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Couple Tries To Trade Weed And Shrooms For XBox

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
weed-and-shroms-for-xboxAs stoners, we know how awesome video games are. Running around collecting coins, shooting bad guys, or solving puzzles can be really fun. But if you’re really low on funds and can’t afford a gaming system, you’re pretty out of luck. This couple from Chadron, Nebraska didn’t think that way when they traded some cannabis and magic mushrooms for an Xbox after answering an online ad for the gaming system. 
 
Thirty year old Christopher Ames and twenty six year old Casandra Agnes were both arrested on Sunday, December 14th after Nebraska State Patrol found out about the deal. The police said that during the week of the 8th, Ames had answered an online ad offering an Xbox for sale in the Charon area. Ames texted the seller saying that he didn’t have any money but would be willing to trade for the illicit substances. While this kind of trade may have worked in a deal with a close friend, the person that Ames was talking to happened to be an officer of the Nebraska State Patrol. 
 
Working with WING Drug Task Force and the Chadron police, NPS began an investigation and set up a meeting place where the supposed deal was supposed to go down. The buyers were to meet the seller in a parking lot in Chadron. The couple was taken in to custody without trouble after the police intercepted them giving the trooper six grams of weed and two mushrooms in exchange for the Xbox. At the time of the deal, the couple had three children with them, ages two, four, and six. They were placed in protective custody when the couple was arrested. 
Ames was sent to the Dawes County Jail on charges of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, child abuse, and manufacturing a controlled substance. Anges was also put in Dawes County Jail on charges of aiding and abetting the consummation of a felony, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, and child abuse. 
 
Lesson? Don’t make deals to exchange illegal substances for game systems on the internet. And keep children away from any substances that may be considered dangerous to their welfare. The world of marijuana should be safe and content and should absolutely never put a child in danger. 

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Congress Ends Ban On Medical Marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
congress-ends-ban-on-mmjThe title doesn’t lie. This week, Congress officially signed a bill that would end the federal government’s harassment of medical marijuana dispensaries and patients across the US. With 1,603 pages, the federal spending measure marks the first time that Congress has approved a nationally significant legislation that is backed by the legalization advocates. This signals the end of almost two decades of tension between the states that want to push forward with marijuana and the federal government, which says that it’s not okay. 
Even though the Obama administration said last year that they would refrain from raiding places compliant with state laws, the raid numbers have never been higher. By signing this bill, President Obama (who has said that he plans to sign the bill this week) will make this policy an official law. Medical marijuana patients will be safe from federal prosecution. Another important realization that comes with this bill’s passing is the fact that there seem to be Republicans that are backing the individual will of the states, letting the individual cities and towns to orchestrate their own systems. 
 
“This is a victory for so many,” said Republican Rep Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, who was the measure’s co-author. He also said that this is “the first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana.” As of righter now, there are 32 states and Washington DC that have legalized pot or ingredients of the plant in order to treat illnesses. That’s far more than half, closing in on the final states. The movement began far back in the 1990s and has been steadily gaining momentum for years, exploding over social media and mainstream culture in the last five or so years. 
 
For many years, Congress has rejected the pleas of the states to govern their own marijuana laws. With this measure being passed, the federal government will be forbidden from using any of it’s resources to impede state medical marijuana laws. Having been rejected six times, the passing of this bill is a relief to activists everywhere. Washington DC legalized medical marijuana back in 1998 but Congress blocked the law for 11 years before allowing it to officially be implemented. 
“The war on medical marijuana is over,” said Bill Piper, a lobbyist with the Drug Policy Alliance. “Now the fight moves on to legalization of all marijuana. This is the strongest signal we have received from Congress that the politics have really shifted. Congress has been slow to catch up with the states and American people, but it is catching up."

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Why Science Is Having Trouble Reclassifying Marijuana

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 23rd 2014 by THCFinder
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Most people these days are aware of the fact that marijuana is classified as a Schedule 1 substance. This means that the government deems it as dangerous as ecstasy, LSD, and heroin. The DEA says that these Schedule 1 substances have “a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological or physical dependance.” But while most people are only a danger to their refrigerators when stoned and can quit at any time, there’s still little evidence as to why the government says weed is so bad. Why hasn’t science disproved them?
 
The main reason is that since the government says cannabis is a Schedule 1 substance, only limited research can be done on the plant. From long term effects to what THC does to developing brains, science would love to cover what the cannabis plant does. But with the government throwing people in jail for simply possessing the plant, science doesn’t have the legal right to research this potentially life saving plant. 
 
Even though the research can’t really be done, many scientists believe that the DEA is wrong to classify the plant as such a hard drug. The DEA also continues to uphold the idea that marijuana doesn’t have any medicinal qualities but yet the plant has been shown to help to fight cancer, glaucoma, and other progressive diseases as well as more common afflictions such as anxiety and depression. The unfortunate part of this situation is that this is a never ending circle. Since science can’t research marijuana in depth, they cannot present data to reclassify the plant. The DEA won’t reclassify without rock hard proof. 
Another negative effect of the Schedule 1 is that any state that legalizes cannabis for any reason is technically violating the federal law. Even though the Department of Justice released the Cole memo in 2013, stating that the federal government would leave marijuana states alone to enforce their own policies, dispensaries and grow operations are still raided on a daily basis. Not only that but banks are able to refuse service to marijuana businesses because the federal law says that the money is illegal.

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Uruguay; One Year Later

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, December, 22nd 2014 by THCFinder
uruguay-and-weedCan you believe that it’s already been a year since Uruguay legalized cannabis use for everyone? It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long but it has. And since then, it has been dubbed the “great experiment”. But the government hit a rough road over the last few months, with public sentiment continuing to go against legal cannabis and a rising presidential candidate in the country has vowed to repeal much of the law if elected. 
 
 
Voters in Uruguay granted the leftist Broad Front coalition another presidential term by electing 74 year old oncologist Tebare Vazquez over center-right National Party candidate Luis Lacalle Pou, 53% to 40%. In doing this, Uruguay managed to solidify its left leaning status and kept the country’s legal marijuana system alive, along with the government’s blossoming dispensary system. So for now, the Uruguay experiment continues. How have the effects been over the last year, though?
 
 
The laws in Uruguay allow private citizens to cultivate up to six plants in their houses and they can also form private grow clubs that produce significantly more. But all of the sales must go through the federal government, which is supposed to be setting up a network of dispensaries and determine prices. Each customer must register with a database that is run by the Ministry of Health and is restricted to buying 40 grams a month, more than most actually end up consuming. The prices were set at about $1 a gram, close to the street price of illicit marijuana that is imported from Paraguay. Smoking cannabis on the job remains illegal as does operating any kind of vehicles. Violators will be punished with fines up to $87, along with other penalties including destruction of the stash and elimination from the registry. 
 
 
While the government was supposed to set up a system, they’re still working on it. In November of this year, the National Board of Drugs said that they had to push back their open date to March. Progress was expected to be slow, as the government didn’t want the project to be rushed. “We are not just going to say ‘hands off and let the market take care of it,” President Jose Mujica told AFP this past July. “If the market is in charge, it is going to seek to sell the greatest possible amount.”
 
 
In short, nothing terrible has happened in Uruguay since the cannabis legalization passed. People seem to be doing okay, growing their marijuana in peace. The number of people smoking tobacco has decreased from 32% to 12% since 2005 and only 14% of Uruguayans between the ages of 16 and 64 have used marijuana. The legalization has also decreased the use of something called prensado paraguayo, a compressed blend of leaves, glue, oil, feces, chemicals, and so on.

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New Marijuana Survey Has Interesting Results

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
mj-surveyThe most common argument against marijuana legalization is the fact that people driving will be more likely to hit something or someone if they smoke and drive. More than 10% of Washington drivers have admitted to using cannabis within two hours of driving at some point over the past year. The Washington Traffic Safety Commission did roadside surveys over the summer and the results have finally been released showing that a quarter of those who drove after using cannabis believe that it actually makes them better drivers, with only 3% saying that it impaired their abilities behind the wheel.
 
 
The results were released on Monday by the Pacific Institute of Research, a non-profit organization that researches and provides assistance to states and communities on health related issues and concerns. Surveys like this are part of an ongoing effort to see how impaired drivers function after the opening of recreational weed shops last July. The first of the two followup surveys, one that was set up to measure attitudes and impaired driving, was completed recently. 
 
 
There were 926 drivers that were interviewed as part of the study conducted in June. The survey involved asking randomly selected drivers to volunteer information about their driving and drug use. In return for a stipend of up to $60, some drivers even blew in to breath testing machines and gave blood so that there could be tests done for alcohol, marijuana, over the counter meds, prescription, and other drugs. Thirty eight drivers declined to answer any of the questions but 888 drivers were willing to talk, with almost 70% saying that they had used cannabis at least once in their lives, with 220 says that they had used it in the past year.
 
 
Of those that used cannabis in the past year, 97 said that they drove within two hours of using cannabis and 24 said that it did indeed impair their driving. Only three of those who admitted that using cannabis before driving actually said that the plant made their driving worse. While a surprising number of drivers said that cannabis made them a safer driver, 40% said that they were “very likely” to be arrested for impaired driving.
 
 
Since the holiday season is coming, the traffic safety commission announced that police would be stepping up their patrols in order to look for drivers that may be impaired this holiday. If you are out smoking and driving, be sure that you are driving safe and are careful of yourself and other drivers. The stepped up enforcement of road laws will go back to normal on January 1st, 2015. 

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Five Crazy Marijuana Moments Of 2014

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
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This year has been a big one for the marijuana community but some of the things that have happened this year have made us stop and just say “Wait… What?” Legalization happened in Oregon and Alaska, as well as the almost passing for medical marijuana in Florida. Personal legalization passed in Washington DC and South Portland, Maine, as well as decriminalization in two New Mexico counties and six Michigan cities. According to High Times, these five moments in the year 2014, were some of the most ridiculous of the year.
 
 
“Marijuana Legalization = Filthy Toilets”
“Wonder of wonders, Lowe’s doesn’t want people acutely or sub-acutely under the influence of marijuana operating forklift, using circular saw, cutting ceramic tiles, driving company trucks - or cleaning it’s toilets!” This quote came from Christine Tatum, the wife of Dr. Christian Thurstone, who is a board member with the anti-legalization group Project SAM as well as a Denver based rehab entrepreneur. Tatum was complaining about terrible customer service at Lowe’s when a manager told her that they were understaffed because too few people were able to pass the pre-employment drug screen tests. No surprise, as more people than ever smoke marijuana these days. And just for the record, when Tatum said “sub-acutely”, she was referring to people under the influence of THC-COOH, marijuana’s non impairing metabolite that hangs out in your system for days after you smoke. Basicallly, Tatum was saying that someone who smoked weed on Friday wouldn’t be able to comprehend work on Monday because they’re too high.
 
 
Using marijuana will make your brain stop working.
When Dr. Stuart Gitlow claimed that using marijuana before the age of 25 would make your brain cease function, the marijuana community was shocked. Gitlow also stated that marijuana has no recorded history, saying “Will you die young, as with tobacco? We’ll have to wait a generation to find out, just as we didm with tobacco. Our children will be guinea pigs.” Cheech and Chong have been smoking for years and they’re still alive and healthy, even for their age. But you know, guinea pigs.
 
 
“Using marijuana will turn you in to an Islamic terrorist”
Author of Accuracy In Media, Cliff Kincaid, wrote about “black thug” Michael Bwon and “black juvenile delinquent” Trayvon Martin to demonstrate how marijuana turns normal people in to crazy criminals. Kincaid clearly hasn’t even smoked marijuana because if he had, he would know that the effects are completely the opposite than what he expects. But his best example of how weed makes you wacky is when he referred to a Canadian man who was a pothead that joined the infamous ISIS group and the Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who “was not only a dope smoker but a dealer”.
 
 
“It may be too early to draw a direct connection between jihad, marijuana, and mass murder,” writes Kincaid. “Bit it is worth considering whether consumption of the drug can alter the mind to such an extent that jihad becomes appealing to some mentally unstable individuals.”
 
 
Marijuana’s not less dangerous as meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin.
If you haven’t seen the epic video of Michele Leonhart, head of the DEA, getting grilled by Jared Polis and Steve Cohen, you should be looking it up right now. This video is epic in the fact that Leonhart doesn’t have any idea what to say when Pollis asks her questions about marijuana. The woman embarrasses herself even more when Cohen questions her, as seen below. 
 
 
Polis: Is crack worse for a person than marijuana?
 
Leonhart: I believe all illegal drugs are bad.
 
Polis: Is methamphetamine worse for somebody’s health than marijuana?
 
Leonhart: I don’t think any illegal drug is good.
 
Polis: (Slightly cutting off Leonhart) Is heroin worse for someone’s health than marijuana?
 
Leonhart: Again, all drugs…
 
Polis: (Cutting off Leonhart) It’s either ‘yes,’ ‘no,’ or ‘I don’t know.’  If you don’t know you can look this up.  You should know as the Chief administrator for the Drug Enforcement Agency.  Is heroin worse for someone’s health than marijuana?
 
 
Cohen: Would you agree that marijuana causes less harm to individuals than meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin?”
 
Leonhart: As a former police officer, as a 32-year DEA agent, I can tell you that I think marijuana is an insidious drug.
 
Cohen: That’s not the question I asked you ma’am.  Does [marijuana] cause less damage to the American society and to individuals than meth, crack, cocaine, and heroin?  Does it make people have to kill to get their fix?
 
Leonhart: I can tell you that more teens enter treatment for…
 
Cohen: (Cutting off Leonhart) Can you answer my question?
 
 
“Marijuana Killed Five Infants In Colorado”
Dr. Ronald Schwerzler is the medical director of Serenity Lane, a chain of rehabilitation centers. He was called on by the No on 91 campaign to be a medical advisor during a televised debate over the marijuana legalization measure. Much to the dismay of the No on 91 members, Schwerzler uttered some serious craziness while on TV. 
 
 
“Let’s just concentrate on those marijuana edibles. There have been five infant children deaths in Colorado that have picked up these drugs - from gummy bears to fruity pebbles - five young infants have died. Now if that’s not catastrophic, I don’t know what is.” But the audience had something else to say, erupting in angry protest as soon as Scwerzler uttered those words. “Lies! Where’s your source?” When someone shouted “Not true!”, he replied “Yeah it is.” The doctor later issued a retraction statement to a local newspaper.

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