers of sublingual Dew Drops, vape pens, massage oils, bath salts, and other marijuana goodies. In one of the facility’s several industrial kitchens, a team of hairnet-clad workers take individual chocolate Dixie Rolls from an extrusion machine and package them in swank silver wrappers. On the main factory floor, an engineer puts the finishing touches on an automated bottling line, part of the facility’s ongoing $5 million renovation project, which will soon be filling 1,000 bottles an hour with Dixie’s THC-infused “elixirs,” including flavors like mandarin, red currant, and old-fashioned sarsaparilla. Nearby, other workers fill shipping crates with the 2,000 or so products the four-year-old company ships out daily to its clientele, which comprises roughly 90 percent of all Colorado marijuana retailers.
When Dixie moved into this facility in early November, the ambitious expansion project made sense. Marijuana-infused food products seemed primed to be the big winner once Colorado’s new recreational marijuana industry launched in January. Edibles seemed fun, discreet, and consumer-friendly, with none of the health risks and fewer of the taboos associated with smoking pot.
But lately, while chief marketing officer Joe Hodas says Dixie still enjoys healthy sales, the products it sells have been generating troubling headlines. New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd dedicated her column last week to describing how she “lay curled up in a hallucinatory state” for eight hours after eating too much of a marijuana candy bar she bought at a Denver pot shop. While Dowd’s unhappy trip quickly became the stuff of Twitter hilarity, other edibles-related incidents haven’t been so funny. Colorado hospitals are reporting an uptick in emergency room visits after children accidentally eat marijuana goodies. In March, a college student from Wyoming ate a marijuana cookie and then tumbled over a railing in a Denver hotel and fell to his death. In June, a Denver woman called 911 and said her husband had eaten a marijuana candy along with pain killers and was ranting about the end of the world—not long before he allegedly shot her to death. So why is it that the kinder, gentler version of getting high has suddenly become the industry’s biggest liability?
Part of the problem is that while pot-infused goodies might seem like an easy way for newbies to explore marijuana use, the reality is the opposite. Colorado’s edibles industry developed over the past few years as part of the medical marijuana scene—where the clientele were anything but newbies, tolerating and often demanding a very potent product. “We didn’t have a full spectrum of demand,” explains Hodas of Dixie’s origins as a medical product. “But the market [today] is demonstrating that not everyone wants these very potent products.” It doesn’t help that, because of how it’s metabolized, edible marijuana takes much longer to kick in than the smoked version. As Dowd learned the hard way, it’s all too easy for marijuana novices to gobble up way too much of an edible before they realize just how big a dose they’ve consumed.
Read more: http://www.slate.com
Super Sour OG
Category: Nugs | Posted on Tue, June, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
Sour OG is a cross of Sour Diesel and OG Kush. A very nice weed to smoke, not overly powerful but provides a relaxing yet energetic high. Great for chilling with friends and laughing.
Denver may shut down dozens of medical-marijuana businesses on July 1
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, June, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
Denver officials could soon shut down as many as 41 medical marijuana businesses as the city cleans up outstanding license applications that have been pending for years.
All medical marijuana businesses in the city must be licensed by July 1, and the city has sent letters to dozens of businesses ahead of the deadline, warning that they must cease operations if they don't get their licenses by then.
"Failure to comply may result in law enforcement and administrative action," cautioned a letter sent to the businesses last week.
Ashley Kilroy, Denver's coordinator for marijuana policy, said city officials have also visited the businesses — mostly cultivation facilities — to urge them to finish up the licensing process.
"We hope that they'll be in compliance and, if not, we'll have to figure out how we go about enforcing the order to cease operations," she said.
The issue reaches back to the genesis of Colorado's regulated marijuana industry. Marijuana businesses in Colorado need both a state and local license to operate.
When state and city officials began licensing medical marijuana shops in 2010, they allowed stores and affiliated businesses that were already operating to stay open while their applications were being reviewed. In regulatory parlance, such businesses were "operational pending."
Dozens of businesses remained in that licensing limbo for years, and state and city regulators have only in the past year significantly chipped away at the backlog. When Denver officials sent a letter about the July 1 deadline earlier this year, it went to 101 businesses that still needed a city license.
That number is now down to 41, though almost none of them are stand-alone businesses. Three of the still-unlicensed businesses applied to make marijuana-infused products. The remaining 38 are cultivation facilities that are attached to already-licensed stores.
Read more: http://www.denverpost.com/
Mexicos President Might Be Open To Marijuana Legalization
Category: Legalization | Posted on Tue, June, 10th 2014 by THCFinder
For a very long time, Mexico has been the top supplier for illegal marijuana to the United States. The marijuana from Mexico has been supplied by very dangerous drug cartels that are responsible for numerous murders and other horrors in mexico and the United States. Marijuana reform in the United States has decreased the profits from marijuana sales by these cartels.
Many news outlets have attributed decreased marijuana sales by cartels to recreational marijuana. While I agree that recreational legalization hurts cartels, medical marijuana reform has hurt the cartels more than recreational reform. Recreational sales are very new, and only occur in Colorado. that’s not enough to hurt cartels as much as the multiple states that have medical marijuana. The cultivation and sales attributed to medical marijuana is a much more likely contributor in my opinion. Patients used to have to buy cartel marijuana. Fortunately, now hundreds of thousands (if not millions) now grow their own or buy it from a dispensary.
Eventually as legalization spreads, it will hurt the cartels even more. When dozens of states allow legal recreational gardens and sales, cartels will be brought to their knees, at least in the marijuana world. If Mexico were to ever legalize, especially in conjunction with the U.S., it would be game over for cartel marijuana sales. Legalization is something that Mexico’s President would consider if the United States led the way. Per Reuters:
“Pena Nieto says he is in favor of debating the issue despite personal misgivings about legalizing cannabis, and lawmakers say Mexico cannot be out of step for ever with the United States, the principal buyer of illicit drugs that cross the border.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, Pena Nieto said legalization of marijuana was a “growing phenomenon” and that the policies followed in the last 30 to 40 years had only led to more consumption and more production of drugs.
“Therefore it’s a failed policy,” he told the newspaper.”
The United States, as the largest marketplace on the planet for marijuana, needs to lead the way on legalization. mexico will likely not make the first move. Even if they did, it wouldn’t help solve the cartel problem, because cartels would still benefit from prohibition in the United States. It’s time to put cartels out of business. it’s time to stop the pain and suffering that cartels cause. It’s time the United States made the logical decision to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana.
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