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Marijuana for Nonsmokers: Mastering the Cannabis Culinary Arts

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Sat, February, 26th 2011 by THCFinder

Not everyone who uses cannabis enjoys the process of inhaling thick, tar-filled smoke into their lungs. While there has never been a medical link established between cannabis smoke and lung cancer or emphysema--as there has been with tobacco smoke--it can cause bronchitis and other breathing difficulties in some people. Luckily, there is an array of alternative methods for ingesting cannabis.

This week we’ll be looking at how to cook with cannabis, and in my next column we’ll be discussing vaporizers that make the psychoactive components of cannabis airborne and inhalable, without burning the plant matter and creating smoke.

Cannabis Edibles

The price of cannabis edibles at the local medical marijuana dispensaries may seem a bit high for some people, ranging between $5-$10 for a single cookie or brownie, and this could be a problem for low-income patients who rely on these edibles as an essential medication.

However, cooking with cannabis yourself is easy and much cheaper. I’ll provide two simple recipes here; one for making an all-purpose butter that can be added to any other recipe--for those who enjoy creative gourmet cooking--and another for quickly making an effective, high-orbit cannabis cookie in under 30 minutes.

All-Purpose Cannabis Butter

Ingredients:

*1 cube of butter or margarine.

*1 or 2 cups of finely crushed cannabis leaf, or 1/4 to 1/2 of an ounce of finely crushed cannabis buds.

*Water

Instructions:

*Melt the cube of butter in a skillet.

*Slowly mix the cannabis leaf into the melted butter, at the very lowest possible “simmering” setting on your stove. Be extremely careful not to burn the plant matter!

*Add a small amount of water to keep the mixture from sticking, but no more than a few tablespoons.

*Cover the skillet, but be sure to repeatedly stir the mixture, and continuously check it, to make sure that it doesn’t burn.

*Cook for at least 40 minutes. The longer you cook it, the stronger it becomes, for up to about 12 hours.

*After cooking, then let it cool. This butter is highly psychoactive and can be added to any recipe that you like.

Magic Peanut Butter Treats

Ingredients:

*1 big scoop of peanut butter

*1 ounce of finely crushed cannabis leaf, or 1/4 to 1/2 of an ounce of finely crushed cannabis buds.

*A dozen stoned wheat crackers

*Raisins or chocolate chips (optional)

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 290 degrees. Mix the ground cannabis leaf thoroughly with the peanut butter, until it is thick and green, and spread this paste evenly onto the crackers. Lay out the crackers on a cookie sheet, and place this into the oven for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool. Add raisins or chocolate chips on the top, if you like, and enjoy.

Recipe Notes:

This peanut butter treat recipe is the fastest method that I know of for making strong, relatively palatable cannabis treats. It is highly recommended that one start with only around a quarter of a peanut butter treat at first, and then wait for at least three hours before judging its strength and deciding whether or not to eat more.  Eat no more than a half of a treat to start, unless you want to risk not being able to get out bed for a whole day.

Be careful and eat cannabis conservatively. Never attempt to drive after eating a cannabis edible. Eating cannabis can be much more powerful than smoking it, and it lasts much longer.

For some people, it can even seem like a psychedelic experience that’s comparable with magic mushrooms or LSD. Before ingesting anything with potential psychedelic properties, always be sure that you’re in a safe and comfortable place, with people that you trust and enjoy, where you’ll be able to spend the night if you need to.

In all of human history no one has ever died from a cannabis overdose; however, be warned, as eating too much cannabis can be an extremely unpleasant experience.

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State to collect sales tax on medical marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, February, 25th 2011 by THCFinder

California's tax collectors want their share of the burgeoning medical marijuana business.

The state Board of Equalization announced Thursday that medical marijuana dispensaries are not exempt from paying sales tax.

The decision reaffirms current policy that the selling of medical marijuana involves taxable tangible property, the board said.

 

The decision, reached in a vote Wednesday, involved the Berkeley Patients Group Inc., a Northern California dispensary, which maintained that marijuana should have the same exemption from sales tax as other medicines prescribed by doctors. Audits conducted for the period of July 1, 2004, through June 30, 2007, found that the Berkeley Patients Group owed the state in excess of $6.4 million in taxes and interest.

The decision underscores the need to regulate and tax marijuana distribution and sales, said board Chairman Jerome Horton, who represents Los Angeles County.

"The time is overdue for the state to provide leadership for this industry regarding the manufacturing and sale of marijuana similar to what we did for cigarettes and liquor," Horton said. "Such proposed controls will have the same effect of regulating and controlling sales and capturing appropriate sales tax."

Horton said he was proposing legislation that would put the board in charge of administering a statewide licensing program for marijuana growers, importers, wholesalers and retailers.

California tax authorities estimate that the state currently collects $58 million to $105 million in sales taxes on $700 to $1.3 billion in annual retail sales of medical marijuana, said Anita Gore, a board spokeswoman.

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Bill to Repeal Medical Marijuana Law in New Mexico

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 24th 2011 by THCFinder
A New Mexico lawmaker has introduced legislation to repeal the state’s four-year-old medical marijuana law.
 
House Bill 593, introduced by Santa Fe Republican James Smith, aims to completely repeal New Mexico’s existing medical marijuana law, which was initially approved by the legislature and the Governor in 2007.
 
Presently, over 3,200 patients are using cannabis legally in compliance with state law. In addition, state officials have licensed some 25 facilities to produce or dispense medical cannabis. To date, reports of abuses regarding the use or distribution of medical cannabis as authorized by the law have been minimal
 
Nevertheless, Smith — who admits “I’m not a medical doctor, I don’t pretend to be” – states that the law sends a mixed message to young people and that other alternative medications are available.
 
House Bill 593 has been assigned to the House Consumer & Public Affairs Committee and awaits a scheduled hearing. Newly elected Republican Governor Susana Martinez, who recently stated that this issue would not be a legislative priority for her administration in 2011, has said she would sign Smith’s bill if it reaches her desk.
 
Do not let that happen! There has never been a single state medical marijuana law that has been repealed. Do not let New Mexico be the first.
 

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Study: Cannabis Gives a "HIGH" to the Taste Buds of Cancer Patients

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Thu, February, 24th 2011 by THCFinder

As per the findings of a new study, conducted by the researchers from a University of Alberta, it has been unveiled that an active ingredient present in cannabis can give a new ‘high’ to the taste buds of chronic cancer patients, who otherwise report for a decreased appetite.

 

The study enrolled 21 people, who were all in the advanced stages of any type of cancer, except brain cancer. Of these, 11 were placed on the dosage of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, and the rest were put on placebo.

 

The dosage was assigned to the members of the trial group over the period of 18 days, to be taken twice a day. A survey focusing on taste and smell a preference of participants was also carried out before the onset of the therapy.

 

Surprisingly as many as 73% of THC group doted for ascended food enjoyment while 64% of them reported for significant improvements in appetite.

 

On the other hand, just 30% from placebo group said that their enjoyment of food was increased. Nearly 50% of them reported for descended appetite with 20% showing no changes at all.

 

The researchers said: "Our findings are important as there is no acceptedtreatment for chemosensory alterations experienced by cancer patients. THCtreatment may hold multiple clinical benefits for cancer patients, beyond its indication as a treatment for nausea and its effects on appetite”.

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Supreme Court Ruling That Landlords Can Evict Medical Marijuana Users

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

People are reacting to an Oregon Supreme Court ruling late last year that landlords can choose to evict tenants that are medical marijuana cardholders. In November, the Oregon Supreme Court said that housing providers are not required to rent to medical marijuana cardholders. The Southern Oregon Cannabis Center alleges the ruling makes medical marijuana users second-class citizens. However, some landlords welcome the ruling, saying that renters who grow marijuana indoors do damage to walls and ceilings when they knock holes in walls for ventilation and lighting fixtures.

 

 

 

"I didn't have the opportunity to say, 'you're not doing this properly, you're ruining the walls, there's mold growing in that corner over there'," said Laurel Adams with the Rental Owners Association. Many landlords say their resident won't reveal that they grow, and the landlords only find out during inspections. Some say medical marijuana growers have been a magnet for other crimes, like robbery and assault. However, cardholders say they have the legal right to use pot just as anyone else would use a prescription medicine. Representatives with the Southern Oregon Cannabis Center say that of their 600 members, only one has been evicted for being a cardholder.


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Investing in Medical Marijuana

Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, February, 22nd 2011 by THCFinder

 

Last year sales of medical marijuana in California exceeded $1.3 billion, which was roughly 9% of the estimated $14 billion in revenue from all pot sales in the state. This percentage is quickly getting larger in a market that continues to grow. Assuming the overall market reaches $16 billion in 2014, while the medical marijuana percentage grows to 15%, California medical cannabis will represent a $2.4 billion industry in two years.

 

 

 

A feature article in Mother Jones Magazine, reads, “In many respects, the semi-legit marijuana market resembles the early days of the internet bubble, where start-ups helmed by young entrepreneurs with risky business plans sought venture capital and dreamed of stock offerings. Where dot-coms had server farms, the pot-coms have high-tech ‘grow ops’ indoor farms of wires, fans, and coiled air ducts that keep genetically selected, cloned pot plants growing 24/7.”


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