We are Almost There Lets End The Marijuana War
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, November, 29th 2013 by THCFinder
Yes, with United States Attorney General Eric Holder’s announcement that the federal government generally won’t interfere with states’ cannabis policy, the American people, the economy, and the planet won another battle in the inevitable march to the victory known as the Drug Peace. America’s longest and most expensive war, the Drug War, following voter legalization of cannabis in Colorado and Washington in 2012, is nearly over.
This is not just my opinion. The world over, reaction to Holder’s caveat-laden promise is being interpreted as the first major signal from the federal government that the war on one of humanity’s longest utilized plants, one considerably safer than alcohol, is winding down. From the New York Times (whose editors ran a September 2 editorial in support of Holder’s policy statement) to Britain’s Guardian, which is closely covering U.S. drug policy developments and earlier reported that a majority of Brits want cannabis law reform in the UK, it’s hard to find opposition to the direction the last stages of the war are taking. This is terrific. We’re almost there.
But almost there is not there. If you’re an independent contractor, as I am with my words and images, you’ll know that the only thing that matters is what it says when you sign an agreement on the dotted line. Everything else is song and dance, is how I put it in Too High to Fail, which spells out a sustainable model for bringing cannabis, America’s number one crop, into the taxpaying economy.
What the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) says today is that the federal government considers cannabis to be a schedule one felony, more dangerous than cocaine and meth. Will the Attorney General’s words (and the accompanying lack of backlash) embolden the legislative branch to remove cannabis entirely from the CSA, as must happen, thus allowing states to regulate cannabis like alcohol, in turn bringing billions into the aboveground economy and crippling criminal organizations? Let us hope. Better still: let us call our congressperson and senators.
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Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, November, 26th 2013 by THCFinder
There are people that believe a perc is a perc and that there really isn't a difference. These people couldn't be more wrong. There are three main kinds of percs that come in bongs; tree, inline, and dome. Of course, there are tons of different kinds but these are the ones that tend to be most common. Depending on the kind of perc dictates the smoothness of the hit. The argument that bong water filters out toxins also assists people when they're picking a bong, regardless of the validity of that claim.
Tree percs contain multiple "arms" or "branches" that fill with smoke, while simultaneously filtering smoke through the water at the base of each arm. The tree perc offers a very fine filtration of the water and is an efficient design. The downside is that they're difficult to clean, especially when using the salt and alcohol method. However, the appeal of the tree percs hits draw stoners in. Clean hits are better than clean bongs to most.
Another common type of perc is the inline. This is my personal favorite. An inline is "sideways" and are pretty long, as they are positioned horizontally rather than vertically. Because of this, larger bubbles can be formed. The piece becomes more sensitive to the user's hit, which means the harder you inhale, the bigger hit you're going to get. Be careful. If not used to an inline perc, it's possible to get knocked on your ass.
Dome percs are the cheaper ones that people seem to find. They're really easy to clean, which is a huge upside to those stoners that find cleaning glass a real pain. They don't filter the smoke as well as the other percs and aren't as desired as other designs. But their low price tag and easily cleaned parts are definitely a good selling point.
How To Control Bacteria And Fungus On Your Marijuana Plants
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, November, 25th 2013 by THCFinder
These are naturally occurring hyperparasites of powdery mildew. They form colonies on the infection, reducing growth and may eventually kill powdery mildew on cannabis leaves. Rain perpetuates the life cycle of this beneficial fungus. A formulated powder is available under the brand name AQ-10.
Bacillus Pumilus is a spore-bearing bacterium found in soil. It is resistant to environmental stresses, include UV light. The growth of Bacillus Pumilus on plant roots prevents Fusarium spores from germinating. A commercial product is available by the name of Sonata. Application boosts the cannabis plants’ immune system, inhibiting fungal germination and growth.
Bacillus Subtilis is a naturally occurring anti-fungal bacterium found in soils. It has proven to fight blight, gray mold and several strains of mildew, yet has no adverse affects on the environment or humans. For this reason, it has been approved as a fungicide and bactericide for use in organic farming. Bacillus Subtilis compounds prevents pathogens from colonizing crops. This biological fungicide can be procured online under several brand names. Two strains are available; one for foliage applications (QST 713) and one to be used as a soil amendment at the time of planting (GB03 or MBI600).
Barley Straw Rafts and Pellets
Barley straw rafts are used in hydroponic cannabis systems to inhibit the growth of algae. Barley straw does not kill existing algae but does prevent the growth of new algae cells. While barley straw has not been approved by the EPA for use in public waters, it is available for purchase by homeowners for hydroponics and private ponds.
The use of copper as a fungicide has been practiced for centuries. The most popular use today is in the form of Bordeaux Mixture, which combines copper sulfate with lime. The purpose of adding lime to copper sulfate is to reduce the damaging effect copper sulfate can have on marijuana plants. It is an added benefit that Bordeaux Mixture is also effective in controlling bacteria. As such, it is a good combatant for plant diseases caused by fungi and bacteria such as powdery mildew, downy mildew, leaf spots and fire blight. Bordeaux Mixture is a good option for controlling these diseases on outdoor grown marijuana plants, as it withstands rains, enabling its effect to remain on the foliage. However, it should only be applied before the flowering stage. Use a diluted solution on young plants to prevent burning of the tender leaves. Also avoid applying in temperatures over eighty five degrees to avoid the leaves yellowing and dropping off the plants. Follow label directions before using.
Gliocladium – Beneficial Fungus
Gliocladium is a species of parasitic fungus living in the soil. It produces volatile organic compounds which are toxic to other fungi and bacteria. Gliocladium protects Mary Jane from gray mold by suppressing spore production. It is best applied as a soil drench and is available under several brand names.
This common product found in drug stores and supermarkets, at 3% concentration, is a natural treatment for algae, gray mold, Pythium and powdery mildew. Using hydrogen peroxide on your marijuana plants will not bring them harm. Peroxide helps aerate the soil by adding oxygen and is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Cannabis plants can be fed a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water as a fertilizer and disease deterrent, resulting in healthy plants. It can be misted on the leaves and/or applied directly to the soil. An easy way to apply is to fill a clean fertilizer spray bottle that attaches to a garden hose and feed as you would, say Miracle Gro. The bottle will have gallon markings on it. Fill the bottle with peroxide. When you turn on the hose, it will automatically dilute. If feeding sick plants, add one cup 3% hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water. Pour into a spray bottle and spritz the leaves, making sure to cover completely. For general feeding, add one half cup to a gallon of water.
Hydrogen peroxide can also be added to the water in hydroponic environments. It can be used to sprout seeds by adding it to the water they soak in before planting; they will sprout quicker and grow stronger. Follow the general application recipe for the peroxide to water ratio if using to soak seeds.
Just as milk is essential to a healthy human diet by building the immune system and providing good bacteria to ward off infection, it works in much the same way for plants, including marijuana. Milk is a natural germicide and may boost plants’ immune systems in much the same way it does humans. It is a formidable treatment for powdery mildew. Applying weekly sprays of one part milk to nine parts water significantly reduces the presence of powdery mildew and will prevent it from forming if the plants are not currently affected. When rinsing empty milk bottles prior to putting in the recycle bin, pour the diluted milk around your plants rather than pour it down the drain. Your plants will love it!
Milk also acts as a disinfectant. Dip your gardening tools in milk, rather than bleach, when sterilizing between uses.
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Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, November, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
Marijuana smokers always want to be stoned. There's an extreme difference between the world sober and the world stoned. A lot of people who use marijuana for anxiety claim that they have this feeling. When sober, the world is full of things that stress stoners out. From family and friends to work and school, we live in a harsh world. With all of the laws in place today, marijuana allows us stoners avoid "waking life" as it's called.
It's not recommended that you use marijuana as an escape from reality because that's not exactly what it is. Smoking the plant gives the user the ability to function normally during day to day activity. Whether the person experiences pain or a mental disorder like depression or anxiety, cannabis creates the feeling that there is no pain, sadness, or stressors. While there are some things in the world that people have an extremely hard time dealing with, it is possible to utilize cannabis so that you can go about your day without worry.
Some people really struggle to make it through the day without their medicine. It's hard to even get out of bed for particular patients. When your waking life is full of aches, why would you want to get up in the morning? By smoking a single bowl of cannabis, the day doesn't seem as tedious. There are thousands of people in the United States alone that suffer from illnesses that can be effected positively by THC and CBD, as well as the other substances in cannabis.
It's not an escape from reality. It's a way to forget about the issues that plague every day life. Smoking weed isn't like doing crack. Daily functions are still completely doable, if not more manageable. The illegality of marijuana prevents patients from going about their days because their waking life is full of pain and suffering. Marijuana doesn't let you escape but it enhances the good things and fades away the bad. Seeing as how the human body has a complete system for processing THC, how can we argue against the fact that perhaps waking life is actually when using marijuana?
What Is A Fair Tax For Marijuana Sales?
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, November, 23rd 2013 by THCFinder
Something that has always worried me is that when marijuana legalization is implemented, it will be taxed so high that the transition won’t be as successful as it could be. One of the biggest arguments that we have made for so many years in support of marijuana legalization is that it would demolish the black market. However, that will only work if legal marijuana prices are better than the black market prices for the same thing. Most people aren’t going to drastically change their spending habits to pay a significantly higher price.
I think it’s going to be hard to find a marijuana tax rate that pleases everyone. If it’s too low it won’t generate the revenue that was promised to the government, which opponents will point to early and often. On the other hand, too high of a tax will push customers away from the legal market and into the black market. What do readers think is a fair rate? I personally think that proposals for a 30%+ tax on marijuana is way too high in Colorado and Washington. I would personally feel more comfortable at about 10%, which is still very high compared to other taxed products.
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