Legalize Hemp! A Q&A with the CEO of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 18th 2012 by THCFinder

"We want to give our money to American farmers," says David Bronner, head of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps, which uses non-psychoactive hemp in its products. "Why are we continually handing it to Canadians?"


The answer? Because it's illegal to grow hemp in the United States. You can import hemp from other countries, but home-grown hemp - related to marijuana but lacking any ability to get you high - is strictly forbidden in the U.S. Indeed, the feds consider the plant - famously grown by George Washington and one of the most versatile natural substances known to mankind - the equivalent of its euphoria-inducing relative, marijuana.


Bronner supports lifting the ban on growing industrial hemp inside the United States. He was recently arrested outside the White House after protesting the current policy by locking himself in a metal cage with hemp plants. He sat down with Reason's Mike Riggs to discuss his arrest, the industrial applications of hemp, and the paths to legalization.


The madness of the industrial hemp ban in the U.S. is plainly evident for any logical person to see; no matter what your feelings about marijuana legalization, there is no reason to support hemp prohibition.



The Answer to all your questions

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 18th 2012 by THCFinder



Can Marijuana Make you a Better Dad?

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, September, 17th 2012 by THCFinder

Many people reading this know that marijuana can be invaluable in dealing with the stress of the day. And while there is a great stigma surrounding marijuana use – the hosts on The Young Turks even make several jokes about it – many who use cannabis find they are better able to deal with the people in their life, like their children.


After the hysterical cries of “neglect” and “child abuse” die down from those who oppose marijuana and know nothing about it, the issue can be examined logically. Many who use cannabis find that it enhances their concentration and slows down their mind to a point where they can appreciate things better. Of course, some find the opposite to be true; marijuana affects everyone differently. But for the dad discussed in this video, it has been a blessing.


“"But for me, at least, the benefits clearly outweigh the risks,” he writes. “I find the time I spend with my children to be qualitatively different and simply more fun when I take my medicine (always in private, never in front of them, never too much). I am able to become a kid again, to see things through my daughters' eyes and experience, if I'm lucky, the wonder of each new game, each new object and sound, as they do."


The simple fact is that for most people, marijuana is not as “inebriating” as alcohol and allows them to focus on what’s important.



Weeds finale imagines marijuana stores owned by Starbucks

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, September, 17th 2012 by THCFinder

Last night marked the finale of Showtime's Weeds, a series about cannabis selling that's sparked love and hate among local tokers. (Recall its satire of the Colorado pot industry and one character's recent claim that marijuana isn't medical.) Expect a similarly wide range of responses to a prediction in the wrap-up that weed will be legalized and commercialized into a biz coveted by Starbucks.

The last ep leaped forward in time; the number of years isn't specified, but protagonist Nancy Botwin's son Stevie, who'd been around six years old when last seen, is readying for his Bar Mitzvah. For her part, Nancy (played by Mary-Louise Parker) owns a chain of fifty marijuana shops.

This operation was largely financed by money provided in an under-the-table manner by a representative of the tobacco industry, who earlier in the season bankrolled Nancy's grower-son Silas (Hunter Parrish). Early on, however, Mr. Tobacco calls Nancy to reveal that the company's just received a huge acquisition offer -- from Starbucks, whose interior design was clearly the inspiration for the Botwin shops.

At first, Nancy rejects this idea -- but after a stressful series of family exchanges, she ultimately decides to sell, setting into motion a presumed future in which marijuana-infused beverages are sold in Tall, Grande and Venti sizes.

A funny notion? Sure, but what's the likelihood of it happening? Hard to say. Current polling shows Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act, leading among likely voters. But even if it passes -- and it's premature to make any predictions at this point -- a business model for recreational users will take years to sort out even without interference from the federal government, which certainly seems like a strong possibility at this point.




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Category: Culture | Posted on Sun, September, 16th 2012 by THCFinder



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Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, September, 15th 2012 by THCFinder



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