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Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, May, 7th 2014 by THCFinder

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Medical-marijuana bill now includes cancer, MS, other ailments

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, May, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
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People who have cancer, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis or other ailments could be able to use medical marijuana under the expanded "Charlotte's Web" bill awaiting the governor's signature.
 
The original proposal targeted only a limited number of children with debilitating seizures, but the bill's final wording means Florida will be taking a much larger step toward legalizing medical marijuana.
 
"It is very important to me to have cancer as a qualifying ailment," said state Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Shalimar, who sponsored the original House bill and shepherded many of the last-minute changes, including the cancer addition.
 
Gov. Rick Scott said last week he would approve the bill, but his office on Tuesday did not comment on the changes.
 
If Scott signs the measure, the Florida Department of Health would select and license five companies — one in each corner of the state and in Central Florida — to grow a marijuana variety bred to have a low content of the THC chemical that can get people high and a high content of the CBD chemical that is thought to improve nerve-cell function and shows promise in treating malignant tumors.
 
The companies would be able to harvest the plants and extract an oil first commercially introduced in Colorado under the brand name "Charlotte's Web." And they would be able to sell the oil in their own dispensaries, which the state could authorize throughout Florida.
 
As early as Jan. 1, Florida doctors could start registering patients to buy and use the oil if the patient is "suffering from cancer or a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms," according to the revised bill.
 
Medical-marijuana opponents say they are concerned about expanding the range of potential abuses.
 
"Would a physician treating someone for nonmalignant skin cancer be able to place an order? What about someone who has persistent leg cramps?" said Calvina Fay, executive director of Save Our Society From Drugs.
 
The final bill still is far from creating the kind of broad medical-marijuana legalization that Florida voters will consider in November when they decide Amendment 2.
 
Unlike the Charlotte's Web bill, the ballot initiative would not limit THC content; it would legalize smokable marijuana; and it would authorize treatment of a much broader range of diseases.
 
Still, the bill — the final version was known as substitute Senate Bill 1030 — creates a state regulatory, licensing and oversight bureaucracy that could serve as the framework to support Amendment 2 if it is approved, or to handle future expansions of medical marijuana authorized by the Legislature.
 
Gaetz called the bill "a start" and said he expects it to be built upon.
 
He said he still would like to see Florida address conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, Alzheimer's disease and dementia, which this bill does not. He also acknowledged that the low THC — limited to 0.8 percent of the oil — would make the oil ineffective for other treatments, including relieving the nausea associated with cancer chemotherapy.
 

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Dab Time?

Category: Fun | Posted on Wed, May, 7th 2014 by THCFinder

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Roadside Marijuana Saliva Test Gets Second Michigan House Hearing

Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, May, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
saliva-testsLANSING- Just announced: the second hearing about the roadside saliva test for marijuana in Michigan will be Thursday, May 8, and there will likely be a vote on it.
 
The House Judiciary Committee took testimony previously on HB 5385 in April. During that hearing the Michigan State Police (MSP) representative, Sgt. Gill, told the Committee that some of the MSP leadership had returned from a convention in California and they liked the idea of the roadside test. The MSP sought permission to begin a pilot program in Michigan in which the MSP would determine which test was the most reliable and then roll out a statewide program.
 
That concept met with resistance, specifically from Rep. Jeff Irwin, D- Ann Arbor, who asked for legislative input on any program and for a scientific community assessment of the testing before any experimental program began. He also questioned why the bill did not articulate a pilot program, but instead authorized statewide use of testing by law enforcement. As a result of testimony given at that hearing, and subsequent appeals to the office of bill sponsor Rep. Dan Lauwers, R- St. Clair, the saliva testing portion of the bill is expected to be amended out.
 
We’ll believe it when we see it.
 
There is real reason for concern. The oral swabs are not approved for use federally in any capacity, but some private companies use the swabs in employment situations. No state has adopted laws like the one proposed in Michigan.
 
Each saliva test detects for a variety of substances, including cocaine, methamphetamine and alcohol; every brand of swab has differing accuracy rates for every substance tested. The manufacturing, accuracy and safety of these oral swabs are not regulated by any federal agency and are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
 
There has been no demonstrable need for the test, as illustrated through testimony delivered by marijuana community members during the first hearing. Standard testing methods already employed by the police have been successful, and the issue of driving impairment as a result of cannabis use has not been resolved.
 
A legislative analysis of HB 5385 failed to include any assessment of the costs of this roadside saliva test program; the analysis merely stated that the “fiscal analysis is in progress.” That document was dated 4/16/2014; the bill was introduced on 3/4/2014.
 
The saliva test is only one component of HB 5385. The bill was created out of tragedy as a woman, intoxicated on prescription pills, killed two people in an automobile accident and was later discovered to have had multiple encounters with law enforcement. Her test results from the previous encounters were stuck for months in the MSP crime lab testing backlog, which kept her on the streets. The bill was originally designed to allow officers to enter information into the LEIN system about intoxicated driving encounters without waiting for test results.
 

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OG Kush nugs - Hybrid

Category: Nugs | Posted on Wed, May, 7th 2014 by THCFinder

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OG Kush - Hybrid

Known as The "Original Gangster" or "Ocean Grown" OG Kush comes from the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles and is considered to be the strain that put Southern California buds on par with the flowers coming from up North. Developed over three generations and years of stabilizing as well as developing the perfect fertilizer / food for this particular strain, resulted in a phenomenal kush, said to be the strongest indica today. OG Kush, when properly grown, has the highest THC content of all kushes.


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Meet the First Food Truck That Can Legally Get You Stoned

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, May, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
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Some weeks ago, Slate declared food trucks awesome and pitched ideas for other things that should be made into trucks.
 
That list didn’t include a truck that dispenses food infused with weed, but MagicalButter, a company that pulls nutrients from plants and puts them into butter and cooking oils, has created one anyway.
 
According to a press release, the Samich Truck—otherwise known as simply the Food Truck—will offer its customers “four-star-quality food items infused with 30 to 100 mg of THC” in states where marijuana has been legalized. Items on the menu include Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches and tomato soup—all made lovingly with weed.
 
It debuted in Denver on April 20, a pothead’s favorite holiday. Creator Garyn Angel, the CEO of MagicalButter, said the launch was a major success.
 
“It was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life,” Angel told Newsweek. “We bought the truck on April 1, and on April 20 it went from Seattle to Denver and was ready for an opening.”
 
Angel said he’s still searching for a municipality where he can file the right paperwork to register the truck. He also has plans for a smartphone app to notify people when the 40-foot Freightliner truck is nearby and, maybe someday, a chain of restaurants.
 
Angel said he’s pretty sure the truck is the first of its kind. A van in New York last summer purported to be selling weed-infused lollipops—but that turned out to be a fraudulent claim.
 
“Our truck is not a hoax,” Angel promised. “We want to educate people about ingesting cannabis. For a lot of people, it’s a great way to balance your body. It helps with a lot of ailments.”
 

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