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Oregon Racial Justice Groups: End Marijuana Prohibition

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 30th 2014 by THCFinder
end-marijuana-probibitionPeople of color in Oregon are 100 percent more likely to face legal punishments for marijuana than white people, despite equal rates of use. The current system is failing, and the following groups today are endorsing Measure 91 because it removes unfairly harsh punishments that disrupt lives.
 
The new groups to endorse Measure 91 are:
 
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), which has worked for social justice for more than 15 years and continues to evolve as Oregon’s leading Asian and Pacific Islander grassroots advocacy organization.
 
Partnership for Safety and Justice, which works to reform the criminal justice system and achieve a more balanced approach to public safety. They join the ACLU of Oregon and the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association as other criminal justice organizations endorsing Measure 91.
 
Western States Center, which has worked for 27 years on community organization to challenge and transform individuals, organizations and systems to achieve racial, gender and economic justice.
 
The Rural Oregon Project, which represents tens of thousands of Oregonians in small towns and rural communities in all 36 of Oregon’s counties.
 
“Too many people have been punished, and too many of them have been youth and people of color,” said the Partnership for Safety and Justice in a statement. “Too many tax dollars have been wasted without increasing public safety. Too many public resources have been diverted that could have been used to help crime victims and address unmet community needs across Oregon…. We believe that it is time to start addressing marijuana realistically as a health, education and economic issue. Measure 91 would do just that.”
 
Every day the encompassing list of groups embracing Measure 91 as a better approach to marijuana regulation is growing. They represent hundreds of thousands of Oregonians with a wide range of concerns.
 
Measure 91 will regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and over in Oregon. Revenue raised from a regulated market will fund schools, state and local law enforcement and drug treatment and prevention programs.
 

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How To Make Dry Ice Hash

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, September, 29th 2014 by THCFinder
making-dry-ice-hashBy Aarr Kellz – Spaceship Earth Farms
 
I have been making dry ice hash for a few years now, and find it is wonderful to use in tinctures and edibles. It is also great in a vaporizer, or sprinkled on top of bowls of flower. The good news is that making it is fairly easy. Let’s get right to it.
 
What You Will Need:
 
First thing’s first. CANNABIS. If you are not going to use ground up bud, then get the best quality sugar leaf that you can. Avoid sun leaves, unless they have tricomes on them, and even then trim off the portions of the leaves that lack tricomes. The dry ice has the ability to break the leaf matter down into particles tiny enough, that they pass through the screen. So the more sugary your trim is, the more pure your final product will be.
 
Next, you will need a FIVE GALLON MESH EXTRACTION BAG. They can be found on the web, or at your local store. They make them in many sizes, though I have personally found that the 160 Micron size works best, and produces a very high-grade product.
 
You will also want GLOVES, to handle the dry ice, as it will be very cold. It should not be handled without protection.
 
Of course you will need DRY ICE. I live in Oregon, so I can go to the grocery store to get dry ice. It cost anywhere from $1.00 to $1.50 per pound. I usually use about two pounds for every quarter pound of trim.
 
Finally, you will need to acquire a FIVE GALLON BUCKET and a FLAT SURFACE, such as a mirror or smooth, clean table top.
 
How it’s Done:
 
First, GRIND UP THE BUD, or trim. Not so fine that it is a powder, but not too chunky either. You want it to be the about the consistency of fresh snow, in between sugar and brown sugar if you’ve never seen any. Break up one pound of dry ice into chunks and place in the bucket. Please! Be careful not to break up the ice in the bucket. The chemical
reaction will make the plastic so cold that it becomes brittle and can shatter, say, if you were to hit it with a hammer.
 
Next, SPRINKLE THE TRIM in the bucket over the dry ice and position the extraction bag over the bucket. Wait about three minutes, and then shake the bucket a little, to allow the trim to mix with the dry ice.
 
Then, WAIT one more additional minute for everything to get nice and frigid.
 
Turn it (the bucket) over, and begin to SHAKE over the flat surface. Not too violently, yet with purpose and determination. Shake the bucket for about two minutes, until you will see a fine powder start to come out of the screen, along with a gas from the dry ice. Be careful to keep shaking over the flat surface, as everything under the bucket that the gas touches directly will be coated in blonde hash powder.
 
After you have shaken the bucket for about 4 minutes the powder will start CHANGING COLOR from the initial blonde, to a mint green. This means that the dry ice has separated most of the tricomes from the plant material, and the hash is now ready to be gathered. Use a flat plastic card, to scrape all of the powder into a pile. The dry ice hash can then be stored in a container, or pressed together with a hash press for future use.
 
If you are in the Portland, Oregon area, then check out Portland Hydroponics & Organics | 11564 SW Pacific Highway | Tigard, OR 97223 | 503-746-4303 for all of your extraction or grow needs.
 

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Young People Know Marijuana Is Less Harmful Than Alcohol

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, September, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
mj-safer-than-alcoholMarijuana opponents use children as a pawns in the game to keep marijuana prohibition in place. When asked why marijuana should remain illegal, people like Kevin Sabet almost always offer up the excuse that marijuana legalization will result in more young people consuming marijuana. The fact is, Colorado has seen a decrease in youth consumption of marijuana since marijuana was legalized there. That is a fact that Kevin Sabet seems to forget. Black market marijuana dealers don’t ask for ID, and marijuana is much more available in an unregulated system compared to a regulated one.
 
Marijuana is safer than alcohol, that fact is undeniable. Even Barack Obama has admitted as such. A poll was recently conducted that found out that young Americans are fully aware of this. Per Fire Dog Lake:
 
Young people think marijuana does much less harm to society than alcohol or tobacco. According to a Rare poll of adults 40 and younger, 47 percent believe alcohol does more harm to society, 27 percent think tobacco does, and only 13 percent picked marijuana as the most harmful of the three.
 
In addition, very young adults are the more likely they are to see alcohol as more harmful than weed. Among adults age 36-40 the ratio was only 33 percent to 24 percent, but among those under the age of 30 the ratio was an incredible 52 percent to 9 percent.
 
If people like Kevin Sabet wanted to protect America’s youth, then he would support marijuana regulation. Instead, he prefers to keep prohibition in place which increases access of marijuana to youth and makes it to where they are able to buy it on the black market without any regulations. Marijuana is safer than alcohol. Marijuana laws should reflect that fact.
 

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Pot in a bottle: Seattle company wants to make marijuana syrup

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, September, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
pot-in-a-bottleSEATTLE — ‘Ballard Beat’ and ‘Wallingford Wanderlust’ are just a few flavors of new marijuana-infused syrups set to hit the market here.
 
Craft Elixirs, a Seattle-based company, is waiting on the final approval from the Washington State Liquor Control Board to start producing the specialty syrups.
 
“The minute you put it in your mouth and sort of savor the syrup, you can start to feel the effects of the cannabis,” said owner Jamie Hoffman.
 
Hoffman’s company makes five different syrups. She said they can be put on foods and used to make soda. There is an orange and blueberry flavor, regular syrup, and one that tastes like coffee.
 
“You know, it doesn’t really taste much like the marijuana.  It is very slight,” said Hoffman.
 
Craft Elixirs is one of five companies with pot-infused edibles approved for sale by the Liquor Control Board. The product, along with the label and packaging, must meet state standards before it is allowed on store shelves.
 
Just like with pot stores and marijuana growers getting state approval, it is a lengthy licensing process for those companies making pot-infused food and drinks.
 
“You have to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture. They have to come through your kitchen and make sure that everything is set up right. They are kind of like the health department for the Liquor Control Board,” said Hoffman.
 
The findings are then turned over to the Liquor Control Board before a final license is approved. So far, the Washington State Department of Agriculture reports 16 kitchens have passed inspections. However, not every one of those businesses has received a pot license.
 
The Liquor Control Board said Craft Elixirs is in the final stages of the licensing process. Hoffman expects her license to be issued in the next couple of weeks. Right now, her company is making the syrups without the marijuana.
 
State rules require that pot products list individual serving sizes. All products, packages, and labels cannot be designed to appeal to children.
 

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Request to sell "pot souvenirs" at airport goes up in smoke

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
weed-souvenirs-idea-goes-up-in-smokeDENVER - A retired teacher says Denver International Airport denied her request to sell marijuana-themed souvenirs there, reports CBS Denver.
 
Ann Jordan makes the pot-themed collectibles, such as socks and flip-flops with marijuana leaves on them. Some of the airport stores reportedly say they're interested in carrying her products, but Jordan says when she asked the airport, they turned her down.
 
"I think it's kind of crazy because I know you can buy a lot of other Colorado products there and this is part of our culture now, so it's a natural fit to me," Jordan said.
 
Colorado legalized the recreational use of marijuana ealier this year.
 
An airport spokesman acknowledged an employee turned down Jordan's request to sell her wares. The spokesman said the airport does not have a formal policy when it comes to selling pot-themed souvenirs and added that the facility is discussing the issue and will eventually make an official decision.
 

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Denver-area veterans given free marijuana at unusual event

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, September, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
veterans-give-free-mj-outDENVER - An event targeted at veterans handed out free marijuana to hundreds of people on Saturday, including edibles and medicinal versions of the plant, all in an effort organizers say was designed to help vets in need.
 
The Denver Cannibis Giveaway, gave out pot to the veterans and to the general public, who can now legally possess it in Colorado, as a different approach to treating veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder, reports CBS Denver.
 
"That's our mission, is to offer veterans a safe alternative to the dangerous prescription drugs that they're prescribed to deal with PTSD, TBI, chronic pain, and all sorts of other ailments," said Roger Martin, Operation Grow4Vets Executive Director.
 
But others objected to the distribution of marijuana publicly to veterans in this fashion.
 
"These people are getting marijuana with varying degrees of potency and THC. That could cause things like paranoia," said Bob Doyle of the Colorado Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) Coalition. "Obviously things that we wouldn't want somebody with PTSD to be experiencing."
 
Still, the vets who attended the event say marijuana is useful to them as medical treatment because they make more sense than harsher alternatives."I'm allergic to morphine opiates, I can't take them," said Mark Pitt, a Vietnam veteran. "So I don't have much choice other than do that."
 

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