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Colorado’s Marijuana Revenue Is So High, The State Has To Give Residents Money Back

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 8th 2015 by THCFinder

Colorado has collected so much marijuana tax revenue since the plant was legalized, that now a state law may return some of the overall tax money collected directly into residents’ pockets.

The Colorado state constitution puts a limit on how much tax money they are legally allowed to collect. Colorado has brought in so much that the state actually has to give some of the revenue back.

That means that the $50 million in recreational pot revenue collected in the first year alone of legalization is going to tip the scales of legality itself, and require some of the money to be given back. This has put law-makers and politicians in a bit of an awkward situation, as neither Republicans nor Democrats want to give any of the money collected back.

“I think it’s appropriate that we keep the money for marijuana that the voters said that we should,” Republican Senate President Bill Cadman said.

“This is a little bit of a different animal. There’s a struggle on this one,” Republican Sen. and budget writer Kevin Grantham said.

“It’s just absurd,” Democratic state Sen. Pat Steadman, said.

“I have no problem paying taxes if they’re going to schools,” a Colorado marijuana consumer, Maddy Beaumier, 25, said as he shopped at a local dispensary.

Read More:http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/09/colorados-revenue-is-so-high-the-state-has-to-give-residents-money-back/#


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The Next Generation of Medicinal Cannabis: High-CBG Strains

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

Cannabigerol, a small non-psychoactive component of cannabis, shows significant promise as atreatment for glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and skin diseases, but its mostly unavailable in the medical marijuana market. Does a cheap and natural source exist for this rare medicinal cannabinoid?

All the major cannabinoids in marijuana come from cannabigerol (CBG); enzymes in the trichometurn CBG into THC, CBD and CBC. Since it’s the precursor for the major compounds, very little of is left over in mature flowers. Harvesting early doesn’t necessarily lead to high amounts of CBG; trichome scientists believe CBG gets turned into THC, CBD or CBC almost soon as it gets made.

Medical marijuana patients have access to high-THC and high-CBD cannabis, but what about high-CBG strains? They are rare, but they exist.

Certain strains of European hemp (which produces high CBD) can carry a genetic mutation that causes the “CBD-gene” to become inactive, and the plant accumulates cannabigerol instead of CBD.Botanists have shown this is a recessive trait, but it’s still possible to harness CBG-producing genetics for patients and dispensaries around the world.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/next-generation-medicinal-cannabis-high-cbg-strains


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How To Smoke Weed and Keep Your Lungs Healthy

Category: News | Posted on Mon, September, 7th 2015 by THCFinder

Let’s face it: if you want to keep your lungs healthy, smoke is bad. Yet, when it comes to marijuana’s effect on your lungs, that simple fact comes with a huge and complicated “BUT…”

The number one risk of inhaling smoke into your lungs is lung cancer. Be it smoke from tobacco or from a campfire, ashen plant particles in your lungs are never good.

Yet, somehow, this fact fails to hold true for weed smokers. Is this a natural anomaly? Well, kind of.Recent studies show that regular cannabis users are as likely to get lung cancer as the average person.

Weird, right? How is that possible? Well, we’ve got the scoop. Here’s all you’ve ever needed to know about the effects of smoking marijuana, and how to keep your lungs healthy while doing it:

Read More:http://www.thestonerscookbook.com/article/2015/09/07/how-to-smoke-weed-and-keep-your-lungs-healthy/


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Teens find a new use for e-cigarettes: Vaping marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

Teenagers have discovered a new way to inhale marijuana — e-cigarette vaporizers, according to a study released Monday.

About 27% of high school students who have used both marijuana and e-cigarettes reported using the devices to vaporize cannabis. Those most likely to vaporize pot with e-cigarettes included males and younger students.

E-cigarettes are designed to vaporize solutions containing nicotine, said co-author Meghan Rabbitt Morean. But, she noted, “teenagers are resourceful, and it was only a matter of time.”

Vaporizers give kids a better way to hide what they're inhaling.

“It’s so much easier to conceal e-cigarette pot use," said Morean,  an assistant professor at Oberlin College. "Everybody knows that characteristic smell of marijuana, but this vapor is different. It’s possible that teenagers are using pot in a much less detectable way.”

Read More:http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/09/04/e-cigarettes-vape-marijuana-students-connecticut/71703472/


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Arrest of 94-year-old Veteran for Felony Marijuana Charges Highlights Absurdity of Drug War

Category: News | Posted on Sun, September, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

The War on Drugs may have reached its pinnacle of absurdity when 94-year-old World War II veteran Douglas Ponischil was arrested for felony marijuana charges earlier this year.  The pot had been mailed to his home on someone else’s behalf, and law enforcement swept him up with no further investigation.

The case against Mr. Ponischil, who miraculously survived a Nazi U-Boat attack, was dismissed on June 30 after months of negotiating with prosecutors by attorney Christopher Connelly.

Only in a thoroughly immoral and baseless system of prohibition can something like this happen.  What began in the late 1970s as a crusade against “the devil’s candy” is now well-known as a miserable failure.  That is, unless you are interested in giving the State tremendous power and billions of dollars in civil asset forfeiture.  The shell of purported righteousness has fallen away from the War on Drugs to reveal its sickly core.

An analysis released five days ago by the Pew Charitable Trusts confirmed the ineffectiveness and waste of the drug war.  The report, titled “Federal Drug Sentencing Laws Bring High Cost, Low Return,” describes how mass incarceration, mandatory minimums, and billions of dollars per year have done nothing to curb drug use or supply, while caging tens of thousands for minor roles in trafficking.

Read More:http://thefreethoughtproject.com/arrest-94-year-old-veteran-felony-marijuana-charges-highlights-absurdity-drug-war/


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Reefer Rambos: Indiana Enlists Military Forces to Uproot Cannabis Plants

Category: News | Posted on Sat, September, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

While parts of the United States are now generating millions of tax dollars from the sale of marijuana to put toward the betterment of their communities, Indiana continues to waste valuable resources to aggressively eradicate pot plants from Hoosier soil—all at the expense of the state’s taxpayers.

The latest Southern Indiana shakedown was touted “Operation Smoke Out,” a shoot-the-moon collaboration between Indiana State Police (ISP) and military forces, including the Indiana National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, the DEA, the U.S. Forest Service, Civil Air Patrol and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Together, these soldiers of the drug war embarked on a mission at the end of August to uproot “dangerous” cannabis plants illegally growing in cornfields, in forests and on public lands all across the southern portion of the state. At the end of this battle against the bud, Indiana law enforcement proudly announced that the exercise resulted in a haul of approximately 5,000 pot plants from 146 grow sites, four pounds of processed marijuana and the arrest of 16 people associated with these operations.

Indiana State Police estimates the overall seizure is worth a whopping $7.5 million.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/reefer-rambos-indiana-enlists-military-forces-uproot-cannabis-plants


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