CU Boulder's '4/20 Smoke-Out' Event Faces Possibility Of Shut Down

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 1st 2011 by THCFinder
Students need to step up and fight to keep the 4/20 smoke-out event going!!!!
University of Colorado Boulder has released results from a first-ever study of its undergraduates’ participation in the annual "4/20 Smoke-Out" event on campus that in recent years has drawn close to 10,000 pot smokers to the school, according to The Huffington Post.
The survey was conducted so school leaders could better gauge student perceptions of what has become a large-scale event in recent years that the university would like to see shut down, according to The Denver Post.
7News reports that CU Boulder pays approximately $50,000 annually to hire personnel from the sheriff and police departments as security for the event. And with the university facing a $50 million shortfall in state funding over the last two years, the expense of this event is seen as waste of valuable resources.
The study results seem to suggest that University of Colorado will not face much resistance from students. Only 24 percent of those surveyed (nearly 3,700 attendees) smoked pot or ate food containing pot at the event, for the other 76 percent, the gathering was just an event to observe, according to the "4/20 Survey."
According to a CU Boulder press release, Interim vice chancellor for student affairs Deb Coffin said this about the gathering:
This event is not welcome on our campus, and we now know from this survey that 75 percent of the students that report attending do not smoke marijuana at the gathering -- a great critical mass of students to partner with as we work to end it.
Many of the pot smokers that attend the event thought that the school sanctioned it, approximately 50 percent of the attendees surveyed, according to the study.
The Daily Camera reports that the desire to shut the event down does not just come from administration, student leaders want to help end the event as well. Student body president Andrew Yoder said this to the Daily Camera:
The majority of respondents didn’t participate in smoking pot. I think it’s a good stance for student representatives to take.


Medical Marijuana is The New Midol? California Docs Pitch Cannabis to Fairer Sex

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, July, 27th 2011 by THCFinder
‚ÄčIn Los Angeles, the cannabis club capital of the nation, we know that medical marijuana is good for, well, whatever you write down on the clipboard in the pot doc's office.
Bad backs, migraines, sore muscles, break-ups, raves, Snoop Dogg concerts.
But, ever the clever marketing minds, some cannabis quacks in the Bay Area have come up with a new, novel angle for prescribing weed:
Marijuana is the new Midol. (And, frankly, a bowl has got to be a hell of a lot better than a pill).
The clever graduates of overseas medical schools (we kid) at Greenway Medical Marijuana Physician Evaluations say they've got the cure for the monthly blues:
For many women, monthly menstrual cycles include cramping, and they can also include nausea and backaches. Cannabis is prescribed for cancer patients specifically because it helps target pain and nausea, so it follows that it would also be a good herbal remedy for cramps. Medicinal marijuana also has many secondary, non-psychological effects on the body, including the relaxation of smooth muscles that may be causing the cramps. Indica strains would be beneficial both prior and during the cycle.
Boo-ya. New demographic. But there's more:
They say weed is good for all kinds of (mostly) lady problems, from anorexia (it stimulates the potato chip gene) to menopause (helps patients sleep through hot flashes and can allegedly increase the libido).
Love it. Cannabis is your bud, too, girls.
Anyway, we appreciate the moxie of these physicians. We're just waiting for them to discover the GQ-reading metrosexual market. Weed would be a great cure for the curses of over-employment, ambition and, of course, having-it-together syndrome. (We kid! Comment away).


Sheriffs Threaten to Kill Paraplegic Mans Dog in Marijuana Bust

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, July, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder
When Alameda County sheriffs obtained a warrant based on an anonymous tip, to search paraplegic Jason Rivera’s home for marijuana, they came to talk to Rivera at his recording studio first. Rivera, a medical marijuana patient, was shocked when deputies threatened to kill his dog if he didn’t cooperate with the search:
"We can do this the easy way and you can take us to your house to look around," Rivera recounts the deputy saying, "or we can detain you for six hours while we get a warrant and go to your house and shoot your dog."
The killing of family pets by SWAT officers during marijuana raids has generated numerous headlines recently, including chilling video of a raid in Columbia, Missouri, where a man’s dog was shot seven times while the man’s seven-year-old child slept in the next room.  In these cases, police spokespersons defend the actions of the officers by explaining that in these no-knock raids, securing the premises and eliminating immediate threats to officer safety is standard operating procedure.
Of course, in Rivera’s case the police were obviously aware of the dog ahead of time so it in no way posed a threat to them – at least not one that required them to shoot the dog. Then again, the use of marijuana especially by people suffering from chronic pain poses no threat to the rest of society. So we have layers upon layers of absurdity at work here.
Which, again, is no real surprise given that we’re talking about the War on Drugs.


Reality show to focus on Oakland medical marijuana dispensary

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, July, 20th 2011 by THCFinder
The Discovery Channel announced today that it will produce a reality series about Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the nation’s largest medical cannabis dispensary.
“Weed Wars,” scheduled to premiere this fall, “fearlessly pulls back the curtain on a once illegal and still controversial world,” according to a press release issued by Discovery.
In 2004, Oakland became the first city to license medical cannabis outlets. The Harborside Health Center, founded by Steve DeAngelo, serves over 80,000 patients. It recently extended its reach with a second location in San Jose.
In addition to DeAngelo and his staff, “Weed Wars” will follow the journey of the plant itself — from seed germination to harvesting, profiling growers and farmers along the way. “(The show) is a fascinating glimpse into this highly unique setting,” said Nancy Daniels, executive vice president of production and development for Discovery Channel.


Nazi Twins Now Pot-Smoking Liberals

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, July, 18th 2011 by THCFinder
Tween twins Lynx and Lamb Gaede, who sparked controversy years ago with their neo-nazi rock band Prussian Blue, have grown up and changed their ways – disavowing the White Nationalism they once championed for diversity and smoking marijuana.
Now 19, the Gaede girls’ new perspective on life is a jarring contrast to the one they held only six years ago. Back then, Lynx told ABC News, “We’re proud of being White, we want to keep being White. We want our people to stay White [….] we don’t want to just be, you know, a big muddle. We just want to preserve our race.”
The twins’ move towards liberalism started to take shape during a 2006 European tour, where they were billed with Swedish White Nationalist singer Saga. During their set, the girls did a rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” which was received with boos and jeers from the mostly-skinhead audience.
Although they never had any chart success, Prussian Blue did get a lot of press – as “the new face of hate” from a media that the two claim “misrepresented them and sensationalized their beliefs.” The stress took its toll on both of the girls – doctors had to remove a cancerous tumor from Lynx’s shoulder during her freshman year of high school, and she developed a rare condition called CVS, cyclic vomiting syndrome. Lamb suffers from scoliosis and chronic back pain, as well as lack of appetite and intense emotional stress.
During several of her conversations with The Daily, Lamb “burst into tears as she agonized about how to balance her love for her mother with her desire to let the world know that the girls have moved on,” the online paper writes.
Their attempts at finding a cure to their ills led through an array of alternative medicine treatments, which, eventually came to medical marijuana. Lynx claims it “saved [her] life” and she “would be dead without it.” They two have now become advocates for legalizing the drug, and hope to make it legal across America.


Pot-for-cancer caregiver faces 8 years

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, July, 14th 2011 by THCFinder
A card-carrying medical marijuana caregiver who was growing marijuana in his backyard to treat his wife's stage-3 breast cancer will be sentenced Thursday for manufacturing marijuana.
Gary Alan Katz, 59, pleaded guilty in June to manufacturing marijuana, a charge that resulted after officers with the Livingston and Washtenaw Narcotics Enforcement Team raided his home Aug. 10.
Both the defendant and his wife, Jeanne Katz, who was not charged in the case, declined to comment. Attempts to reach Gary Katz's attorney were unsuccessful.
"The fact you're doing a good thing on the side doesn't justify" illegal behavior, Prosecutor David Morse said when asked why Gary Katz was charged.
"We cut the guy some slack. There were guns recovered," Morse said. "He could have been charged as a felon in possession of a firearm. ... I recognize he may have been doing some good things there, but there are other ways to help."
Morse said Jeanne Katz was not charged because she had no liability in the found marijuana.
Gary Katz's prior criminal history includes a conviction for delivery/manufacturing of marijuana. He faces up to eight years in prison when sentenced Thursday on the manufacturing charge.



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