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 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 staff said.


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.


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.


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.


Cannabis-Based Drug Awaits Approval in Scotland

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, March, 24th 2011 by THCFinder

Scottish patients and doctors are anxiously awaiting the decision of whether or not a cannabis-based drug will be approved for use to treat patients. The drug, called Sativex, is a mouth spray that would help relieve problems associated with multiple sclerosis like aching spasms and other mobility issues. The drug was developed by doctors after some people broke the law to obtain the drug in an effort to relieve their symptoms.

Scotland, which has more than 10,000 sufferers of MS, making it one of the highest in the world, faces opposition on both sides of the argument. For example, Dr. Jayne Spink of the MS Society said that the new drug has gone through plenty of testing and has been helpful to MS patients who haven’t responded will to other types of treatments. “We think the treatment should be available to anyone who needs it”, she said.

On the other hand, people like Michael Morgan, husband of an MS sufferer, who believes that the decision in favor of the drug would be nothing more than a soul-destroying decline. “There are hard-working chemists out there creating ways to help people like Michelle, only to have their methods squashed by bureaucrats”, he said. “What hope can we have that other new treatments for MS – like stem cell research – won’t be blocked too? We’re just clutching at straws”.

No one knows exactly when the decision will be made, but Dr. Simon Fletcher said there was not yet enough evidence supporting the drug.



When Brooklyn Was a Marijuana Town

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, March, 23rd 2011 by THCFinder
In the summer of 1951, the Department of Sanitation uprooted and destroyed more than 17,000 pounds of marijuana growing in Brooklyn lots. At the time, the entire city was a "marijuana jungle," Ben Gocker wrote on the Brooklyn Public Library's Brooklynology blog in January, with plants as tall as Christmas trees sprouting from the borough's "marijuana plantations," amounting to millions of dollars worth of the drug. Brooklyn had the city's second largest haul, just slightly behind Queens.
The plants tended to grow in "anonymous vacant lots": on Avenue X; near the 3 train's present-day New Lots terminus (at the corner of Livonia and Warwick); and at 82 Butler Street in Cobble Hill, where more than 100 pounds of pot were discovered in 1953. Plants grew on the banks of the Newtown Creek in "lush impudence," according to a historic Brooklyn Eagle article quoted by the Carroll Gardens Patch. Confiscated crops were taken to Woodside, where they were incinerated.
Patch also dug up a 1951 New Yorker article, in which a reporter travels with the chief sanitation inspector on a sweep of Brooklyn:
“We can’t hope to wipe it out entirely,” Gleason told the magazine’s reporter. “A lot of it is planted, but the weed grows freely here, and most of the marijuana in the city is probably in the back yards of people who don’t know what it is, and therefore don’t report it. Each plant bears clusters of seeds that are blown away by the wind and sprout elsewhere.”



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