City in Michigan bans medical cannabis, ignoring the will of the 27 out of 28 districts that voted in favor of it in 2008.
(This article was submitted by Joe Spaulding.)
When Jack Poll, the current Mayor of Wyoming, was running for election in 2009, the Grand Rapids Press editorial board gave himtheir endorsement, sighting, among other things, his opposal to the city’s notorious “crash tax.” The fees dispensed to anyone who was unfortunate enough to get in an accident within the city limits, regardless of who was at fault, were massively unpopular, nationally ridiculed, and laughingly unprofitable.
The fees were repealed within a year-and-a-half of being passed. Getting rid of them was a no-brainer, and the Press wasn’t sticking its neck out too far in supporting Poll for mayor. Unfortunately, Poll and the Wyoming city council have not learned from the mistakes of the recent past, and due to the Press’ cozy relationship with Poll, they have failed to take him to task for this.
On November 1, the GR Press published two articles discussing the state of Michigan’s recently passed medical marijuana law in terms of the City of Wyoming. The first described a Wyoming man, licensed by the state to be a medical marijuana patient and caregiver, who had his house broken into and plants and other property stolen in October. Due to the city’s ambiguous stance on the state’s law, he was reluctant to call the Wyoming Police to report the incident. Perhaps he was right to have his doubts. In an extravagant display of blaming the victim, as well as a hopelessly distorted view of public safety, Wyoming Police Chief James Carmody has stated that these types of robberies are a reason for the city to adopt a ban on medical marijuana.
The second Press article came a little later on in the evening, and was posted to mlive.com. It announced the city council’s decision to ban medical cannabis use, growing, and distribution in Wyoming city limits. The Press quoted Poll as saying “There’s a right way to do it. The state of Michigan did this the wrong way.” The article also mentions that the City Attorney stated fears that the city would be sued for being out of compliance with state law. Here is where the newspaper drops the ball. Instead of using tools available to anyone on the Internet (especially in Chile) to examine the validity of the City Attorney’s claims, the Press let his statement hang in the air as if the city’s ban has a 50/50 chance of surviving a court challenge. Within ten days, a Wyoming resident stepped up to sue the city over the obviously illegal ban.
The law, passed by the majority of Michigan voter’s (and 27 out of 28 districts in Wyoming), allows for any patient or caregiver charged with marijuana related legal violations to have those charges dismissed once his or her medical marijuana license is presented in court. Now that the city has banned medical cannabis, Poll is in a double bind – either he doesn’t encourage the arrest and prosecution of medical pot growers and patients, and the only effect the council has is discouraging otherwise law abiding citizens from assisting the already cash-strapped and over-burdened police, or the law faces challenge after challenge in court until it is innevitably overturned, costing the citizens of Wyoming thousands of dollars they do not have.
The other thing the Press failed to do was to hold Poll accountable for his evident disdain for Michigan’s initiative process (and by extension the voters and possibly the democratic process), as well as his doubts about the ability of the citizens of Wyoming (and probably all of Michigan) to determine what is best for their future. Poll talks about the medical cannabis law like it was passed by the Michigan legislature, and the Press never reminds its readers that the law is the will of the people of Michigan. Maybe the Press was afraid of looking like they were flip-flopping within a year of endorsing Poll for mayor. The end result being the will of 17,888 voters getting temporarily overturned by six city council members, and the cash-strapped, job-starved citizens of Wyoming being left paying for court costs of trials with forgone conclusions.
Dutch coffee shops are selling adulterated Ganja
Despite the Netherlands liberal reputation for allowing ‘coffee shops’ the small scale cannabis growers who supply them are being threatened with extinction due to increased police harassment. The result is that coffee shops in Amsterdam and elsewhere in the Netherlands are now selling lower quality, and even dangerously adulterated merchandise sourced from major criminals.
Now a large number of mayors in the Netherlands want small-scale producers to be registered so they can legally sell their product to coffee shops. At the moment coffee shops in the Netherlands are authorized to sell up to 5 grams per customer, but are expected to materialize the product from nowhere, as under Dutch law they have no legitimate source of supply. This means they are being forced to acquire their product from illegal growers, unfortunately for the coffee shops this means the weed that they are selling is of poor standards and will eventually lead to very unsatisfied customers.
The idea that the Dutch authorities have of every grower registering themselves is one of the most smartest ideas yet as this will eventually lead to eradicating illegal growers and of course stop the produce of adulterated weed which will benefit us all.
Spider Mites And What To Do With Them
So, You have finally got your gardens set up and your plants are growing nicely and steadily but there is one small problem, your plants have gotten spider mites on them and you don’t know what to do. Instead of spraying strong pesticides on them and damaging your crop we’re going to show you a way on removing these unwanted pests and keep your crop healthy.
Spray a strong jet of water over all surfaces of the plant, including stems, foliage and undersides of the leaves. The stream will wash the insects off. This is the easiest way to control spider mites. If the water alone doesn’t do the job, spray with a soap/oil mixture. Mix 1/2 tsp. insecticidal soap, 1/4 tsp. horticultural oil, and 1 quart water in a spray bottle. For more stubborn infestations, spray with pyrethrin or neem oil. Water the plant well before spraying. Both of these products are organic but have a good track record for controlling spider mites. Numerous chemical products are also available for the control of spider mites.
If all of this fails then you may very well have to harvest your crop early, We know that this is really unwanted by many growers but if worst comes to worst than this is the only thing that you can do without damaging your crop.
Wiz Khalifa Arrested On Drug Charges
Pennsylvania rapper Wiz Khalifa was arrested by North Carolina police on drug charges following a concert which he recently held. The 22 year old rapper was arrested in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a performance at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
According to MTV News, “police raided the rapper's tour bus while he was performing on stage and marijuana was found”. Cameron Thomaz, also known as Khalifa was charged with trafficking in marijuana, maintainin and storing marijuana and one misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. MTV News also reports that nine other people were arrested on the same charges. Khalifa was held at the Pitt County Detention Center where he awaited to post bail. Khalifa apparently posted bail at 300,000 Dollars and was released from the detention center at around 8 am.
Cannabis Scratch And Sniif Cards
Illegal grow farms in Holland for the long favored drug known as cannabis are becoming a huge problem, This is why the Dutch police force in Rotterdam have recruited around 30,000 locals and issued them with basically scratch and sniff cards scented with cannabis to educate the people on how real cannabis plants smell. These 8 by 4 inch cards calls on citizens to "Assist in combating cannabis plantations!” with helpful hints such as looking for places where the curtains are always drawn, where there are consistent buzzing noises for indoor growth or even illegal electrical hook ups.
The Dutch government decriminalized the use and possession of cannabis back in 1976 and the average person can grow up to 5 marijuana plants, This is not where the problem lies though, the black market growth operations are clocking in around 2 billion Euros annually which could essentially add up to around 40,00 growth operations. Richard Anderiesse who is part of the city's cannabis task force quoted that each year around 6000 illegal growth operations are found, with around 300 of them being in Rotterdam. Concern about the growth operations, apart from being illegal, include the risk of fire and water loss due to illegal tapping into the supplies.
High Without The Smoke
A Colorado soda company has developed a brand new line of sodas that have an unusual ingredient yes that’s right you guessed it, its marijuana. The brand is called “Dixie Elixir” and they have made their drinks available to anyone with a prescription for medical marijuana and of course who doesn’t enjoy the smoke.
The “Dixie Elixir” drinks come in a variety of different flavors ranging from pink lemonade, root beer and grape. But if the company really wants to get their drinks into the hands of marijuana lovers, they may want to start concocting a pizza and nachos flavor. But marijuana is only legal to consume in 14 states with a prescription from a doctor. So, unless you are one of the approximately half a million people who is a medical marijuana patient, this pot-infused soda won't do you much good.
It's an open secret that you can smoke marijuana and still be a valuable part of society. But when you think of smoking weed, you're more likely to think of Cheech and Chong than the people running the United States government Even though at least two U.S. presidents have admitted smoking it. The drink makers say part of the reason they developed their line of mary-jane drinks was to remove that "reefer madness" stigma associated with marijuana smokers.
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