NASA Smarts Help Coloradans Grow Better Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 12th 2013 by THCFinder
A pretty surprising thing happened during the 2012 general election. No, it wasn’t the re-election of Barack Obama. In case you didn’t notice in all the political hoopla, the citizens of two states, Colorado and Washington, voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. We’re not talking about legal gray areas like using weed for medical purposes. We’re talking regulation of marijuana like alcohol–anyone 21 and over is welcome to use, possess, and perhaps most importantly, grow.
Of course, with federal laws concerning marijuana unchanged, some would-be growers find themselves in an awkward spot. That’s where former NASA scientist Dale Chamberlain hopes to help. With most hydroponic suppliers unwilling to take a risk by educating their customers about how to grow marijuana, the Loveland, Colo., resident decided to put his years of research with NASA and other high-tech plant growth chambers to work helping growers produce a superior product.
The former NASA employee recently established the High Altitude School of Hydroponics, or HASH. “The dazzling array of Hydroponic types and requirements can be overwhelming,” states the school’s website. “Mistakes are costly. Pests and diseases are all around waiting to eat what’s yours.  Problems can cause fires, water damage, destroy crops or after a long wait – an inferior harvest not worth the time.” Since Coloradans can’t turn to their local agricultural extension office for this advice (they’re still too worried about the Feds) it’s time for private citizens to pick up the slack, says Chamberlain.


Colo. task force meeting on marijuana regulations

Category: News | Posted on Mon, February, 11th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER—A marijuana regulatory group appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper is still working out the details of pot regulation.
The group members meeting Monday won't make rules, but they'll recommend to the governor and the Legislature how Colorado should become one of the nation's first to regulate marijuana like alcohol.
The task force has less than a month to forward proposals to lawmakers.


Discovery channels new series is "Pot Cops"

Category: News | Posted on Fri, February, 8th 2013 by THCFinder
When one thinks of California, images of gunfire, booby traps and deadly cartels don’t usually come to mind. However, the Discovery Channel is aiming to expose the state’s dark side in the new series “Pot Cops,” which follows a drug enforcement unit in Humboldt County, Calif. who work to bring down both cartels and the “average Joe” growers operating in the area.
And that’s no easy task.
“The drug trafficking organizations that generally come from Mexico will sometimes put booby traps coming [for] people that are trying to steal or for law enforcement trying to eradicate their crops. A drug cartel is a serious criminal organization, there’s a lot of money to be made and when there’s a lot of money to be made, there is a higher potential for violence,” SWAT team member, Deputy Greg Musson – who stars in the show – told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “Obviously there is a level of the unknown… One of the guys on the team and on the show has been involved in a shooting during a marijuana crackdown.”
“Pot Cops” will give audiences an unprecedented look at what it takes to conquer growers who are running a large weed farm in the Redwoods and shooting at local children on a reservation, as well as a bizarre, slow-speed chase of a stoned grower and investigations into parents who may be putting their own children at risk while hiding a huge grow somewhere in the surrounding hills.


Marijuana task force backs DUI bill in legislature

Category: News | Posted on Wed, February, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
DENVER – The marijuana legalization task force endorsed a bill Tuesday establishing a legal limit for driving stoned and recommended juveniles caught possessing pot be given a warning before criminal charges are filed.
But agreement couldn’t be reached on other issues, such as the fundamental structure of the marijuana industry when it comes to who is able to grow, distribute and sell the drug.
Tuesday was the fourth meeting of the 24 member task force established by Gov. John Hickenlooper in December. The group is working on recommendations that will likely guide an omnibus bill — a conglomeration of regulations — to be considered by lawmakers this session.
The issue of driving under the influence of marijuana was considered separately from other recommendations, and the members voted to endorse a proposed bill that is about to start working its way through the General Assembly.
House Bill 114, by House Republican Leader Mark Waller and Democrat Rep. Rhonda Fields, would set the legal limit for driving at 5 nanograms of delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, in their blood.
The proposal mirrors the drunken driving limit of .08 blood alcohol content, except in one important way. Violators would be able to argue in court that they — because of their size or tolerance or other factors — are not in fact intoxicated or impaired at the 5 nanograms of THC level.
Greenwood Village Police Chief John Jackson was among those opposed to the legislation in Tuesday’s task force meeting.
Jackson said he favored a zero tolerance policy, one that would mirror the current drunk driving laws.
Fatal Crash Numbers
Between 2006 and 2011, 240 people were killed in Colorado in crashes where the driver tested positive for THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. The number of fatalities with drivers under the influence of marijuana has increased over the years, while state-wide fatal crashes have decreased.  
Year      Fatal Crashes THC      Total fatal crashes state      percent THC
2006      21                           721                                  2.9%
2007      23                           789                                  2.9%
2008      31                           712                                  4.4%
2009      37                           653                                  5.7%
2010      42                           600                                  7%
2011      52                           587                                  8.9%
Source: Colorado Department of Transportation


SD panel kills medical defense in marijuana cases

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A proposal to let people charged with possessing small amounts of marijuana argue in court that they need it for medical reasons was narrowly rejected Tuesday by a South Dakota House committee torn between compassion for chronically ill people in pain and fear that it could lead to increased drug use.
The Health and Human Services Committee voted 7-6 to kill the bill, which was sponsored by two lawmakers with roots in law enforcement.
Rep. Melissa Magstadt, R-Watertown, a nurse, said the South Dakota Medical Association and the Nurses Association oppose the measure, which would allow an unregulated and untested drug to be used for medical purposes. Marijuana often leads people to use other drugs, she said.
"If you talk to drug users, nine times out of 10 they started with marijuana first," Magstadt said.
Rep. Karen Soli, D-Sioux Falls, said she supported the bill because it could help seriously ill people who need marijuana for pain and other problems.
"This is about being compassionate to our folks," Soli said.
"When I first heard of this, I thought no way. I'm not in favor of legalizing marijuana," she added. "It's quite a surprise to me I'm going to vote for this."


Teenager narrowly escapes death after smoking synthetic marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Tue, February, 5th 2013 by THCFinder
A Cypress, Texas teenager had a brush with death just before Christmas; the cause of her near demise – synthetic marijuana.
According to a Feb. 5, CNN report, “Hospital staff removed Emily Bauer's breathing tube and stopped all medication and nourishment at 1:15 p.m. December 16. Only morphine flowed into her body, as the family waited by her side in her final moments.”
Expected to die just days before her 17th birthday, the teenager managed to hang onto her life.
Two weeks earlier Bauer had been in ICU from smoking “fake weed” – a mixture of herbs that’s sprayed with chemicals and is designed to create a high similar to smoking pot.
Synthetic weed is advertised as a legal alternative to marijuana which is illegal in most states.
Using brightly colored packaging with catchy names, marketing is aimed at teens. The trendy drug substitute is sold in convenience stores under the guise of potpourri.
Bauer had purchased synthetic marijuana at a gas station.
According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 11,406 visits to ER’s were attributed to synthetic marijuana; the majority of patients were 12 to 17 year-old children.
Bauer suffered a series of strokes. Her vascular system had constricted causing a rise in blood pressure, a most common effect of synthetic weed.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Barbara Carreno says synthetic cannabinoids “can be 100 times more potent than marijuana,”



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