Anaheim pulls plug in effort to eliminate medical marijuana shops that open illegally in city
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
ANAHEIM, CALIF. – Anaheim is literally pulling the plug on pot shops that keep popping up despite a law forbidding the businesses.
Officials have used its operation of utilities to cut off water and power to dispensaries in the city that's home to Disneyland, the Orange County Register reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1v7AWZb).
Nine shops closed last month and eight others will likely shut down by the end of the week, Anaheim spokeswoman Ruth Ruiz said. Another 11 will soon be ordered to close or lose their water and power.
"It's worked so far, but if we find that they are still operating, then we will find a way to shut down these businesses," Ruiz said.
State voters legalized medical marijuana 20 years ago, but the California Supreme Court ruled last year that cities can choose to forbid dispensaries. Anaheim banned the shops but that hasn't kept them from doing business.
Councilwoman Kris Murray applauded the denial of water and power as a good first step but also wants the city attorney to penalize landlords who look the other way when renting property to pot shop owners.
Dispensaries can face criminal charges and fines up to $1,000 a day for operating in the city.
One resident said she was surprised by the strong whiff of marijuana when she entered what she thought was a traditional walk-in medical clinic that had opened in her neighborhood.
"I'm neutral on the idea of medical marijuana, but I don't like seeing changes like this in my neighborhood," Joelle Kuykendall said. "I'm really disappointed. I hope the city finds a way to fix this."
Another Poll Shows Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Very Close
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Wed, October, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
Once upon a time Florida’s medical marijuana initiative looked like it would win by a large margin. I saw a poll that put support for the initiative as high as 88%. A lot has changed since then. Conservative funder Sheldon Adelson has pumped millions of dollars into the opposition’s campaign, and the opposition’s campaign has resorted to some very shady tactics. The no on Amendment 2 campaign even went as far as putting out advertising suggesting that medical marijuana cookies would become the new date rape drug of choice. This enormous level of shady propaganda seems to have changed some minds, as the the most recent poll shows the medical marijuana initiative losing by a small margin. Per Fire Dog Lake:
Indications are that the fight for medical marijuana in Florida will be extremely tight. A new Gravis Marketing poll finds Amendment 2, the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, falls just short of what is needed for approval.
The survey of likely voters found 55 percent planning to voter for the medical marijuana amendment and 39 percent planning to vote against. An additional 7 percent are still unsure how they will vote.
Normally 55% would be more than enough for an initiative to win. However, in Florida constitutional amendments require at least 60% of the vote to pass. Come on Florida, help rock the vote next month. Tell everyone you know to vote for the initiative. Point to the other almost two dozen states that have legalized medical marijuana and point to the fact that it is helping sick people in those states. The sky is still in tact in those states, just as it will stay in tact if/when Florida legalizes medical marijuana. Suffering patients in Florida desperately need Amendment 2 to pass!
How To Make Your Own Vape Pen Juice
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, October, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
Greetings, fellow crew members of Spaceship Earth. It’s Aarr Kellz here, coming at you from Spaceship Earth Farms with another installment. It seems like the tipping point has finally arrived, and vaporizer pens have gone viral. Back in 2009, I would attract many onlookers upon busting out my trusty ol’ Ce4 Clearomizer. People wanted to know if it worked, and most of all, how it worked. “You put this juice in the chamber and click this button 5 times…”
Being a soapmaker by trade it is my natural mentality and modus operandi to immediately break down ingredients in any product I enjoy, and attempt to make it for myself. Such was the case with Vape Juice. Below, you will find a recipe and process for making your own amazing, and safe, glycerine based tincture, that works wonderful as a Vape Juice in any of the juice based pens on the market. We are not talking wax or honey oil pens here, even though those are great as well. We are talking “juice” based vaporizer pens or e-cigs.
What is a Vape Pen or E-Cig?:
An electronic cigarette is made up of several pieces. Some models have more, some have less, and there seems to be lots of new ones coming out every week. But the basic components of a Vape Pen or E-Cig are:
the cartridge, the atomizer, and the battery. The cartridge is where you insert your tincture drop by drop. One end attaches to the atomizer, the other end to your lips. The atomizer is the heated element that turns your liquid hash tincture into vapor. The battery is the longer portion of the electronic cigarette. Some of these are manual, while some are automatic. Manual pens require some sort of ignition, like a button push, while utomatic pens merely require the draw of your breath.
Vaporizer pens are a fairly new technology, and there is a lot of research and study that still needs to be done to determine the long term effects of using them. There are several types of pens available, but they’re all basically the same. However, there are some that are better made than others. A lot of vaporizer pen’s components are manufactured overseas in countries like China. Don’t go thinking you need to avoid foreign parts, because it can’t be helped. What you need to be aware of, is certain vendors, who may be selling you a $5 pen for $80. It’s best to check the manufacturer to be sure of what you are buying. Do your research. My suggestion would be to find a reputable brand, and use one of their licensed vendors. Buying from an unlicensed vendor can get you cheap knock-off vaporizer pens and e-cigs. Some of them may certainly be healthy and functional, but there are many copies that look almost exactly like their legitimate counterparts, only are manufactured with inferior (i.e. dangerous) metals and components. Components which can burn and emit smoke, rather than exclusively producing vapor from your Vape Juice.
What is Vape Juice?
The Vape Juice that we will be making is, in fact, a vegetable glycerin based oral tincture and it will take a few weeks to make it correctly. Great tinctures take good, quality ingredients and time. An oral tincture is a liquid that is usually alcohol or glycerin based and has been infused with herbs. They were originally intended to be taken sublingually, absorbed into the blood stream via an artery located under the tongue, using a dropper. Ingesting cannabis via oral tincture this way avoids the liver and first pass metabolism issue that some folks have when medicating with cannabis based edibles. Oral tinctures have been around for thousands of years. They are very safe and effective if made correctly.
Why make your own Vape Juice?
Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are both used together and independently in many traditional e-cig liquids. I would not recommend ever using non food grade propylene glycol or glycerin. Why? Both propylene glycol and glycerine absorb chemicals from any container that they are stored in. So, in order for it to be labeled food grade, it has to have only been stored in only non-toxic food safe containers since its creation. Non food grade propylene glycol and glycerin are intended for external use only, and should not be vaporized or taken internally. For this Vape Juice recipe, I use only 100% USP-FOOD GRADE VEGTABLE GLYCERINE. In my experimenting I find that it produces a superior amount of vapor compared to propylene glycol. Although, blends of propylene glycol and glycerine are appropriate for nicotine based e-cig liquids and juices.
How to make Vape Juice:
The following process can be used for any herb, including lavender, garlic, mint, milk thistle, tobacco, and many, many more. You can even make different tinctures and blend them together to make your own custom flavored juices based on your needs or ailments. Taking tinctures orally and vaporizing them is an excellent way of effectively getting these herbs into your body. Different herbs, of course, will require different recipes, though the process is for the most part the same. For this recipe we will use the herb cannabis.
First off, if you haven’t yet, take a look at my article “How To Make Dry Ice Hash” and get yourself 3.5 grams of the pure blonde powder. Using a flower tincture is great, but I would really recommend a hash tincture for vape pens, as it’s generally much more concentrated and contains fewer plant waxes and chlorophyll. If you do decide to use flower instead of hash though, then I’d use seven grams of the highest quality bud you can find. Grind it up by hand, about to the consistency of how you would break it up to go into a joint. Avoid a grinder though, if you can, as I find more chlorophyll can be absorbed if the buds are ground up too fine.
Next, you will want to get 2-4 ounces of the highest proof alcohol that you can. We’re talking 180 proof or higher. This is easier in some places than others I realize, so just get the safest, highest proof that you can. Make sure it’s drinkable alcohol though, not isopropyl or rubbing alcohol. If you are unable procure a bottle of high proof grain alcohol then make sure that you at the very least get something that is 100 proof or 50% alcohol. Preferably vodka, as anything else will affect the flavor. Thirdly, you will need 2-4 ounces of 100% USP-FOOD GRADE VEGTABLE GLYCERINE and 1 sterile canning jar with a lid.
Place the hash or herbs into the canning jar and add alcohol until all of your herbs are covered at least by a ¼ inch and put the lid on and shake well. Sometimes the plant the material absorbs the alcohol and expands like a sponge. It may be necessary to add more alcohol at this point. Now comes an exercise in patience. Put the jar in a dark place away from light and let it sit and soak for 10-14 days, checking on it and shaking up the contents very well at least once a day. After 10-14 days (I usually wait 13 days), strain the hash or plant material away from the alcohol using a cheesecloth. Place the filtered alcohol tincture in a new sterile jar and mix in 3 parts food grade glycerine. Put the lid on and shake well for at least 2 minutes.
Marijuana Lowers Mortality Rate Among Patients With Traumatic Brain Injuries
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Tue, October, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
I know people that have had traumatic brain injuries from sports, car crashes, and other accidents. My cousin recently had to have brain surgery as a result of a traumatic brain injury that he experienced while playing football. It was a very scary time, but I’m happy to say, he has made a full recovery. A new study was released which found that marijuana use lowers the mortality rate among patients with traumatic brain injuries. Per Science World Report:
The study, led by researchers at Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, surveyed emergency patients for levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient present in marijuana. They found that those tested positive for THC had a lower mortality compared to people who tested negative for the illicit substance.
According to the researchers THC plays a key role in protecting the brain in case of a traumatic brain injury.
The researchers looked at 446 patients with a traumatic brain injury. Urine samples were collected to test the presence of THC in their body. It was observed that 82 of the total patients had THC in their system and out of these 2.4 percent patients had died compared to 11.5 percent deaths of patients who had tested negative for the illicit substance.
“Previous studies conducted by other researchers had found certain compounds in marijuana helped protect the brain in animals after a trauma,” said David Plurad, MD, an LA BioMed researcher and the study’s lead author. “This study was one of the first in a clinical setting to specifically associate THC use as an independent predictor of survival after traumatic brain injury.”
Do you know a patient with a traumatic brain injury? Have you recommended marijuana to them? It’s a sensitive subject, but it might save their life. If you suffer from a traumatic brain injury, I recommend you give marijuana a try, and if you already have, please post something about it in the comments section so that others can hear your story.
Man Uses Cannabis Oil For Cancer
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Mon, September, 29th 2014 by THCFinder
Success stories are the best way to keep people positive about marijuana. Especially those stories that involve the scarier of the afflictions, such as epilepsy, Alzheimer's, and cancer. By reading the success that some patients have had once they begin to utilize the power of cannabis, we can point other patients in the right direction, towards a cure that really does work. These stories will also hopefully help people to see that cannabis is 100% beneficial to human life and we should be cherishing the plant, rather than sticking it in the shadows.
Trevor Smith is a 54 year old British man with three children. Back in 2012, Smith was told that he had bladder cancer. To make matters worse, the doctors informed this poor man that he would be dead in less than 24 months if surgery was not immediately performed to remove the cancerous nodes that had covered his bladder, prostate, and lymph nodes. With such an invasive surgery and the prospect of losing some of his organs, Smith decided to take matters in to his own hands and began researching alternative medicines on his computer. He stumbled across the cannabis oil cure and was immediately interested. Smith then made the choice to try oil rather then undergo the potentially life threatening surgery.
Ten weeks after Smith was supposed to have the surgery, the doctors say that Smith has gone in to remission, even though they previously warned him of imminent death if he did not go through surgery. Regardless, Smith has now been cancer free for over a year now and he claims that his life is owed to the healing properties of cannabis oil. Now that this 54 year old knows the positive benefits of this treatment, he is insisting that more people be aware of the medical cannabis benefits that most people turn a blind eye to.
Smith and his wife actually wrote a book to chronicle the events that they went through while using the oil. Over ten weeks, Smith ingested 60 grams of cannabis oil a day. The oil regimen was paired with a healthy diet and vitamin supplements that had also been recommended as an alternative to surgery. However, Smith had attempted this method without the oil prior to his discovery of the substance and the cancer was still managing to spread. He and his wife, 55 year old Carol, were not fond users of cannabis before this incident but they have had their minds drastically changed by the increase of life that Smith now possesses.
Studies produced by the National Cancer Institute state that there were anti-tumor effects contained in cannabinoids. When cannabinoids were given to rats and mice, the size of their cancerous tumors shrunk drastically. This happens because the cannabinoids inhibit the growth of new cancer cells, invasive tumors, and the development of new cells that are needed for cancerous tumor growth. The end findings of these studies done by the National Cancer Institute lead to one statement; cannabinoids appear to destroy only tumor cells, while not effecting the healthy cells present in the body, plus offer a form of protection against future attacks of cancerous tumors. The evidence is clear. Cannabis can help the sick and it's time to stop oppressing it.
New Colorado rules set for marijuana edibles packaging, serving sizes
Category: Medical Marijuana | Posted on Fri, September, 26th 2014 by THCFinder
DENVER — Amid cries for tighter regulations on marijuana edibles after a rash of recent incidents, the Colorado Department of Revenue has posted new specific rules for the state’s legal marijuana industry that will go into effect in February 2015.
In these new rules, the state has officially set the serving size of active THC in each edible marijuana item at 10 milligrams, and has also set the maximum serving size of an individual edible marijuana product at 100 milligrams of THC.
In addition, “the amount in milligrams of Standardized Serving Of Marijuana, the total number of Standardized Servings Of Marijuana and the total amount of active THC contained within the product” must be clearly spelled out on each edible marijuana product “in a way that enables a reasonable person to intuitively determine how much of the product constitutes a single serving of active THC,” the new rules state.
If a marijuana edible product is too small to contain all this information, then “the product must contain no more than 10 mg of active THC per unit of sale,” the department wrote.
The new rules will also require each individual marijuana edible product to be capable of being separated into a delineation that matches its amount of serving sizes. So, for instance, if a chocolate bar contains ten serving sizes in a single product, the new rules state it must have pre-made indents that allow it to be easily and clearly broken into 10 pieces.
Failure to comply with these new rules could result in a marijuana retail store losing its state license.
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