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Courts, US public at odds over worker firings for 'legal' marijuana use

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
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A worker in Colorado who undergoes a random drug test is found to test positive for marijuana use, but in less than a month pot-smoking will legal in there. Can a company with a zero-tolerance policy for illegal drug use still fire that worker, or should it instead adjust its policy on employee drug use? 
 
That's just one of many questions that employers in both Colorado and the state of Washington are wrestling with as they adjust to new marijuana laws, which as of Jan. 1 will permit individuals to buy and possess up to an ounce of pot.
 
The issues to consider are legion: How much discretion do firms have over how to handle workers who smoke pot in their nonwork hours? Can some kinds of workers (officers of the law, public transit drivers, school teachers) be held to a stricter standard than others? And perhaps most germane, when does federal law, which still outlaws marijuana possession and use, trump state law? 
 

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Smokin' on the slopes? Colorado ski resorts issue weed warning as legalization nears

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 3rd 2013 by THCFinder
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Washington –  The stakes are high for Colorado’s multi-billion dollar ski industry.  
 
As the state prepares to legalize recreational marijuana on Jan. 1, Rocky Mountain resorts are preparing for a rush of pot smokers looking to light up on the slopes. One might think that skiing and pot-smoking would be an unwise combination -- and that's probably correct. But a handful of marijuana-themed ski trips already are being marketed, and the state's ski industry is trying to get in front of what could be a dangerous fad. 
 
Mountain managers are concerned not only about safety but their tourism image. The fear is that some of the more conservative, family-run resorts will see a backlash from people who don’t want to be in a cannabis cloud. 
 
Jennifer Rudolph of Colorado Ski Country USA, a trade association that represents 21 resorts in the state, says the ski industry generates about $3 billion in tourism revenue annually and Colorado had more than 11 million skier visits last year, outpacing every other state in the nation.
 
It’s those kinds of numbers that tourism operators hope to cash in on.
 
Colorado Highlife Tours is offering a party package starting at $75 per person which includes “affordable Marijuana friendly ski buses” for groups to Breckenridge, Winter Park, Eldora, Loveland, Echo Mountain, Keystone, Copper Mountain Resort and Vail.
 
The tour operators will pick up passengers, drive customers to ski resorts/towns and provide refreshments on the bus.
 
“We can stop off at one of the many retail marijuana stores for you to buy some of Colorado’s finest marijuana products and smoking accessories,” the site boasts. “We then will take you to your hotel for front door drop off & for you to have a fabulous time on the slopes. Some of the local resort towns have marijuana to buy also!”
 

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Five Cannabis Books Worth Reading

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, December, 2nd 2013 by THCFinder
the-cannabis-grow-bibleNot everything is read over the internet. There are still books out there that definitely deserve to be read, especially those relating to cannabis. If you're growing, cooking, or just want to know some new facts, it won't hurt to pick up a paperback rather than heading right for Google. Here's five books that you should have already read or should read, relating to our favorite plant.
 
1. The Cannabis Grow Bible
New growers and seasoned harvesters alike will be in love with the information in these pages. The Cannabis Grow Bible will help you with any grow questions that you have, including hydroponic growing. Complete with illustrations, this book will get your grow on track!
 
2. If A Peacock Finds A Potleaf
This children's book made quite a splash when released but is one of the most popular cannabis reads ever. Designed to teach children about the benefits and wonders of medical marijuana, this book is an easy tool for toker parents to use when explaining cannabis to their kids.
 
3. The Little Black Book Of Marijuana
I own this book and let me tell you, it's awesome! Tiny and compact so you can take it with you, this little spout of information contains recipes, law information, and cool little bits of 420 humor.
 
4. Weed-O-Pedia
This book contains marijuana culture references from a-z. It's funny and educational, teaching the reader how cannabis has changed and evolved. Complete with photos, this gem definitely belong on your coffee table/bookshelf/where ever it is that you keep your reads!
 
5. The Emperor Wears No Clothes: The Authoritative Historical Record of Cannabis and the Conspiracy Against Marijuana
Written by the amazing Jack Herer, The Emperor Wears No Clothes is a documentation of the history of cannabis. The book documents the war on the plant, from the medical perspective as well as the industrial aspect.

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The Marijuana diet could help you loose weight!

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, November, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
the-mj-diet-marijuana-dietJust when you think you've tried every fad diet to shape up and slim down -- you might be surprised at a new one stirring up controversy these days. Its called the Marijuana diet.  Our Liz Bonis  takes a look at what obesity experts say -- about dropping pounds with pot. When it comes to the power of pot -- a number of states now say it can legally be used to treat a number of health concerns.
 
You might be surprised however to hear that it's hotly debated if weight loss is one of them. Unless you talk to Art Glass, author of the book, The Marijuana Diet. We talked to him by Skype from a state where he admits he can't legally use pot yet for this purpose -- in spite of that he claims that after several years on the diet.  
 
Glass has dropped 65 pounds and says "The marijuana diet has proven to lose weight in people better than anything else." Here's how he says the marijuana diet works: You smoke one to three inhales of marijuana Eat super foods such as blueberries or green leafy vegetables Juice with green smoothies and fast intermittently. Then you do what Art calls sofa exercises - which he showed us by skype.
 
Glass says the weed is what works for weight loss, and he has studies and testimonials to back it up. "Because marijuana has cannibinoids in it is the only plant that has that, and cannibinoids do incredible things for people's minds and their bodies," Glass said. So the real question we had to ask is, is it really then the marijuana or perhaps the reduced calorie intake that might be leading to weight loss, and as you might imagine, experts have a bit of a mixed opinion about using controlled substances to help you lose weight.
 
Doctor George Kerlakian is a bariatric surgeon who reviewed the marijuana diet and some of the studies Glass claims support weed for weight loss. 
 

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Green Is Green

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, November, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
green-is-green-mbotwinMost stoners work hard to make the money that lines their pockets. The economy in America is rough and not all countries are financially stable so the way that people make money varies. Some stick to the traditional jobs. A 9am-5pm, maybe? Or it seems that smokers tend to gravitate towards service industry jobs and wind up being a server or a bartender. Even then, there are some that don't get those jobs and have resorted to selling marijuana in order to make their way in the world.
 
It's not just in America that this issue is apparent.  Nigerian fisherman named Yoto Seibokuro, 27, was arrested with six other people for dealing marijuana. Seibokuro stated in his newspaper interview that he started selling cannabis in order to support himself. when the income from fishing just wasn't cutting it when it came time to put food on the table for the man's large family. Since cannabis is so easily renewed, selling it can be an extremely good way to make money when there's no jobs available.
 
If you can't get a job to support yourself, there's a strong chance that just giving up and living in your car is not an option. Most people would never even consider letting it get that bad. Selling marijuana is a fast and easy way to make money and people will take advantage of that. Money and bud are both green. Smart people know that. When all other options have been exhausted, what exactly is a person going to do? Cannabis, while having a lower street value than most other illegal substances, isn't as dangerous as other drugs. Plus it's medical value allows the seller to not feel guilty about giving the plant to others.
 
It's amusing to think that the government shuns cannabis when there are so many people that are profiting from it. People make their lives around cannabis and use it to feed their children. With so few options and the cost of living going up every day, how are people supposed to survive? Resorting to selling cannabis is an easy way out, providing you're located in a place that doesn't allow easy marijuana access. While the risks associated with selling marijuana are high, people are willing to risk their freedom in order to provide for their families.

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Ways To Be A Healthy Stoner

Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, November, 30th 2013 by THCFinder
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Let's face it, stoners don't have the best reputation of being healthy. Usually, people think we sit around and waste time for the most part. A lot of us don't do that but for those that do, this list will hopefully get you up and moving for the sake of fighting the stereotype. Not only that but your health will thank you if you move around a little bit.
 
1. Do chores. They're not the most fun thing that you could be doing. But at least you're up and moving. Whether it's laundry, dishes, or cleaning the living room. This way, you're not just sitting in one spot all the time.
 
2. Start doing a squat challenge. These will kick your ass, seriously. Doing squats not only gets your blood flowing but it benefits your behind as well. Trust me, you'll thank yourself for doing this exercise.
 
3. If you're running errands, you're not sitting. Get up and go grocery shopping or instead of making coffee at home, go sit and have one at your favorite coffee shop. Invite friends or go alone. Either way, you're out of the house!
 
4. Don't succumb to the greasy fast food giants. I know that they're tempting and taste amazing but with chicken nuggets made out of pink mush and burgers that drip grease to your elbows, it might be a safe bet to stay away from fast food as much as possible.
 
5. Avoid smoking and vape instead. Or eat edibles. Any kind of smoke in your lungs has the potential to cause damage. So those that are extremely health conscious should avoid inhaling smoke in to their lungs.
 
When it comes to be healthy, it really comes down to common sense. Pay attention to your normal habits and try to make them a involve a little more activity. Instead of always sitting around watching cartoons when you're smoking, make the choice to do something different. Being a healthy stoner also shows other people that we've surpassed the stereotype of being lazy and we're just as active and healthy as everyone else.

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