Former Canadian Officer Suggests Cannabis Breathalyzer
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, June, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
While Canadians are known for their super laid back approach to the marijuana business and have been a pioneer in new aspects of the plant, they've really taken a few steps back with this new invention of theirs. The invention? A cannabis breathalyzer that will supposedly show how much a person has smoked when they get pulled over on the side of the road. The goal? To get Canadians to fear punishment and adjust their lax attitude.
Kal Malhi is a former member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, division of drug enforcement, and is the person behind the cannabis breathalyzer. Dr. Raj Attariwala, a Vancouver radiologist, helped out with this creation as well. The two say that the most accidents that end up coming through the ER are people who have been impaired somehow. Citizens of Canada are outraged, considering that the benefits outnumber those of alcohol and now the two are being treated the same way. But while most people will explain that cannabis doesn't have the negative effects that alcohol does, a study in 2011 that was published in the BC Medical Journal suggests that cannabis "like alcohol, impairs the psychomotor skills required for save driving. Cannabis intoxication slows reaction time and impairs automated tasks such as tracking ability (staying in the same lane) or monitoring the speedometer."
Malhi and Attariwala say that people are getting really afraid to drink and drive, since the laws against being drunk while behind the wheel are seriously harsh. But while those laws are intense, the laws against being high while driving are simply a 24-hour roadside suspension. These two don't think that that penalty is enough. The Cannabis Breathalyzer will make it easier for police to detect who has been smoking as well as come in useful at workplaces that drug test. The invention still has a lot of testing and work to be done on it and is expected to pass through the necessary authorities within the next 18 months.
Colorado Issues Regulations On Cannabis Edibles And Concentrates
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, June, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
There are many ways to consume cannabis. Long gone are the days when everyone just smoked joints or used small metal pipes. The cannabis consumer is getting more sophisticated every day, especially in Colorado. More and more people in Colorado are consuming cannabis edibles and concentrates. This has led to the need for regulations specific to edibles and concentrates.
Edibles and concentrates are trickier to regulate than flower. Edibles and concentrates involve flower, but also require additional processes. Dosage levels are stronger than flower, which creates even more issues. Getting the right regulations is important to minimize issues as Colorado continues to implement cannabis legalization. Of course, Maureen Dowd illustrated the need for both proper labeling and responsible use in her recent column detailing her experience when eating too much of edible, particularly for a novice.
Two new bills have been signed that will hopefully get solid and fair regulations in place. Per High Times:
Last week, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a pair of bills intended to establish tighter regulations for cannabis edibles and concentrates throughout the state. The edible legislation creates a task force to design packaging and labeling to ensure pot-edible products are clearly distinguishable from regular food products, especially critical for cannabis-laced items like cookies and candy that can potentially appeal to children.
The concentrate legislation authorizes a scientific study to guide the State Licensing Authority in establishing the equivalency of one ounce of pot in cannabis retail products, such as hash oil. Some lawmakers have expressed concern that an ounce of cannabis concentrate is considerably more potent than an ounce of flowers.
Colorado and Washington are doing something that no other state in America has ever done before – implement cannabis legalization. Creating regulations from scratch is no easy task, for any industry. There is no playbook for how to implement cannabis legalization properly. The rules are being written and re-written as the process goes along. However, I think Colorado is doing a stellar job at navigating the uncharted territory.
Marijuana at airports: Colo., Wash., adjust to new laws
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, June, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
It's been about six months since specialty shops selling recreational marijuana began operating legally in Colorado. In July, the first batch of shops licensed to sell retail weed will open in Washington State.
Both states prohibit locally-purchased pot from crossing state lines and marijuana remains illegal under the federal laws that also govern the aviation industry.
So as the busy summer travel season begins, we checked in with the TSA and some of the airports in the pot-pioneering states to see how they're enforcing – or plan to enforce – rules prohibiting passengers from taking pot on a plane.
TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein emphasizes that the agency's focus remains "terrorism and security threats to the aircraft and its passengers." And if you search for "marijuana" on the TSA's "Can I bring my ... through the security checkpoint?" tool, you'll get a message that begins "TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs."
But if TSA officers discover something – let's say a small amount of locally-legal pot – in a passenger's carry-on or checked luggage that may violate the federal law, Feinstein says those officers are required to refer the matter to local enforcement, "whose officials will determine whether to initiate a criminal investigation."
In an effort to keep travelers from trying, even inadvertently, to take pot through security checkpoints, airports in Colorado have instituted a variety of measures.
In January, Denver International instituted a policy that bans marijuana anywhere on airport property, including pre-security areas where having small amounts of pot would otherwise be allowed. Signs announcing the rules are posted and remind travelers that the airport can impose fines of up to $999.
Word seems to have gotten out: Since the beginning of the year, only ten passengers have been found to have small amounts of marijuana on them at the TSA checkpoints. "The Denver Police Department was called for each person and they all voluntarily complied with our rules by throwing [the pot] away before flying," said airport spokesman Heath Montgomery. "We established our rules early and worked to educate people about our expectations. That seems to be an effective combination," he said.
Other airports in Colorado are reporting much of the same.
At the Colorado Springs Airport, the local police department installed an amnesty box and as well as signs alerting passengers to the laws governing traveling across state lines with marijuana.
"We asking people to voluntarily comply," said Lt. Catherine Buckley of the Colorado Springs Police Department, "and so far only a small amount – 1.4 grams – has been turned in on one occasion."
In cooperation with its local sheriff's department, in January the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport set up signs and an amnesty box as well.
"We haven't really noticed too much of an issue," said Brian Grefe, the airport's assistant aviation director of administration, only that many images of its amnesty box have been showing up online. "It's been one of our biggest social media hits," said Grefe.
As Washington State gets ready for its first licensed recreational pot shops to open, "the best lesson it can take from Colorado is that while it is illegal to transport marijuana out of the state, people are still going to inadvertently show up with it at the airport," said Jeff Price an aviation and security expert and an a professor at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.
Read more: http://www.usatoday.com
MARIJUANA-INFUSED LUBRICANT PROMISES MULTIPLE ORGASMS
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, June, 17th 2014 by THCFinder
Have you ever dreamed of getting your genitals high? Well, that dream is now a reality. California medical marijuana provider Aphrodite Group recently introduced "Foria," a marijuana-infused lubricant that promises heightened sexual pleasure and multiple orgasms.
"For most women, relaxation is a key attribute in the experience of pleasure and arousal," Foria creator Matthew Gerson told Shape magazine. "We live in the time and era where we have a lot of residual stresses coursing through our bodies because of modern technology and the pace we're all living. The body's been around a lot longer than our iPhones have."
According to the product website's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), the lubricant should not be used the same way as traditional lube; instead, women would need to apply it a half hour before sex, so that the marijuana compounds "can be fully activated and absorbed" by the body.
The website lists the ways Foria users might experience greater sexual pleasure:
The experience may vary from time to time. Some women have experienced feelings of enhanced warmth, increased blood flow, tingling, and relaxation. Others have found it easier to reach orgasm or to have multiple orgasms, or that their climaxes are longer and/or more intense. For other women it has helped with relaxation and sleeping.
Still, the lube is not cheap. A one-ounce bottle will set you back $88, although a smaller, 5ml bottle is available for $24 on the product website. Like all products infused with marijuana, only California residents with valid medical marijuana licenses are allowed to purchase the lubricant, although the company is working to bring the product to Colorado and Washington, where marijuana is recreationally legal.
For those worried about tipping off their sexual proclivities to drug-sniffing dogs at airports, have no fear: according to the website, the lube is "virtually scent-free."
Molybdenum Deficiency In Marijuana Plants
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, June, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
Molybdenum deficiencies are quite uncommon, but they do have a higher incidence in marijuana strains that change colors in cold temperatures. The symptoms will start with middle leaves that turn yellow. The signs of the deficiency will move toward the shoots and younger leaves as they become twisted and curled.
Leaves will turn pale and have a fringed or scorched look. Their growth will also slow or look strange. Older leaves that have experienced chlorosis will have rolled margins, slowed growth, and tips that curl inward and are red.
It’s not uncommon to falsely think that a molybdenum deficiency is actually a nitrogen deficiency. But, molybdenum affects the middle of the marijuana plant and then moves up (making it extremely mobile) while nitrogen starts out at the bottom. Download my free marijuana grow bible for more tips about nutrients and marijuana plants.
By contrast, an excess of molybdenum may resemble an iron or copper deficiency. Molybdenum primarily works from within enzymes to help transform nitrates into ammonia. The ammonia is important for protein production, making molybdenum rather essential.
Obviously, it’s important to stop a molybdenum deficiency before it even starts. Products like Marijuana Booster will certainly help with that endeavor. You may also want to use a foliar spray composed of water-soluble fertilizers. To avoid over-fertilization, use a small amount of a hydroponic micronutrient mix for this task. You can use them as foliar sprays or apply them directly to the soil.
Read more: http://www.theweedblog.com
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