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Washington Banning Pot In Cars?

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, October, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
In the cannabis legal state of Washington, you would think that with the insane amount of tax revenue pouring in, there would be no one complaining about the legality of a plant. But of course, there's always going to be a problem, especially with such a new industry. Unfortunately for those in Washington, there may be a serious problem with obtaining any kind of weed in the future, whether it be recreational or medical. Thanks to the people who deem cannabis comparable to alcohol, even though the two substances aren't even in the same league.
We all know that cannabis and alcohol have a lot in common. Both have been prohibited, fought against, and gradually accepted (although weed in still working on that one). But most smart people are beginning to realize that comparing the two isn't as easy as previously thought. While newbie stoners shouldn't be toking and driving, absolutely no one should be drinking and driving. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission wants to end cannabis carrying in cars if the container is open, making things a bit tougher for patients who travel to work, school, or other places that required having cannabis in the car. The new rule would ban the driver as well as passengers from having open cannabis containers in the car.
The reason behind this change? Since the legalization measure passed, more and more drivers have tested positive for marijuana use. In 2012, 18.6% of "suspected" impaired drivers tested positive for THC, says the Washington State Toxicology Lab. In 2013, that number increased to 25% of tested blood samples, which was the first year that I-502 was put in to effect. Additionally, there has been an increase in people testing positive for 1 metabolite of THC, which shows the use over the last few days. But while these numbers are increasing, Darrin Grondel, the director of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, says that there aren't any traffic accident or fatality increases this far, showing that while people may be smoking more, stoners aren't exactly veering off in to ditches on the regular.
Washington state bases much of the marijuana laws off of the pre-existing alcohol ones, according to Alison Holocomb, the lawyer who drafter the I-502. While it is important to keep people safe while in this changing time, it's also important to know that cannabis and alcohol are two completely different substances. Not to mention the fact that since I-502 passed, more individual blood samples have been tested... So wouldn't that mean that the number would increase because the amount of samples increased?


Marijuana Lowers Risk Of Domestic Violence

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
mj-use-and-domestic-violenceSome people will probably try to tell you that you're going to hit your girlfriend is you smoke weed. Yeah I know it's crazy. Which is why it makes sense to debunk that nonsense now. If you look at the numbers, as people always seem to do, you'll notice that the use of alcohol greatly increases the risk of domestic violence in today's house hold. It increases both the risk of being a perpetrator or the victim, up to and including intimate partner violence. And keep in mind that this substance is legal and served in almost every corner store in America.
Most turn a blind eye to the alcohol link to violence in the home, blaming it instead on other factors like television. Or marijuana, as is the case sometimes. But according to a study that was just published in the journal Psychology and Addictive Behaviors, couples who continuously use cannabis in their relationship are much less likely to engage in partner violence, putting them at a considerably lower risk of domestic violence.
The study, done at Yale University, Rutgers, and the University of Buffalo, took 600 couples and assessed them, determining whether the husbands' and wives' cannabis use was contributing to domestic violence at any time within the first nine years of marriage. The findings were obvious (at least to some), saying "In fully adjusted models, we found that more frequent marijuana use by husbands and wives predicted less frequent domestic violence perpetration by husbands. Husbands' marijuana use also predicted less frequent IPV (intimate partner violence) perpetration by wives. Moderation analyses demonstrated that couples in which both spouses used marijuana frequently reported the least frequent IPV perpetration". In stoner terms? If you and your partner are smoking weed, chances are that you're less likely to be involved in a violent relationship.
Other studies have been released regarding the topic of cannabis and domestic violence. A previous study of the subject was published in the journal Addictive Behaviors which studied alcohol  and cannabis. The study concluded that alcohol increases the chances of violence in a couple, while cannabis use did not. The study assessed whether cannabis or alcohol use by college age men was associated with the risk of physical, sexual, or psychological violence over a period of 90 days. This study also took in to effect the number of drinks that a person had, concluding that on days with more heavy alcohol use, the odds of physical and sexual aggression increased drastically. Marijuana use, the report stated, did not find that marijuana increased the chance of violence in the relationship.
People, as said in the above paragraphs, have long since assumed that cannabis contributed somehow to domestic violence. These studies successfully eliminate that stereotype. Years ago, something like this would have never appeared in print, says Dr. Mitch Earleywine, a professor at the State University of New York at Albany. "I commend these authors for writing up these results. There was a time when investigators with these data might not have bothered to write it up at all for fear that it would never appear in print, because it contradicts the federal anti marijuana sentiment. Times have really changed."


New Mexico Credit Unions To Close Medical Marijuana Accounts

Category: News | Posted on Fri, October, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
bank-closes-mj-accountsEight months after the Federal Justice Department and Treasury Department announced new guidelines allowing banks to work with marijuana businesses, some of the credit unions in New Mexico sent letters to close to half of the State’s licensed medical marijuana producers saying they will no longer accept their business and proceeded with closing their accounts.  The credit unions assert that they are unable to comply with federal guidelines for servicing the accounts.  This move leaves producers in the lurch, with either having to operate on a cash only basis or scramble to find another financial institution willing to take their business. In February 2014, the Obama Administration announced new guidelines that will allow banks to legally provide financial services to state-licensed marijuana businesses. Twenty-three states and Washington D.C. have legalized marijuana for medical use; two of those states (Colorado and Washington) recently legalized marijuana like alcohol.
“It is disappointing to see that the banking industry in New Mexico is failing to protect medical patients and small businesses in light of the assurances the federal administration has provided and a robust and thriving medical marijuana industry in the state,” said Emily Kaltenbach, state director of the Drug Policy Alliance.  “This abrupt move has all of us asking why they are unexpectedly ceasing to do business with the marijuana industry in New Mexico. We would like to know why they are unable to comply with the federal guidelines.”
Many banks have been afraid to open checking or savings accounts for legalized marijuana businesses out of fear of breaking federal law. As a result these businesses are forced to deal with large amounts of cash potentially creating a public safety risk for the industry.
“Even though the federal government is OK with banks and credit unions taking cannabis business deposits, they are not doing it in New Mexico,” stated Len Goodman, the executive director of NewMexicann who received a letter from the State Employees Credit Union (SECU) dropping their account. “We will not know for a few days or weeks whether we can find a work around with other kinds of financial institutions or not.  In the meantime starting this Wednesday, all transactions will be cash only.”
The licensed producers who have received letters are having trouble finding other financial institutions in the state willing to take their business.
William Ford, executive director of R. Greenleaf Organics also received a letter from SECU indicating their business account would be closed.  Ford expressed his concern that while Wells Fargo does the banking for the New Mexico Department of Health and the state’s medical cannabis program, and undoubtedly makes a profit from that business, they are unwilling to do business with the producers.  “A bank that does business with our state and profits from that business, should be expected to follow our state laws and provide services to all law abiding entities in the state.  If they don’t agree with the laws of our state then they shouldn’t be our bank,” stated Ford.
Last February, in a joint statement, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, said the new guidelines give “greater financial transparency” to an industry that remains illegal in nearly every state. It also makes clear that banks would be helping law enforcement with “information that is particularly valuable” in filing regular reports that offer insights about how marijuana businesses work.
The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation’s leading organization of people who believe the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. DPA works for drug policies based on science, compassion, health and human rights.


Mom Calls Cops On Son For Seshing

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
mom-busts-kid-smoking-weedSome of you are lucky enough to have parents who enjoy toking up. Others, not so much. But for the majority of pot lovers everywhere, we've been sneaky enough to avoid a huge confrontation with our parents while still toking in their houses. There are others that aren't so lucky, like a young man from Indiana who's mom decided that she couldn't stand the stoners in her house and called the police on heer 18 year old son and a few of her friends.
On Sunday afternoon, police responded to a call in Porter County where they found a distraught mother of four attempting to break in to her son's room while he and his friends fought her off. The reasoning for the mother's attempted break in was the fact that she didn't want her son smoking around her three younger children. Thanks to the mother's call, the police took it upon themselves to full on drug bust these teenagers, who were merely sitting around a table getting high. To make matters worse, the mother then consented to a police search of the bedroom after Tyler, the young man, told the police "we smoked it all" when asked where the rest of the weed was. Unfortunately for Tyler (and his mother), the cops uncovered paraphernalia, a small scale, and a tiny bit of leftover bud that had failed to get smoked.
The mother's brilliance managed to get her in to a heap of nonsense as well. Since Tyler Laster is under her care, she now gets stuck with the fines and fees associated with his arrest. He is currently spending time in Porter County Jail for maintaining a common nuisance (so basically being a teenager), possession of paraphernalia (a pipe probably or possibly a bong), and possession of marijuana (the report didn't say how much, just that it was a small amount, so we'll assume less than 7 grams). For these "crimes", Tyler faces the following penalties in his home state of Indiana: up to one year in jail as well as a maximum fine of $5,000 for the possession of marijuana under 30 grams, a maximum fine of $10,000 for possession of paraphernalia, along with legal fees associated with court dates, etc. Not to mention the fact that if things really went badly, the mother herself could have lost custody of her other children, as well as possibly get charged with a crime herself and lose her property.
Bottom line; no matter what, it's probably not the best idea to call the cops on your kids if you're a parent. It's not really a great idea to call the cops in any minor situation involving cannabis. Which also goes for the idiots who freak out and call the cops on themselves, ultimately getting themselves arrested as well as their friends (I went to college with a girl who called the police on herself after eating too many pot brownies... She started to freak out and called the cops because she started to think her friends had poisoned her). Just do yourself and those around you a favor... Don't call the cops on stoners.


California; Myth Vs Reality

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, October, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
cali-weedThere is a constant war raging between the stoners from the east coast and the west coast. Both coasts argue that their weed is better, although most people seem to think that California, because of it's warm climate and awesome outdoor grow conditions takes the cake. The east coast boasts a much better indoor grow set up, as their skills have been honed in on the indoor technique. Each coast definitely has it's ups but each one has considerable downs as well. I am from the east coast, the land of freezing winters and insanely humid summers. I lived there for 23 years, smoking bud, working, wishing for life on the west coast. This year, I finally got my wish but quickly found out that California was not what I expected.
California, to me, has always been the promised land of green. Since the cannabis laws have been so lax in the state for so long, it would appear to most stoners from other regions that basically everyone in California is always in a good mood, always high, and never out to harm anyone or do anything negative at all. The streets are hypothetically lined with dispensaries and it's incredibly easy to get your med card. All you have to do is walk down Venice Beach right? It may be naive but this was my vision of California when I left for Los Angeles in the summer of 2014.
Upon arriving in the state, the first thing that hit; it's hot. And not east coast hot. The heat there is humid and makes it tough to breathe sometimes but after a quarter of a lifetime spent breathing that beast coast air, I'd say I was pretty used to it. California is like an oven if you're not near the coast. Because of the foothills that cover the state, the areas between the hills and the ocean get to spend all day cooking in the sun. This can get extremely disorienting, especially when you see people walking around in pants and long-sleeved shirts when the temperature is over 100.
When heading to California, one thinks that it'll be extremely easy to get your med card. Well that's definitely true... If you're a California resident. Without the proper ID, however, you're not getting a rec card... Or any semi legal bud. If you're from a small state, that may seem like no big deal. But the DMV in California is everyone's worst nightmare. Standing in line for hours, just to take a written test? Yikes! But say you get through the arduous process of getting your new license and get your hands on a rec card. Congrats! Now comes the difficult part of seeing what dispensaries aren't just trying to scam you out of your money. Granted, there are definitely good places to go to get your meds. But be aware that just because the shop sells cannabis, doesn't mean it's good cannabis. Be sure that you're going to highly rated dispensaries that come recommended by people you know or on trusted sites like THCFinder!
The weed in California is good. At least, the stuff I was getting was. Although it was from a street dealer... Just like back home. The allure of being able to go in to dispensaries wore off quickly once the realization dawned that they're not all good places and the bud sold was sometimes far below tolerable smoking standards. Some of these places basically sold bags of mushed up grass. It was so disheartening to see medical shops sell such low quality product... Something that one definitely doesn't expect to see in California. But overall, the bud that I did manage to acquire was good and was almost (ALMOST) as high inducing as the Querkle strain based in Rhode Island that will forever remain my favorite.
One thing that seems to be far more prominent in the west is the shatter game. While the beast coast seems to be overrun with butane stew, the west coast proved to be a step ahead in the concentrate game, producing some beautiful shatter that will get you super stoned and feeling awesome. If there is one thing worth visiting California for in relation to weed, it's the shatter. Seriously, if you don't dab while you're there, you're missing out.
What's the bottom line? Not to talk badly about California or the east coast... But just to give you a heads up of what to expect. Each side of the country has their own pros and each one has it's cons. While California may not be a place where you want to live, it is definitely a place worth visiting! Most of the people are nice, the sun is out every day, and the shatter will leave you couchlocked for days. Give it a try sometime! You may love it, you may not, but traveling to California is something that every stoner should try to do!


Grape Ape - Indica

Category: Nugs | Posted on Thu, October, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder


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Grape Ape - Indica

Wide purple leaves cover the Grape Ape marijuana plant, surrounding some of the world's most unique buds. The leaves, stems, stalks and buds are coated with a thick layer of THC crystals and these lovely ladies give off a strong smell of grape. You'll also notice some very nice undertones of skunkiness. The nuggets, when cared for properly, are tight and dense. They are super sticky and make you feel guilty for placing your fat little fingers on them directly.



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