'Justice Minister Robert Nicholson said Wednesday the government’s medical marijuana regulations are under review after the UN’s drugs watchdog warned Canada needs to tighten up the system.'
'Walk into the basement showroom of the Colorado Patient Coalition, a marijuana dispensary located in a small medical plaza on the northern outskirts of Denver, and your nostrils fill with the same pungent odor that once stank up your college roommate's underwear drawer. But the visual cues are at odds with the Steppenwolf playing on the sound system: a uniformed security guard leans by the door, while grass is displayed in neatly labeled jars under glass. Along one wall is a large, horizontal one-way window, behind which, one assumes, are eyes sharper and brighter than those of the clerks and customers.'
'Alaska's greatest dog-sled racer Lance Mackey legally smokes marijuana for medicinal purposes, yet he was still arrested for possessing pot at the Anchorage Airport on Jan. 13.'
'There was never any doubt Ozzy fans would come out in droves to meet the Prince of Darkness when he released his new autobiography I Am Ozzy. Things went a little haywire on Friday reports the Boston Herald when a man showed up to a book signing in possession of marijuana.'
'SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- South Carolina police arrested two men from Charlotte, N.C., and seized more than 200 pounds of marijuana and two vehicles in a drug bust.'
'A Capitol Hill couple got more than they bargained for after what they thought was a routine Fed Ex delivery. The box they received contained $120,000 worth of pot, MyFoxDC.com reported.'
'If nothing else, Los Angeles' protracted struggle with cannabis clinic regulation should serve as a warning to other cities in which medicinal marijuana dispensaries wish to operate -- Better to lay down some strict rules and regulations, even if they can be a bit onerous (like in San Francisco), even if it means limiting the amount of clinics allowed within city limits to, say, five (like in Oakland).'
'Lemon Skunk is a smooth, very tasty, connoisseur strain. Both Green House Seeds and DNA Genetics have versions of this strain. Franco from Green House Seeds says the DNA Genetics version is more available and assumes we might be reviewing that version. '
'Despite a well-known stance for the reform of marijuana laws, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Washington has drawn criticism from activists for not supporting the initiative.'
'The hypocrisy is staggering when you consider that the Obama administration's "drug war" budget has about twice as much money going into the criminal justice system than to treatment and prevention. This is despite President Obama having said many times that drug use needs to be looked at as a health issue. In California, where you can get a prescription for medical marijuana, the L.A. County District Attorney claims that state law doesn't allow dispensaries to sell it - and they recently busted a popular distributor and charged him with 24 felonies!'
'YONKERS — A Yonkers woman was charged with possession of 84 bags of marijuana and a city man who police said was her confederate was charged with pointing a gun at a 42-year-old Bronx woman, authorities said today.'
'Overall: I like this bud for its unique flavor and taste. The high is distinct and one that you’ll want over and over.
Great bud overall – highly recommended. –mbfunk420'
'Since 1992, MTV has aired the true story of seven strangers, picked to live in a house, have their lives taped after drinking massive of amounts of alcohol while we find out over and over again that drinking alcohol often leads to reckless, violent, and oftentimes illegal behavior.'
'If you've ever found yourself wondering what's happening to the 224 beautiful marijuana plants seized by the Drug Enforcement Administration from that guy who was really good at pot farming but not so much when it came to discretion...'
'First off, what is zeroing a hit? Well, for the uninformed, after you hit a pipe, joint, blunt, whatever, rather than exhale, you just let the smoke fester in your alveoli until you can’t stand it anymore and either cough, or just smile and go about your day. I was always under the impression it got you more stoned.'
'Our very own ganja chronnoisseur, Dragonfly, travels the world in search of each country’s best cannabis and evaluates strains ranging from the popular and plentiful to the rare and exotic.'
'We talk with the man himself Franco from Green House Seeds joins us on the show. We chat with him about feminized seeds and the advantages and dis-advantages with using fem seeds. We talk a lot about the best strains around and get tips on how to grow this years Cannabis Cup Award Winner Super Lemon Haze to its fullest potential. Franco also talks about politics in Europe and about Green House Seeds’ Award Winning Documentary ‘Strain Hunters’. JDR will be giving away ‘Strain Hunters‘ DVD’s doon. An aweseome interview you do not want to miss! Certainly for the best of!'
'Too much of this superbly grown sample of Ultra Skunk will induce a panicky, heart racing marijuana high. Ultra Skunk is a soaring sativa. Leave the couch behind you and be prepared to sail past Saturn.'
'Ross Rebaglti was the Gold Medal winning Canadian snowboarder who tested positive for marijuana, during the 1998 Winter Olympics, held in Nagano, Japan. After he escaped with his medal on a technicality, the Olympic officials officially banned marijuana, officially.'
'IMAGINE what life would be like right now…if they would have legalized WEED at the peak of the summer of LOVE. Seriously, think about it. You can’t deny the importance of herb and the synergy it created with newly adopted ideals realized from Buddhism gathered from insight while being stoned. That shit changed the world.'
'Researchers worldwide have performed 37 separate clinical trials assessing the therapeutic safety and efficacy of inhaled cannabis and marijuana-based medicines since 2005, according to a review published online last week in the journal Cannabinoids: The Journal of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines (IACM).'
'Overall: The next batch of this will be injected with nutrients via syringe – I’ll make sure to update everyone on those.
'About a week ago I did a post on Keef and Dro. One of our HMJ readers, Eaze, made better sense of it in one sentence, than I did in one whole post. He said ” Keef is just concentrated Dro.”'
'A California man has been taken back into custody after almost six years of freedom to finish the remainder of his 10-year prison sentence for growing medical marijuana.'
'(Health.com) -- Lynda, a 48-year-old mother of three who lives in upstate New York, got a diagnosis of fibromyalgia in 2000. While there are prescription medications for fibromyalgia, she's found one unconventional drug -- marijuana -- that really does the trick.'
'The nation's main advocacy group for medical marijuana threatened Tuesday to challenge Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich's legal assault on dispensaries, saying it is "unlawful, unconstitutional, and contravenes the spirit and letter of the governing laws."'
'A woman who lives in a trailer park on Bringle Ferry Road who was expecting the delivery of a new computer, was surprised to find UPS delivered instead a package containing 45 pounds of marijuana.
She called Salisbury Police, who took the package.'
'Overall: Very, very nice all around. Grape Krush has a very subtle, fruity/hashy taste and smells incredible. It’s cerebral effects provide a clear and soaring high, accompanied by a body buzz that’s not incapacitating. –marijuanasoarus'
'DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Legislature will set up a committee to look at the issue of medical marijuana.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says if the committee comes up with a workable plan, lawmakers could discuss the issue during the 2011 session.'
Maybe someday Iowa.
'Like many African-American men, Malcolm Little suffered police harassment as a youth while peddling reefers in Harlem to make ends meet. His struggle with authorities led to his time in prison, where he became a devotee of Elijah Muhammad, changed his name to Malcolm X, and eventually became a lifelong crusader for African-American rights.'
'A story out of New Mexico yesterday sheds light on the dilemma facing many veterans who could benefit from medical marijuana and rely solely on the Department of Veterans Affairs for their health care.'
'More than four months ago, Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley warned that state law does not allow dispensaries to sell medical marijuana and zeroed in on Organica, a popular Venice-area outlet, as one possible target.'
'Overall: Such a joy to grow this strain. White Rhino is by far one of the best whites I have smoked that really does the trick for bad chronic pain. Also the Sativa side of it leaves a nice cerebral stone, depending on how much you blaze. The high kicks in quick in about 3 mins, sets fully in 15. Great strain, would highly recommend for growing. If you see it at a clinic, by all means grab at least a gram or two. –InGrowingWeTrust'
'The New York State Senate Health Committee passed a medical marijuana bill Tuesday afternoon.'
'Law enforcement agencies say they have faced a bit of a struggle since medical marijuana was approved in Montana in 2004, reports Nikki Laurenzo at KTVQ.'
'Colorado's burgeoning medical marijuana community is up in arms after a series of DEA raids in recent weeks. First, DEA agents hit medical marijuana laboratories in Denver and Colorado Springs that tested for THC levels and contaminants such as mold. Then, late last week, DEA agents raided and arrested Highland Park medical marijuana grower Chris Bartkowicz after he appeared in local media talking about his grow operation.'
'Police arrested three men who allegedly tried to pass off lettuce as marijuana during a recent drug investigation, York County Detective Craig Fenstermacher said.'
'People: If you’re housing an illegal marijuana grow room, DON’T call the cops for any reason! (This should go without saying, common sense much?) A couple reported a burglary from their home in Bloomfield, NJ last week. Someone had apparently broken into their home and stolen their safe.'
'Most patients don’t get asked where they get their medicine. That’s because everyone knows people get their medicine from a pharmacy. But I have to get my medicine otherwise. I have to safeguard my “source” because my medicine is cannabinoid based – and that makes it almost illegal. – But not today. Today I can answer the source question openly because it is my local pharmacy – with drive-thru service and open to dispense medicine 24 hours a day. I drive up and push a big, yellow smiley-faced button to gain access – a soft automated voice comes over the speaker to verify that I am in the right place in order to pick up my prescription. Next, the typical professional looking person – white coat with badge – slides open the window asking my name and what I need.'
'OAKLAND, Calif. - Hot on the heels of new research showing marijuana's pain-relief value and the reintroduction of a bill to legalize, regulate and tax the drug, the Bay Area this week saw the premiere of its first marijuana-themed television show.'
'Democratic candidates for state attorney general yesterday took varying positions on the merits of legalizing marijuana, but agreed that medical marijuana needs to be much more heavily regulated than it is now.'
'MIAMI (AP) — In her 88 years, Florence Siegel has learned how to relax: A glass of red wine. A crisp copy of The New York Times, if she can wrest it from her husband. Some classical music, preferably Bach. And every night like clockwork, she lifts a pipe to her lips and smokes marijuana.'
'Overall: I have gotten this strain from the grower before, but with this grow they really upped the ante.
'Comedian Cheech Marin, one-half of the most famous pot-smoking duo of the 1970s, lent his celebrity to a medical marijuana convention that opens on Friday in Los Angeles, and used the occasion to plug a new movie.'
'Cannabis Culture Headquarters is in the heart of Olympic central in downtown Vancouver. As a well-known Vancouver tourist destination, news reporters from around the world often stop by to speak with marijuana activist Marc Emery (former owner of CCHQ , which is now owned his wife Jodie Emery) and use a Volcano Vaporizer in our BCMP office and smoking room.'
'On Saturday, at a Los Angeles medical marijuana trade show teeming with entrepreneurs hoping to cash in on California's legal pot market, the two chums were reunited as business consultants marketing "solutions for an emerging industry."'
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'Gun shop manager Patrick Jones says he wants to sell as many firearms as he can.
But Jones won't do business with known medical cannabis patients, such as Army Spc. Sean Merritt, an honorably discharged and disabled veteran.
That refusal has drawn criticism from Merritt and other medical marijuana advocates, who have twice gone to Redding City Council chambers to denounce Jones, who happens to be mayor, for violating patients' rights.'
'But what about electrical consumption patterns? Do homeowners have a reasonable expectation of privacy over their electricity consumption? Must police obtain a search warrant before they may obtain or access records concerning electrical consumption patterns?
You see, certain patterns of excessive consumption are indicative of a grow op. Also, abnormally low consumption doesn’t necessarily mean one is trying to conserve energy. It may mean that someone has bypassed the hydro meter and is stealing electricity.'
'Which brings us to the current moment. With the ban lifted, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D), along with council members David A. Catania (I-At Large) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large), has introduced legislation to implement Initiative 59. It's a sound proposal that tracks the design and intent of the original initiative by creating a tightly regulated system whereby patients with serious, chronic or debilitating medical conditions can have safe and affordable access to medical marijuana.'
'Lawmakers around the country are debating a record number of marijuana law reform bills in 2010. NORML’s Weekly Legislative Round Up is your one-stop guide to pending marijuana law reform legislation around the country, along with tips for influencing the policies of your state.'
'Overall: Sparkles like weed candy. Excellent for relaxing while staying alert i.e. watching a movie.
Good pain relief. Light in the flavor department, but compensates with a head-to-toe buzz. Able to collect abundant kief. –dank grrrl'
'I pride myself on being able to spotlessly clean anything, and this includes paraphernalia. Now, these tips are for cleaning glass, because if you’re smoking out of anything except glass, you’re not getting the full flavor of the weed.'