Baby Bree's Story
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, December, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
The effectiveness of parenting does not depend on the usage of cannabis. Those of you that have heard of little baby Bree Green know this very well. For those that have been living in the shadows, baby Bree is an 8-month-old that was forcibly removed from her parents care, after authorities deemed the parents not fit to care for their child due to their marijuana use. Michigan law allows caregivers to grow small amounts of plants in their homes and the law also states that unless the person's behavior creates an unreasonable source of danger to the child. The danger has to be seriously apparent and must be proven. In Bree's case, both of her parents are caregivers. Her father suffers from epilepsy and her mother uses cannabis to combat multiple sclerosis symptoms.
This is not the first time that parents have suffered because of their belief in cannabis. Parents of children who are using RSO for cancer treatments have had child services called on them because they do no subject their child to chemo. The people calling claim that the parents are abusing their children. Not only is this a ridiculous claim, but an ass backwards one. Putting a child through chemotherapy can be traumatizing. Ask a cancer survivor who suffered while young. They'll tell you how horrifying it is to lay in a hospital bed, waiting for their heart monitor to flatline. No child should have to do that and those that don't see the attempted effort to help the children are blind.
Baby Bree has thankfully be returned to her parents, after a long and exhausting legal battle with the state. This is a great accomplishment for the cannabis community, even though the child should have never been removed from her home in the first place. There are so many factors in this situation that make Bree's parents amazing people. Parents shouldn't be punished for simply trying to help their kids avoid suffering. Modern medicine is extremely unstable in children most of the time and there can be long lasting effects. And the parents of children should be allowed to be caregivers without the threat of their children being taken. Being punished for trying to help themselves and others? Not okay.
Pros And Cons Of Hemp Production
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, December, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
Growing hemp is a bursting industry. There are millions of dollars to be made as the amazing (non psychoactive) form of cannabis beings to take root in the US. The plant can be used for just about anything, from clothing to fuel. A lot of people think that growing hemp could eliminate a lot of the problems that the United States are dealing with. Saving fossil fuels and trees is very important with the human population constantly growing and hemp is the one plant that can help with that.
As said above, the benefits of hemp are endless. It takes up less space and yields a great deal more than cotton. It doesn't get you stoned either, so it's technically not even a drug. By inhaling this stuff, all you're likely to get is a massive headache and a strong drive to get real bud. Hemp is in the process of making a lot of people rich as well, showing how much of a financial gain it would be if the hemp industry were to really take hold.
While the majority of the facts about hemp are pros, there are some cons as well. Since hemp plants don't depend on gender like the cannabis plant, there is no need to pull the males from the crop. If the males in a hemp crop are producing a large amount of pollen and there's a medical cannabis outdoor grow somewhere close by, a windy day can result in the destruction of an entire cannabis field. Which means that there will have to be measures put in place to make sure that doesn't happen.
The most money to be made from cannabis relies on the medical aspect. As an incredible medicine, cannabis is sure to bring hope in to a lot of peoples' lives that have tried all that they can for a cure. But if both hemp and cannabis were allowed to be produced without bullying from the federal government, there is a large amount of money to be made and an even bigger amount of people to be helped. It is incredibly important to know the benefits of industrial hemp as well as medical marijuana, as both can benefit the economy and society overall.
The Best Music While Stoned
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, December, 10th 2013 by THCFinder
Different people like different music. Stoners especially tend to love tunes and constantly have some sort of music player close by. Since there are so many different genres of music, every stoner probably has something different playing. The following genres are the most popular among stoners it would seem, all for different reasons. Of course, this list will be different in a few years, once there is some new type of music released that stoners love. Keep in mind that there are a lot of different definitions of what music falls in to what genre, so if you disagree on what bands are classified under what genre, please understand that everyone has a different view!
- Classic Rock; This would be the music that people immediately just label as stoner music. Led Zepplin, Grateful Dead, The Doors, etc. These bands seem to always be playing in a hippie's car or room. While not all stoners still listen to this kind of music, no one can deny that it is the original genre of the potheads.
- Dubstep; Somewhat of a new introduction to the music world (and still not accepted by everyone), the dubstep music has a lot of bass, interesting beats, and occasionally some crazy lyrics. This music is excellent to drive to, as the hard bass drops will keep you focused on driving, instead of wandering off in to space. Dubstep can also be good to chill and smoke to, since it's such an interesting combination of sounds.
- Hip Hop/Rap; Since the two are pretty close and both are popular with stoners, I felt it acceptable to group these two together. Another sort of classic stoner genre, rap and hip hop love to feature marijuana in the lyrics they write, as well as show off their stoner tendencies.
- Reggae; Another classic stoner genre, reggae is popular among stoners of all ages. This particular type of music probably had the most effect on the stoner movement, promoting the enlightening and life improving effects that marijuana seems to have on people.
- Indie Rock/Alternative; Bands like City And Color and Bright Eyes may be sad but can create an extremely relaxing environment. Of course, there are many of other bands in this genre that aren't nearly as sad as these two, so check it out and you may find that you like it.
More Smokers Leading To Less Failed Drug Tests?
Employee drug testing is a huge issue in the cannabis community right now. Since the laws are changing, it's hard to imagine employers still trying to test for THC, especially in a legal or medical state. If the law and your doctor say you can smoke, but you can't get a job because the hiring party tests for THC? Smokers don't even get a chance to prove their worth. They're eliminated as soon as they fail the test. But oddly enough, as more people start to smoke pot and be open about their choice to do so, the rate of failed drug tests is falling.
The American medical testing company, Quest Diagnostics, analyzed the results of drug testing only to discover that those testing positive for marijuana has fallen under 2%. This study was based on millions of drug tests, submitted to the company by employers. Results show a steady decline in positive marijuana test results over the past ten years. Granted, the rate was at 3% in 2002, it's strange that there would be a decrease... Or stoners have just outsmarted the test. Considering that there are so many people smoking these days, I'd say that we've outsmarted employers for sure.
Declining positive test results is happening for a few reasons. One would be the fact that most people are aware of what companies and jobs call for the pre employment drug test. If the smoker is aware that the test is coming, they can refrain from smoking. This method isn't always the most assuring, since THC can sit in fat cells for months. While some continuous smokers can manage to pass a drug test within two weeks of stopping their smoking, not everyone is as lucky and some people fail months down the road.
There's also the ways that stoners have thought of to pass a drug test. This include using synthetic urine, detox drinks, and a non-smokers urine. These methods are the most reliable, with the exception of the detox drinks. Faking it is probably the best method that stoners have come up with in order to pass the tests. With so many easy ways advertised to help you pass, more smokers are resorting to this way of passing than any other.
The Woes Of Buying From Street Dealers
Not everyone has a dispensary in their city... Or anywhere near them for that matter. So these stoners have to resort to other ways of getting their bud and most of the times, that's a street dealer. While there may be some people who enjoy getting their weed from a street dealer, the cons definitely outweigh the pros. There are hundreds of jokes about the unreliability of the street dealer, from the time they get you the weed to the strain name. And of course, everything in between.
The male marijuana street dealer always seems to have a problem with time. He says he's ten minutes from your place, when in reality, he's sitting in the drive through at McDonald's. These dudes can also be extremely awkward to be around, depending on their level of arrogance. For some reason, the male street dealer always seems to think that they're a bigger deal than Pablo Escobar. This effects the way that they treat their customers, sometimes being far more rude than necessary. It's also odd when he pulls up to your chosen meeting place with other people in the car that you don't know. Not only are you being forced to buy bud illegally, you're doing in front of who knows who. The last worst part of the male dealer is if you happen to be female. Occasionally, if a girl is forced to buy from an unfamiliar guy, there may be other consequences. I bought weed from this 19 year old kid once because I was incredibly desperate and he called me for weeks afterwards, to the point where I thought I would have to change my number. Dealer turned stalker!
The female street dealer can be a huge pain. If you've ever gotten a bag of weed from a chick and tried to smoke it, only to find out that it tastes like Abercrombie perfume is a huge letdown. Unfortunately, this happens far too often. If not caught in time, the perfume can permeate the entire bag of weed, rendering the bud awful tasting and basically useless. Another issue with the female street dealer is the fact that they tend to chat a lot, meaning that buying weed becomes an hour long endeavor, possibly even longer! Although, there are plenty of people who enjoy buying weed from a cute girl, so I suppose that most could probably tolerate the perfume and the talking. Female dealers also tend to be a lot more harsh than males, especially when it comes to exact weight and fronting. A girl has to protect her business by being smart, especially when the cannabis game is so primarily populated by males.
Buying weed should be an easy process, much like buying cigarettes. If stoners could just walk in to a gas station and buy a pack of joints, life would be far more simple. Instead, those that are still in illegal states have no choice but to deal with the street dealers. Even though there are plenty of issues when buying weed this way, stoners want to smoke as much as fish want to swim. Whether you're buying from a dispensary or from someone on the street, happy smoking!
The Federal Government Really Hates Cannabis
For the land of the free, America has a decent amount of rules set in place when it comes to cannabis. These days, you can't even admit to smoking weed at the Canadian border without being barred from the states, regardless of the fact that there may not be any cannabis present in the car or the person's system at the time. Not only that but the war between state and federal law is ever so much closer to boiling over with the recent raids on medical dispensaries in Colorado.
Grow Laws; In the US according to federal law, less than fifty plants will get you put in jail for up to 5 years, as well as slap you with a fine of $250,000. This includes growing only a single cannabis plant. 50-99 plants will earn you 20 years and a $1 million fine and it just gets worse from there. Considering that there are two states that have legalized cannabis, the federal government should eliminate their extreme penalties for simply farming.
Possession Laws; Carrying any amount of marijuana will automatically get you $1,000 fine and incarceration of up to a year. That's for the first offense. The second offense will get you a minimum of 15 days but no maximum. If you do get caught this second time, you also should expect to get fined $2,500. The third time (and any time after that), you can get 90 days to 3 years... Possibly more. The fine for this is $5,000.
Selling Laws; Basically, no matter what amount you sell, you're going away for at least five years. This law is extremely strict. The NORML website stated that for less than 50 kg of marijuana, it is a felony, five years in prison, and a fine of $250,000. 50 kg translates in to a bit more than 1700 ounces. That's a lot of marijuana. So even the sale of a single gram can get you five years according the federal law.
There are places where the rules are even more strict but the difference is that those places aren't actively searching for cannabis users and are usually paying attention to more pressing matters. It's also an extremely unfair case in the US due to the legalization of the plant in two states and more than a couple towns across the country. While there are some that say "state law is always trumped by federal law", one must counter reply with "democracy trumps federal law". The people have voted to be allowed to use cannabis, whether or not it's for medical reasons. The laws on cannabis are far too strict and need to be reevaluated to reflect the votes of the people.
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