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Survey: 58 Percent Of Americans Say Treat Marijuana Like Alcohol

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, September, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
mj-like-alcoholBy Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director
 
Nearly 60 percent of Americans support regulating cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol, according to an analysis of over 450,000 online responses collected by the online polling data company CivicScience over a nearly two-year period.
 
Fifty-eight percent of respondents said that they would support “a law in [their] state that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana like alcohol?” Thirty-five percent of respondents said that they would oppose such a change in law.
 
An analysis of responses provided within the past three months found even stronger support for legalization, with 61 percent of those polled endorsing marijuana law reform.
 
Democrats, men, and those respondents between the ages of 25 to 34 were most likely to support regulating cannabis.
 
Though the CivicScience survey is not a scientific poll, its findings are similar to those previously reported by Gallup in 2013. In that poll, 58 percent of respondents similarly backed legalizing marijuana. More recently, in April, national polling data published by the Pew Research Center reported that 54 percent of Americans support legalizing the plant.
 

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Police chief: Legalize marijuana, use tax revenue to fund drug treatment

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, September, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
legalize-mj-says-police-chiefMadison Police Chief Mike Koval endorsed the legalization of marijuana last week, saying the drug should be regulated and taxed, with revenues used to fund treatment programs for harder drugs.
 
The comments came during an interview with the State Journal Wednesday about data showing African-Americans in Madison were arrested or cited for marijuana offenses at about 12 times the rate of whites in the city.
 
Koval called efforts to enforce laws against marijuana an “abject failure,” and said the same about the broader war on drugs. “We’ve done such an abysmal job using marijuana as a centerpiece of drug enforcement, that it’s time to reorder and triage the necessities of what’s more important now,” Koval said.
 
Referring to the states of Washington and Colorado, which have legalized the drug for recreational use and sell it at state-regulated stores, he said it was time for Wisconsin to consider doing the same.
 
Koval said he would like to see the state “acknowledge the failure” of marijuana prohibition and instead focus on the “infinite amount of challenges” posed by drugs such as heroin. Taxes from the legal sale of marijuana, he said, would create state revenue that could then be used to fund drug treatment and expand the capacity of drug court programs that divert addicts from the criminal justice system.
 
Once relegated to the fringe of the political spectrum, proponents of marijuana legalization have seen their numbers swell in recent years. Along with Washington and Colorado, 23 states have legalized marijuana for medical use.
 
The cause has not advanced
 

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How To Get Rid Of Pests And Bugs On Marijuana Plants

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, September, 10th 2014 by THCFinder

Cannabis or marijuana, is a flowering plant growing up to 13′ tall and are either male or female.  Cannabis is an annual plant, meaning it grows from April through September. Marijuana grows well in warm climates.  It is the female plant that produces flowers.  Flowering is best achieved in the cannabis plant when it receives equal amounts of light and darkness.  Marijuana can be grown indoors in ‘grow rooms’ under artificial light, or outdoors in natural light conditions.  They require little fertilization other than nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur.

As a flowering plant, cannabis is susceptible to pests just as any other garden flora.  It is not recommended to use pesticides on marijuana plants, not only for environmental purposes, but due to the harm that can be caused to humans once ingested or inhaled.  If you are not willing to apply organic treatments or deterrents to control pests, use only those pesticides marked ‘safe to use on food crops’, as cannabis is considered such due to its end use. Make sure to download my free grow guide and learn what pests are harmful for marijuana plants and how to fight them. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about getting rid of pests and bugs on your marijuana plants.

Most pests affecting cannabis growth are insects, while slugs, rodents, birds and mammals can be attracted to the plants during certain growth periods.  Over three hundred types of insects have been noted on marijuana plants, however very few actually cause crop damage.  In fact, cannabis is known to be pest tolerant; nevertheless, no life on this earth is immune to pests and/or disease.  We will examine the detrimental pests and what you can do send them on their buggy way later in this book.  First we will offer some advice on overall protection you can provide through simple measures taken at the time of first planting your crop.

There are some techniques you can apply when planting your garden that will naturally resist many types of pests through Mother Nature’s implementation of cause and effect.  These tips should be utilized to save you time and trouble in combating uninvited guests into your cannabis crop, or any garden for that matter.  Since pests rarely occur indoors naturally but are carried in from the outside, our discussion will concentrate on marijuana grown outdoors and the possible threats you may encounter.

When preparing the soil for planting, mix organic compost with the existing soil.  This will create heat at the root system, promoting growth and will provide a home for worms which work hard to make the soil nutrient rich.  Let the amended soil conjoin for a few weeks before introducing plants or seedlings, so as to avoid ‘burning’ the plants.  Once in place, cover the newly planted area with a three to four inch layer of mulch.  This promotes water retention and gives frogs and toads a hidey-hole haven to call home during the day.  At night, these beneficial reptiles will emerge to feast on nocturnal bugs.  By implementing this procedure at the outset, you will spend less time watering and have a built-in pest patrol.

Another natural pest deterrent is to intersperse marigolds throughout the cannabis crop.  Many pests are naturally repelled by marigolds.  They require little care which saves time in the long run.  Marigolds give off a pungent smell which repels many insects normally attracted to flowering plants and vegetables.  Flying insects, beetles, spider mites and even rabbits do not like the smell and will steer clear of your crop.  Additionally, marigold roots release a chemical called alpha-terthienyl which damages and repels nematodes.  Nematodes can cause severe crop-loss.

Companion planting, meaning adding plants with like growth patterns and nutritional needs, will not only help to disguise your crop, but will encourage beneficial insects to help combat those that serve as a detriment.

These preventative planting tips will aid in avoiding damaging pests, but will not totally keep your cannabis garden from harm.  We will now look at which critters are more likely to invade your crop in order of severity, and offer natural or organic methods you can implement in order to save your plants.

If you want to start growing, download my free grow guide and order some marijuana seeds. All top quality marijuana seeds are available in my marijuana seed shop. We ship seeds to the US, CA and many other countries. For any growing related question please visit the marijuana support page.

Source: http://www.theweedblog.com


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The N.F.L.s Absurd Marijuana Policy

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, September, 9th 2014 by THCFinder
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LOS ANGELES — VIRTUALLY every single player in the N.F.L. has a certifiable need for medical marijuana.
 
The game we celebrate creates a life of daily pain for those who play it. Some players choose marijuana to manage this pain, which allows them to perform at a high level without sacrificing their bodies or their minds.
 
I medicated with marijuana for most of my career as a tight end from 2003 through 2008. And I needed the medication. I broke my tibia, dislocated my shoulder, separated both shoulders, tore my groin off the bone once and my hamstring off the bone twice, broke fingers and ribs, tore my medial collateral ligament, suffered brain trauma, etc. Most players have similar medical charts. And every one of them needs the medicine.
 
Standard pain management in the N.F.L. is pain pills and pregame injections. But not all players favor the pill and needle approach. In my experience, many prefer marijuana. The attitude toward weed in the locker room mirrors the attitude in America at large. It’s not a big deal. Players have been familiar with it since adolescence, and those who use it do so to offset the brutality of the game. The fact that they made it to the N.F.L. at all means that their marijuana use is under control.
 
Had marijuana become a problem for me, it would have been reflected in my job performance, and I would have been cut. I took my job seriously and would not have allowed that to happen. The point is, marijuana and excellence on the playing field are not mutually exclusive.
 
A good example is Josh Gordon, the Cleveland Browns wide receiver who led the league last year with 1,646 receiving yards, despite missing two games for testing positive for codeine (for a strep throat, he said). He was suspended again late last month for the entire season after testing positive for marijuana. (At least five others were also suspended last year and this year for marijuana, according to the magazine Mother Jones.)
 
Most players are tested once a year under the N.F.L.’s substance abuse policy, between April 20 and Aug. 9. But players who test positive for a banned drug are placed in the league’s substance abuse program, where the testing is more frequent. It is in this probationary program that players tend to falter.
 
Gordon had marijuana in his system. He broke the rules. I understand that. But this is a rule that absurdly equates marijuana with opiates, opioids and PCP. The N.F.L.’s threshold for disciplinary action for marijuana is 10 times higher than the one used by the International Olympic Committee.
 

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Life In Prison For Pot And Other Travesties Of Marijuana Prohibition

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, September, 5th 2014 by THCFinder
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Now that growing and selling marijuana are legitimate businesses in Colorado and Washington, the injustice of sending people to prison for engaging in those activities is starker than ever before. This week at Reason.com, for example, Aaron Malin highlighted the case of Jeff Mizanskey, a Missouri man who has served 21 years of a life sentence he received for a series of marijuana offenses.
 
In 1984 Mizanksey sold an ounce of pot to a police informant, which led to a search of his home that turned up eight more ounces. Seven years later, acting on a tip that Mizanskey was selling pot, police obtained a search warrant and found less than three ounces in his home.  In 1993 Mizanskey went to a motel room with a friend who planned to buy a few pounds of marijuana. The supplier turned out to be another informant cooperating with police in a sting operation.
 
Under Missouri’s “three strikes” law, those three felonies triggered a mandatory life sentence. As Malin observes, Mizanskey “never hurt anyone, never brandished a weapon, and never sold to children.” Yet he was punished more severely than many rapists and murderers. His only hope of freedom lies with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, who has the power to commute his sentence.
 
Mizanskey’s case is unusual but not unique. In a 2013 report on thousands of nonviolent offenders serving sentences of life without parole, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) describes 14 other cases where people received that penalty for marijuana offenses. The ACLU’s list is not exhaustive, because it includes data for only nine states, plus the federal prison system. It also does not include de facto life sentences imposed as terms of years.
 
 
Like Mizanskey, the marijuana lifers in the ACLU report are all victims of laws aimed at “habitual offenders.” Terrance Mosley, for instance, is serving a life sentence in Louisiana because police found two pounds of marijuana in a car in which he was sitting. Mosley, who says he was just getting a ride, insists the pot was not his. The driver received probation, but Mosley got life because of two prior offenses he committed as a teenager, both involving small amounts of cocaine.
 

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Washington entrepreneur creates, bottles marijuana-infused soda, coffee

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 27th 2014 by THCFinder
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Call it pop, call it soda — it’s all made with weed.
 
A new line of cannabis carbonated beverages brewed by a Washington state entrepreneur promises a different kind of buzz to go along with your sugar rush.
 
“Legal” sparkling sodas infused with marijuana hit shelves at legal weed dispensaries around the state Monday, as did bottles of cold brewed coffee meant for pot aficionados looking for a different kind of edible.
 
 
It could even replace the traditional bottle of wine presented at dinner parties.
 
"It's much more approachable, as opposed to 'Hey, mom and dad, do you want a joint?'" drink creator Adam Stites told KGW-TV.
 
The drinks provide a pot kick, along with natural ingredients.
 
Stites’ company, called Mirth Provisions, provides the first marijuana drinkables to hit the market nearly two months after pot became legal in Washington on July 8. The cold brew coffees will allow you to “take on the day with a smooth buzz and a grin a mile wide,” the company’s website promises of the drink, which contains 20 milligrams of THC, the ingredient in marijuana that gets you stoned.
 
Cherry, Lemon Ginger or Pomegranate provide 10 milligrams each of locally grown cannabis extract with all natural ingredients and are created specifically for different activities, be it “couch, meet butt,” or “riding through the clouds on the back of a mythological beast.”
 

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