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No Weed-Out Classes: Marijuana State University Opens

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, April, 12th 2011 by THCFinder
Look no further, cannabis lovers. We've found your institution of higher learning.
 
Ray Logan, 56, a native of Portland, Maine who has grown his own weed for 30 years, held the first class at Marijuana State University earlier this month. He's registered under his state's medical marijuana law, which allows him to turn his formerly illegal hobby into an educational service.
 
Fifteen men attended Logan's first class in Portland, a three-hour workshop that teaches students how to cultivate the plant properly for medicinal purposes. He told the Portland Press Herald that he was happy with his first session's turnout but would like to double the class size at future workshops. Most of the men who attended were patients registered to use medicinal marijuana who wanted a cost-effective alternative to the expensive treatment.
 
The class, which according to Logan is not profitable or even self-supporting, costs $79, or $59 for students, senior citizens and veterans. There's still no verdict on who's eligible for in-state tuition.
 

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Marijuana State University Unveiled in Maine

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, April, 7th 2011 by THCFinder
Calling all "green" thumbs: A Maine man wants to teach you how to grow pot at Marijuana State University.
 
Ray Logan, 56, said he launched an instructional three-hour course to help friends and acquaintances who, like himself, use marijuana to cope with illness. Logan suffered a spinal injury during a skydiving accident in 1996 and later acquired a medical marijuana card in 2010.
 
"A lot of people just want to learn how to grow and it's not an easy plant to grow," Logan told FoxNews.com. "It's not just sticking a seed in soil and that's it."
 
Logan, of Wells, Maine, held his first class on marijuana cultivation at a hotel in Portland on April 2. Roughly 15 people attended the session, which included germination tips and instructions on correct levels for humidity, temperature and lighting.
 
"I get right into every technical aspect of it that's possible," Logan said. "I'm still studying it. I love the biology of the plant."
 
The classes also include information on the history of marijuana, details on various strains and instructions on how to grow marijuana using hydroponics, a method of growing plants using mineral solutions without water.
 

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Smoking Hot Women Featured in Medical Marijuana Benefit Competition

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, April, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
Less than two months after the competition was initially announced, online interest for the Miss Medical Marijuana competition has surpassed what anyone at the popular Marijuana news magazine even thought was possible. The contest is taking place as part of ongoing efforts by the Marijuana Legalization movement to gain mainstream support for the cause.
 
Web site visitors will be given the chance to select who they think should be crowned Miss Medical Marijuana, starting the first of April and ending on the 20th, also known as 4/20 or International Weed Day. Anyone can log on to the web site at PencilMethod.com and vote for whoever they feel is the best candidate.
 
"It is our belief that through fun, innovative and interactive campaigns such as this one, we'll be able to more effectively spread vital knowledge to young adults, many of whom already support our struggle without truly understanding why it's important," a representative of the PencilMethod.com staff said.
 
 

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Where are all the marijuana millionaires?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, March, 29th 2011 by THCFinder
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- When Drew Brown first opened Abundant Healing, a medical marijuana dispensary that serves nearly 300 patients, he dreamed of early retirement to Costa Rica, where he would spend his days as a beach bum renting surfboards to tourists.
 
Then came a regulatory crackdown. Fifteen months later, Brown's business -- mired in red tape and compliance costs -- isn't the moneyspinner he imagined it would be.
 
"I made more money doing concrete," says Brown. A former construction worker and oil rig roughneck, he and his business partner Dave Schwaab are among the thousands of Coloradans who jumped into the legal pot business in late 2009.
 
That's when the U.S. Department of Justice ordered federal prosecutors to lay off busting such businesses where they're legal under state laws -- sparking a Renaissance/gold rush.
 
Marijuana's use by qualifying patients had been quasi-legal in Colorado for almost a decade, since voters amended the state constitution in 2000 to allow it. But there were no statewide regulations governing its sale and distribution. The federal ban still trumps Colorado's state law, but enforcement was light. The rapidly expanding market seemed to promise piles of easy money.
 
Then in 2010 Colorado tightened the screws. New laws imposed tough and often expensive standards on how business could run. Suddenly owning a pot dispensary -- officially called a Medical Marijuana Center, or MMC -- became no more profitable than owning a liquor store.
 

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Medical Marijuana dispensary selling 'Joints for Japan'

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, March, 28th 2011 by THCFinder
LAKEWOOD - A medical marijuana business is donating 100 percent of the profit from marijuana joints to earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan.
 
Compassionate Pain Management's owner Shaun Gindi says he saw the devastation in Japan on the news, and floated the idea of donating some of his profits to help on Facebook.
 
After he got tons of positive feedback, he started brainstorming ideas for the campaign. After rejecting names like "Bake for the Quake" and "Joint Relief," he settled for what he thought was a more appropriate name of "Joints for Japan."
 
At Compassionate Pain Management's two locations in Lakewood and Louisville, joints sell for $5 a piece for those with a medical marijuana card and prescription. Gindi has promised 100 percent of the profits from those sales for at least the next two to three weeks to go to the Red Cross for recovery efforts in Japan.
 
Because marijuana remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, charitable giving is not recognized as a write-off. Gindi says his donations are completely from the heart.
 

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San Jose 420 Evaluations Outlines Usefulness in Treating Chronic Pain

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, March, 25th 2011 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana advocates have known for a long time that cannabis is an effective treatment for their patients who suffer from chronic pain, and recently released scientific studies from UC San Diego's Center for Medical Cannabis Research support this claim with solid evidence. San Jose 420 Evaluations, a medical marijuana dispensary, explains chronic pain and the various recent studies' conclusions about how marijuana helps alleviate its symptoms.
 
Pain, a signal from the nervous system to the brain that alerts it to possible injury, can be very useful. Chronic pain, wherein according to the National Institute for Health, "pain signals keep firing in the nervous system for weeks, months, even years," can cause terrible suffering in people's daily lives. According to the American Pain Foundation, 50 million Americans suffer from persistent pain each year, causing sleep difficulties, absenteeism at work, social effects and other related hardships. According to an article in TIME Magazine, $50 billion is spent on it annually in this country. Chronic pain may result from an injury, come with age, or be associated with other ailments.
 
The National Pain Foundation explains that the human body contains cannaboid receptors in the brain, spinal cord and immune system. Cannaboids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a chemical compound found in marijuana, react with the cannaboid receptors to alleviate symptoms of pain.
 
Recent controlled studies have demonstrated marijuana's effectiveness on treating chronic pain associated with a number of other diseases. UC San Diego's Center for Medicinal Cannabis Research found that, among other things, 
 
Marijuana helps neuropathic pain that is unaffected by aspirin and fairly resistant to opiods.
 
 HIV patients with neuropathic pain showed a 34% reduction in reported pain when they smoked 3 marijuana cigarettes per day, as opposed to 17% in the control group.
 
Another study found that two groups of patients suffering pain associated with a variety of other ailments experienced a 46% pain decrease when they smoked, compared with 27% in the control group.
Spasms and pain related to Multiple Sclerosis were reduced by 32% and 50%, respectively, compared with 2% and 22% in the control subjects.
 
Prescription pain killers can have many undesirable side effects including constipation, drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, and lowered sex drive, not to mention tolerance and addiction. Side effects of marijuana tend to be much milder, if present at all.
 
 

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