Friday, April 29, 2011

Flaming Lips to Offer Marijuana Flavored Gummy Brain

This is one of the coolest news items from the world of weed that I've seen in a while. The band The Flaming Lips are going to release a live version of their classic album The Soft Bulletin on a USB Flash Drive encased in a gummy head, complete with marijuana-flavored brains.
Oh my God, I think I just shit my fucking pants! That is so cool!
The band previously released four new songs encased in gummy head, but without the weed flavored brains. You can order that version on their Website for $150, but no word on when the weed version will arrive or how much it will cost.. It can't come soon enough.

You can check out a taste-test video of the new head right here (It really tastes like weed!):

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Eight involved in Marijuana Conspiracy Convicted

Some very interesting new from the world of weed this morning:

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It's being reported by KOAM News in Kansas that 8 people involved in a $20 million dollar marijuana ring have been convicted for trafficking marijuana. According to the report the ring had outposts in Phoenix, Las VegasLos Angeles, Nashville, Patterson, N.J., Pittsburgh, Florida and Jamaica. The group acquired their marijuana from sources in Arizona and distributed it using parcel services.

Wait a minute...

Wasn't it just a couple days ago that we heard about an elderly couple receiving a five-pound brick of marijuana in the mail and didn't that couple live in Pittsburgh, and wasn't the return address on the package from Arizona?

I think I've cracked the case!

The article from KOAM doesn't mention a connection to the other story, but don't the pieces fit together a little too well to be coincidence?

Anyway, the ringleader of the trafficking organization was named in the report as 60-year-old Gladstone McDowell (Cool Name!), of Kansas City, MO.

The guilty verdict was handed down today after the trial began April 8. Sentencing is set for Sept. 12.
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Sneek Peek Photo From 'Weeds' Season 7

Entertainment Weekly just posted a first look at the new season of Showtime's 'Weeds' via a photo of Mary Louise Parker wearing nothing but handcuffs and chains.
As we know, Parker's character Nancy Botwin had just been arrested at the end of Season 6, so the handcuffs make sense, but the chains are what have me really curious. That and the box that she's standing in. Is Nancy going to end up becoming some sort of magician's assistant or something? Or is it just supposed to represent the fact that the new season is going to take place in a prison?
Either way, I'm totally excited and can't wait for the new season!
Here's the new photo:

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Strain Review: Jack Herer

Overview: Ahh, Jack Herer. Oh, how I love this strain. Named after marijuana activist Jack Herer who wrote the weed manifesto ‘The Emperor Wears No Clothes’, this strain is quickly becoming as legendary as the man himself. The first sample of Jack that I tried came from the Green Dragon Collective in Woodland Hills, CA and while it was still spectacular bud, it was a little dried out and definitely didn’t meet the strain’s potential. The sample that I’m reviewing here seemed to be very freshly harvested and was beyond spectacular. According to my Cannabible, Jack Herer is a mix of Northern Lights, Skunk and Haze. If you like sativas and haven’t tried Jack yet, what the hell are you waiting for? This shit kicks ass!
Also, a lot of people get confused about how to say the name 'Herer', so for the record the proper pronunciation is 'Her-air'.

Purchased From: Desert Cannabuds delivery service in Calexico, CA

Looks: These buds were light green and hairy as hell. Bigger golden hairs poke out here and there, but the buds were almost completely covered by smaller white hairs and tons of huge resin glands. Nothing too special to look at, but the taste and smell make up for it.

Taste/Smell: This is where Jack excels. My mouth started watering as soon as I opened my medicine bottle and took a whiff. Holy God does this shit smell good! Jack Herer has a very complex smell and flavor. The smell is citrusy, piney and bright but with a hint of the fuel smell common to strains like Sour Diesel and Chemdog. Same with the taste. It was very citrusy, but left a very hashy taste in my mouth for a long time afterward. My mouth is watering again now just thinking about it!

Buzz: Jack provides a super intense sativa blast, going straight to your head and turning your brain to mush. I got super spacey after a few tokes. I also got a very talk-able and social feel, but it played hell on my memory. I couldn’t remember what I was talking about two second after I finished talking about it. The one bad thing about this strain is that the high wore off fairly quickly. About 20 minutes in the edge started to come off and I could function again and at the end of an hour the effects were pretty much gone.

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Montana Governor Rejects Medical Marijuana Overhaul as Unconstitutional

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer rejected the state's newly passed overhaul to their medical marijuana program, calling the changes unconstitutional and saying they would never stand up in court.
If the bill reaches the governor's desk before lawmakers adjourn, he says he will make an amendatory veto to take out some of the provisions. If lawmakers adjourn before the governor gets the bill, he'll be forced to either veto the bill completely or to pass it into law.
“I’d like to amend it, that’s what I would like to do, and we’ll see what it looks like when it gets here,” Schweitzer said in an interview with Lee Newspapers State Bureau. “The bill as written is not going to survive the courts.”
Schweitzer says he wants to take out provisions in the bill that would require medical marijuana patients to carry a state-issued ID card on them at all times, regardless if they are carrying marijuana or not, and would also provide the names and addresses of all medical marijuana patients to local police agencies who would have the right to conduct a search of their home at any time.
“That violates your constitutional rights to illegal search,” Schweitzer said.
Schweitzer also supports adding a provision that would allow a few centralized growers who would be heavily regulated, taxed, bonded and insured so that "none of this stuff makes it to the illegal chains.”
“I mean does someone with a straight face think you can have 5,000 people growing their own and none of it makes it to high schools or to college dorm rooms?” he said.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Montana Passes Overhaul of Medical Marijuana Programs to Imposes Strictest Rules in the Country

Medical marijuana patients in Montana may have a much harder time finding their medicine and new patients may have a much harder time qualifying for the state's program after lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday to set new regulations and restrictions on patients, doctors and lawyers. The bill is now headed to the governor's desk for a final approval.
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The bill would set the strictest medical marijuana rules among the 15 states that have legalized it's use. Under the new law caregivers would only be allowed to provide marijuana for three patients, which will pretty much make dispensaries a thing of the past in the state. Patients will also be required to have an established relationship with the physician making their medical marijuana recommendation and if they're trying to get a recommendation for Chronic Pain, the most common use for medical marijuana, they'll have to provide proof that they do indeed have chronic pain.
Supporters of the stricter regulations acknowledge that it will cut access for sick individuals, but say it's worth it to rein in the industry that they say is out of control.

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What Would You Do If You Found A Brick of Marijuana?

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In response to a story that broke a couple of days ago about an elderly couple who mistakenly received a five-pound brick of marijuana in the mail, the Web site conducted a poll asking what residents would do if they found a large quantity of marijuana. Turns out most of them said they would smoke it. Right on! Of the people polled, 49 percent said they would smoke the weed, 19 percent said they would sell it and only 32 percent said they would turn it over to the police.
I've personally never found ANY amount of marijuana and haven't been faced with this choice, but you all know what I'd do with it ;)
What would YOU do?
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Hawaii To Scale Back Medical Marijuana Program?

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Hawaii state lawmakers will vote tomorrow on a bill that would drastically scale back the state's medical marijuana program.
Under the proposed law, sponsored by Senate Health Chairman Josh Green, would limit marijuana prescriptions to those with cancer, AIDS, HIV, Glaucoma and Multiple Sclerosis and would establish one state-run marijuana distribution center on whichever island has the biggest demand.
Green, who is a medical physician says that marijuana should only be used to treat degenerative diseases and not common injuries. The new pilot program would be active for two years on a trial basis.

My Two Cents:
This is so fucking stupid. Why would you limit marijuana access to these five diseases? What is the reasoning behind this? Are some disease better than others? What do you tell all the people with Crohn's Disease or Extreme Anxiety whose quality of life are immensely improved by marijuana? Why shouldn't they be able to use this medicine too? It's like saying you can only use asprin for hangnails. What if I get a headache?
And limiting access to one distribution point is also retarded considering the state's geographical make-up. I guess Josh Green wants cancer patients and other very sick people to have to travel in some cases for hours to get the medicine they need? What a joke. Fuck you Josh Green.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teaser Released for New Season of 'Weeds'

Showtime released a new teaser today for season 7 of it's acclaimed show 'Weeds'. From what I understand season 7 will be mostly about Nancy Botwin's serving a stint in prison after falsely confessing to the murder of Pilar Zuazo at the end of season 6. I'm a die-hard weeds fan and I can't wait for the next season! Stay tuned for my review of the Season 6 'Weeds' DVD release, coming soon.

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Illinois One Step Closer to Medical Marijuana?

Illinois State Rep. Lou Lang
The Huffington Post is reporting that Illinois lawmaker Tom Cross has changed his mind on a bill to legalize medical marijuana in the state after speaking with several medical marijuana patients.
State Repo Lou Lang, who is sponsoring the bill, praised the bi-partisanship of Cross' change of heart.
"The best prospect for passing this bill now comes because we have cooperation from the other side of the aisle," Lang said.
If passed, House Bill 30 would allow Illinois residents with a legitimate medical need to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana, but the rules will be strict. Only those with debilitating illnesses like Crohn's Disease and cancer will be able to legally smoke weed and they will not be allowed to drive for 12 hours after taking their medicine.
"It will be the best, most restrictive, mostly regulated law in the country," Lang said.
A vote on the bill is expected to come as soon as next week.
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'Bed Intruder' Star Antoine Dodson Pleads 'Not Guilty' To Marijuana Charge

'Bed Intruder' star Antoine Dodson pleaded 'Not Guilty' yesterday to a slew of misdemeanor charges including possession of marijuana after he was pulled over for speeding in Huntsville, Alabama earlier this week.
Dodson was charged with possession of marijuana, speeding, failure to stop at a traffic light and not having car insurance, all of which he plead 'not guilty' to.
He's been released on $500 bail and is due back in court in July.
Dodson first rose to fame as the star of the YouTube hit 'The Bed Intruder' which lampooned an interview Dodson gave on live television after his home was terrorized by a would-be rapist. 
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What Does Facebook Have Against Marijuana?

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Yesterday I tried to create an ad for The Chronicle using Facebook's social, pay-per-click advertising system. A couple of hours later I received an email telling me that my ad had been reject for inappropriate content.
Turns out Facebook refuses to show any ads on their Web site that depict a marijuana leaf, which the logo of The Chronicle does.
Back in October Facebook caused quite a stir by refusing to run ads from the "Just Say Now" campaign that was urging legalization of marijuana just before California's vote on Proposition 19, which would have legalized recreational use of the drug in the state. "Just Say Now" refuted the claim that their ad was against Facebook advertising policies and were told by Facebook that the image of a marijuana leaf falls under the category of 'smoke-able substances' which they say is prohibited by their advertising guidelines.
But in fact, there is no mention of 'smoke-able' substances in Facebook's advertising guidelines and there are no mentions of marijuana or any other drugs. The guidelines do prohibit advertisements for tobacco products and place strict guidelines on ads for alcohol, but they definitely don't say anything about displaying the image of a marijuana leaf.
Facebook needs to get it's shit together. If advertisements involving marijuana are not allowed, then it should be added to their guidelines, but there is no reason why they should it shouldn't be allowed.
Marijuana is a natural medicine that helps millions of people all over the world every day. Can the same be said for alcohol, which IS allowed?
Hipocracy about marijuana use rears it's ugly head again.
I urge every one out there to send Facebook an email and let them know how you feel about the issue. The times when marijuana was a taboo subject are over. The president even said so.

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Strain Revew: Perfect G-13

Overview: I’ll never forget the first time I smoked G-13. I was attending The Recording Workshop, an audio engineering school in Chillicothe, Ohio at the time. An old two-story house serves as the dorm room for the school and it was a total party house. I came out of my bedroom early one morning to find the house deserted because every one but me had an early class.
One of my classmates was a Rastafarian, and as clich├ęd as it may sound, he was a dead-ringer for Bob Marley. When I left my bedroom that morning, my Rastafarian friend (his name escapes me at the moment) was the only one in the house, sitting quietly in a recliner in the living room, staring at the wall and smoking a giant joint.
“I’ve got to go to class,” he said when I walked in, “Here, finish this.”
And he handed me his barely-smoked joint. Why can’t all days be like this?
Anyway, I took the Rastafarian’s place in the recliner and proceed to smoke the joint all the way down to the end. I sunk deep into the chair with a big smile on my face and skipped the rest of my classes that day.
I was blown away.
I grew up near the border and at the time I was used to smoking nothing but Mexican Schwag. This stuff was heaven by comparison. I was in love. For years afterward I would recant to people my story of the BEST BUD I EVER TRIED.
Of course, since then I’ve tried buds that are as good or better than that G-13, but the strain will always hold a special place in my heart.

Purchased From: San Diego Organic Collective, Inc.

Looks: This sample of Perfect G-13 from SDOC is an amazing sight to behold. The buds are so dark purple that they look black and it’s completely covered in bright, gold hairs. This stuff caught my eye immediately when I walked into SDOC and I knew I had to try it. Perfect G-13 is top-shelf stuff and quite pricy, so I was only able to buy a small sample, but it was totally worth it!

Taste/Smell: It’s been about a decade since I smoked that joint of G-13 but I remember it having a sweet, earthy/skunky smell and a very delicate taste. Smoking this bud out of a bong was a little different though. The smoke barely tasted like anything at all! I was astounded that such a beautiful, complex-looking bud could be so plain in taste, but the high made up for it.

Buzz: If you manage to score a good sample of G-13, prepare yourself for a ride. This bud is SUPER potent! The interesting this about this strain is that you get the full-on, couch-locked, lazy as hell feeling that you get from most indicas, but it also gives you a slight head high and it made me feel super creative and focused. It makes you feel light, and airy but super relaxed at the same time. It was a very unique experience that I hope to repeat in the very near future!
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Monday, April 25, 2011

How to Clean Marijuana Pipes and Bongs

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Is your favorite smoking apparatus covered in nasty old resin? Want it to shine like new again? Follow these tips to make sure your pipe, bong or other preferred conveyance of herbal smoke is spotless, sanitized and ready for pure, healthy smoking!
After months, weeks or even days of use pipes and bongs can develop a thick coat of dried resin that looks disgusting and makes your smoke taste like ass and can be a total pain in the butt to get rid of if you don't know what you're doing. Eventually the resin will clog your pipe completely and you won't even be able to get a hit! Luckily, you have The Chronicle to show you how to get rid of all that gross black gunk without spending crazy amounts of money on over-the-counter cleaning products.
So without further ado, here's our step-by-step guide to cleaning your pieces:

For Pipes:

STEP 1: Start by cleaning as much resin as you can out with pipe cleaners and other tools. Randy's Hard Bristle Pipe Cleaners work the best, but Ream n' Klean Pipe Cleaners will do in a pinch and are available at any Walgreen's store. Start by inserting the pipe cleaner in through the mouthpiece of the pipe and try to get it through the entire length of the stem. This usually pushes a large ball of resin out of the stem and into the bowl of the pipe. Insert the pipe cleaner through the carburetor hole until it's as far in as it will go. Most of the resin ball that you pushed in from the stem should come out after repeating this step a few times, but if there are any big chucks left you can try to remove them with a tooth pick, or preferably a paper clip. Use a knife to scrape the inside of the bowl, but be careful! Metal blades are very slippery on glass.
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STEP 2: Fill a tall drinking glass with rubbing alcohol. Try to find the stronger 90 percent alcohol rather than the milder 60 percent. Fill the glass about three quarters full of alcohol and gently place your pipe in the glass to soak. Let the pipe soak for as long as possible, preferably for at least an hour before moving on to the next step.

STEP 3: After your pipe is done soaking, drain the alcohol and rinse your pipe in fresh water. Place your pipe in a medium size saucepan and fill it with enough water to cover the pipe completely. Bring the water to a gentle boil. You should never put a glass pipe directly into boiling water because it will cause it to crack. Let your pipe boil for about 30 minutes. Carefully remove the pipe from the saucepan. I recommend using barbecue tongs or something similar. Let the pipe cool and dump the water out of your saucepan. If there's still any resin left in your pipe, repeat this step until it's gone.

STEP 4: After boiling in all that resiny water, your pipe may still be covered in a thin film of resin. Clean out the original glass that you used to soak your pipe and once again soak in rubbing alcohol for about 30 min. After that just rinse the pipe in fresh water, let it dry and you're good to go!

Note: Boiling pipes WILL make your entire house reek of marijuana. In a bad way.

For Bongs: 

STEP 1: Bongs are usually much easier to clean than pipes simply because it's easier to get to all the nooks and crannies. Start by filling the main water chamber of your bong with 90 percent rubbing alcohol and remove the bowl.

STEP 2: For an average size bong, add about half a cup of plain old table salt which will act as an abrasive to remove all the stuck on resin stains.
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STEP 3: Cover the stem hole with the thumb of your left hand and the mouth opening with the
palm of your right hand and shake the whole thing vigorously. It's best to work over the sink while doing this, because it will make a mess. Change the position of the bong every now and then so that the salt get's into all the different parts. Pay special attention to any areas that have heavy resin stains and try to shake the salt toward those areas.

STEP 4: After you've salt scrubbed all the stains off the bong, rinse the whole thing thoroughly in fresh water to get rid of any left over salt particles.

STEP 5: Use the pipe cleaning method described above to clean the bowl and stem of your bong.

STEP 6: Sit back and enjoy a nice, clean-tasting smoke!

Note: This method is intended for use with glass pipes and bongs. Never use rubbing alcohol on plastic bongs, because it WILL make the crack.

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Elderly Couple Gets Mis-Addressed Marijuana

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An elderly couple in Philadelphia got a surprise today when the opened a package delivered to their house to find a 5-pound brick of high-grade marijuana.
Not recognizing the name on the address, the couple left the package sitting on their porch for week before they finally opened it.
As soon as they found the weed they turned the package over to the police who were able to determine that the return address in Tollison, Arizona was fake.
Delaware County Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the Delaware County Daily Times that similar deliveries occur about a half-dozen times per year.

UPDATE: Another unsolicited brick of weed showed up in the same suburb today. Check it out.
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Rhode Island Lawmaker Arrested for Marjuana

Rhode Island State Representative Robert Watson (R) was arrested Friday in East Haven after police smelled "a strong odor of marijuana" coming from his car at a traffic checkpoint.
Watson has already been the point of some controversy in the past due to his statements on immigration, drugs and homosexuality.
"I guess that if you are a Guatemalan gay man that likes to gamble and smoke marijuana, you probably think that we're onto some good ideas here," Watson said during a meeting with business leaders in February.
After his comments the Guatemalan American Alliance of Rhode Island joined with Immigrants in Action to demand an apology from Watson. He refused to apologize, saying that his comments were made in levity and frustration.
Watson was released from jail on a promise to appear in court and will face charges of possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.
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Trooper Says He Can Smell Marijuana Growing Operations From Hundreds of Feet Away, Judge Says He Can't

A State Trooper's claims that he is able to smell marijuana growing from hundreds of feet away has been tossed out by a federal judge.
Trooper Kyle Young says he smelled a strong odor of marijuana while driving by several hundred feet away from the Wasilla home of Trace Rae and Jennifer Anne Thoms in February 2010 and used the smell as justification for search warrant which turned up 500 marijuana plants at the home.
During testimony last February, Thoms said that his grow room, which was separate from the main home, was insulated, sealed and also had air filters. The defense also brought in an expert who said that it's unlikely that Young could have smelled the pot from that far away.
On Friday Superior Court Judge John Sedwick ruled in favor of the defense, agreeing that Young probably couldn't smell the marijuana.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

Marijuana Mentioned on 'The Simpsons' and 'The Office'

I think marijuana would have been a mostly taboo subject for prime time TV even 10 years ago, but as it moves further and further into the mainstream, we're seeing weed being mentioned more and more. Even on network television.
Marijuana got mentions on both The Simpsons (Fox) and The Office (NBC) last week and the Simpsons had an episode earlier this year that featured guest stars Cheech and Chong and was littered with marijuana references.
On The Simpsons last week, Lisa befriends and old magician who was a former colleague of Harry Houdini. As the magician tells Lisa about his dead wife and other past tragedies he laments, "All I have now is my memories and my medical marijuana."
A small mention, but it was good for a chuckle.
A marijuana reference on The Office came during last week's episode featuring the return of the Dundies. For those of you who don't follow the show, the Dundies are given out at a ceremony held for the employees of Dunder Mifflon who receive awards for things like having diabetes and smelly bowel movements.
On last week's episode, Michael Scott (Steve Carrel) presented Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) with the Doobie Doobie Pothead Stoner of the Year Award because "by his admission he actually tried marijuana in college".
Of course marijuana has been prominently featured on network TV many other times during the past decade, most notably in the Family Guy episode '420', which was entirely devoted to the herb and featured a musical number urging legalization. I see it as one of the high points of marijuana breaking through to mainstream culture.
The Simpsons have also tackled the subject before also. In the 2002 episode 'Weekend at Burnsie's', Homer is prescribed medical marijuana for ocular pressure after his eyes are pecked at by a murder of crows. I think this episode may have been one of the first mainstream, network shows to tackle the issue head on, but Family Guy sure took the ball and ran with it. If you haven't seen the 420 Episode, check it out. It's pretty awesome!

You can watch the episode of the Simpsons on Hulu here, and the episode of The Office here.
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2-Year-Old Child Prescribed Marijuana

I'm a bit late on this one, but it's an interesting story so I thought I'd share.
Last month, CBS News interviewed the father of a 2-year-old child named Cash Hyde who had been prescribed medical marijuana while undergoing treatments for cancer. The CBS video on YouTube says that the boy is one of the youngest medical marijuana patients in the state of Montana.
Cash's father, who looks like a typical stoner type with long hair and bloodshot eyes, says that his son would go weeks without eating before he was prescribed marijuana and that the herb helped him to not only regain his appetite, but also helped to re-build his organs. Another testament to the awesome healing power of marijuana! Although the father's appearance probably doesn't do much to help people be accepting of his son's medicine, it's still good to see marijuana portrayed in a relatively positive light on a national news network.You can watch the full CBS video here.
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University of Colorado May End 4/20 Celebration

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The Associated Press is reporting that officials at the University of Colorado are considering shutting down the school's annual 4/20 celebration that draws as many as 10,000 potheads to the school each year on April 20.
 Vice Chancellor of Administration Frank Bruno says the school spends about $50,000 on security for the event which includes an ID check of every student conducted by the sheriff's department.
The school has been dealing with a budget shortfall and Regent Michael Carrigan calls the expense of the event "an outrageous waste of money".
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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Arizona Approves 80 Percent of Medical Marijuana Applications

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   It has been one week since the state of Arizona started accepting applications for it's fledgling medical marijuana program and the Arizona Department of Health Services announced in a press release yesterday that 80 percent of people who have applied have been approved.
   According to the press release, the largest age group to apply for legal use of marijuana was 50 and up, with 40-50 coming in next and most of the applicants lived in the Phoenix or Tuscon regions, but there were applicants spread throughout the state.
   A total of 718 people applied and 597 of those were approved. Most of the applicants are being treated for Chronic Pain, but licenses were also issued for patients with cancer, AIDS, glaucoma and Crohn's Disease.
   Arizona is expected to begin licensing dispensaries in June and patients are expected to start receiving their medicine by late summer.

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'Bed Intruder' Guy Antoine Dodson Arrested for Marijuana

Antoine Dodson, viral video star and basis for the 'Bed Intruder' song was arrested for marijuana possession and five other minor misdemeanor charges Saturday in Huntsville Alabama after being pulled over for speeding.
Dodson was arrested at 2:30 p.m. and was later released according to the Madison County Sheriff's Department Web site.
Dodson posted to his Twitter account three times this morning at around 11:30 a.m.

The posts read:

- "Let me be the first to tell it!! So just got out of jail off a weak charge. LmaORoTfF!!!!!"

- "They better be glad I wasn't selling they crackhead ass parents rocks when I was pulled over!! Hahaha!!"


- "They so fucking stupid I had just got both cars!!! Why would I have a Benz and SUW with no insurance!!!! Dumb azzez! !Haha!!!"

This Dodson guy doesn't sound like the brightest fellow. That's probably why he got pulled over in the first place. I never like to hear about anybody getting busted for weed though. Be careful people!

Here's the original interview with Dodson followed by the 'Bed Intruder' song:

Friday, April 22, 2011

Ziggy Marley & Montel Williams Open 40th Annual NORML Conference in Denver -

Ziggy Marley & Montel Williams Open 40th Annual NORML Conference in Denver -

Presidental Candidate Gary Johnson on Marijuana Legalization and Other Issues

Yesterday former New Mexico governor announced his candidacy for President in 2012 and appeared on CNN to discuss his stances on a few issues. Johnson is well know for pushing for marijuana legalization in New Mexico and briefly discussed the topic of legalization in the CNN interview yesterday.
Johnson takes a very libertarian view on the issue saying that people should be allowed to smoke pot responsibly if they're not hurting anyone else.
   "It will never be legal to smoke pot, become impaired and get behind the wheel of a car or do harm to others, and it's never going to be legal for kids to smoke pot or to buy pot," Johnson said.
   Johnson also didn't back down from admitting his own past marijuana use, something I respect him for. It takes balls for a political candidate to put the truth out there like that, and Johnson should be commended.
   You can watch the full CNN interview Gary Johnson below:

Strain Review: Strawberry Cough

Overview: I absolutely love Strawberry Cough. It is truly among my favorite strains out there, and when I want to kick back and relax it's second to none. I'm mostly a sativa lover, but when the evening rolls around and I'm getting ready to hit the sack, I enjoy a nice indica too and well-grown Strawberry Cough is amongst the finest indicas I've tried. The flavor is very unique and when I find myself craving it, nothing else will do. I've also dried some samples of this strain that were quite obviously old and dried out and the smoking experience was so-so at best. Take the time to find some freshly clipped Strawberry Cough and you won't be disappointed. The sample I got from SDOC was fresh and delicious!

Purchased From: San Diego Organic Collective, Inc.

Looks:As you can see in the photo above, this sample of Strawberry Cough was one beautiful bud! The dark green nug had tons of rust red hairs growing all over it and had very good trichome coverage. 

Taste/Smell: Strawberry Cough has an odd smell. It has the earthy aromas typical of most indicas, but there's also something else that I haven't quite been able to put my finger on. The only way I can think of to describe it is that it smells kind of like a freshly-cleaned house. Windex? Pinesol? Pledge? I'm not exactly sure. It's very unique though.
   This strain has a taste unlike any other. I love the taste and as I said before, I often get cravings for it. Like the smell, Strawberry Cough has an earthy base but with bright, metallic overtones. The flavor will stay in your mouth long after taking hit and it will stay on your mind even longer. When I smoke Strawberry Cough, I get a very distinct metallic flavor in mouth sort of like the coppery taste of pennies, but others have told me that they don't get the same metallic taste, so maybe it's just me. Either way Strawberry Cough tastes great if you like earthy/dirty tasting buds.

Buzz: You'll know this is good stuff as soon as it hits your lungs and you start gasping for air. True to it's name, Strawberry Cough is massively expansive. Small hits are recommended for those with smaller lung capacity. Like most indicas, Strawberry Cough has a bit of a narcotic effect, tending to make you drowsy, lazy and lethargic, which is just what I look for in a good bedtime bud. I have to say though that the 'couch-lock' effects from this strain is not nearly as bad as some other indicas I've tried. I could smoke a few bowls of Strawberry Cough and function just fine.

Strain Review: Golden Kush

Overview: I got this nug of Golden Kush as a surprise 4/20 present and it didn’t fail to brighten up my day. This sample was organically grown in the Lake Tahoe area and if I had to pick one word to describe this strain, it would be ‘mellow’.

Looks: Golden Kush definitely lives up to it’s name. This nug was almost completely covered in golden hairs and gigantic crystals. I think it’s actually one of the prettiest buds I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a whole lot of weed!

Taste/Smell: Very mellow, very mild. I only had about a gram of this stuff, so I didn’t really get a great smell, but the taste was very delicate and soothing. A sweet smoke with the slightest hints of citrusy overtones. The taste was not too strong and a little hard to pin down, but it wasn’t too bad at all. Nothing to write home about though.

Buzz: Again, this stuff got me into a really mellow mood and I felt very creative, but the buzz wasn’t too strong at all. I think this would be a good strain for people with muscle pain because it instantly relaxed me and took all the tension out of every muscle in my body. A couple hours after smoking Golden Kush I was out like a light, so it might be good for insomnia too!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Video Recap of Stoner Holiday 4/20

Another 4/20 has come and gone and in it's wake it's left a ton of cool footage of celebrations from around the world!:

Attitudes on Marijuana Changing in New England?

   Web site Radio Boston released an article today on the relaxing of attitudes toward marijuana in New England. According to the article, the Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled on April 19, that the odor of marijuana alone is not enough to cause police to suspect criminal activity.
   Apparently the ruling was met with much revelry in Boston Common where people were smoking openly on 4/20. Since the passage of Ballot Question 2 in 2008, marijuana possession is treated as a civil infraction in Massachusetts, the same as a parking ticket.
   California enacted a similar measure this past November.
   These are real signs of progress on the issue of marijuana legalization. People are beginning to realize that marijuana is not the 'demon weed' that it was portrayed as for much of the last century. Yay for progress!

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Pro-marijuana Candidate Gary Johnson Announces Bid for White House

   The potheads may finally have their man. 
   Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson announced today that he will be running for the presidency in 2012. Johnson has libertarian views and may be best know for his efforts to fully legalize marijuana in New Mexico. He was also able to balance New Mexico's budget while also cutting taxes.
   I have a lot of hope for Johnson. He's one of the only politicians that I've seen that has the balls to actually tell the truth about marijuana and take a common sense approach to the issue.
   He probably doesn't have a real chance of winning the race, but maybe if enough of us tokers get together we can tip the scales in his favor and actually wind up with a president that would do some good for the country. What a novel idea. Good luck Mr. Johnson!

Read more about this story here.

UPDATE: Online Magazine Death & Taxes has a good piece on Johnson's announcement.

Los Angeles Medical Marijauan Dispensaries Sue Over City's Lottery Plan

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a group of Los Angeles medical marijuana dispensaries are suing to keep a city ordinance from taking effect that would close all but 100 of the dispensaries and use a lottery to choose who gets to stay open.
Dispensary owners say they are upset because they've followed all of the rules and still may face closure. I feel for them. I understand limiting the locations where dispensaries are allowed to operate (which should naturally limit the number of operations), but why put the cap at 100 dispensaries? Shouldn't market demand be allowed to determine which dispensaries stay open like it does for every other type of business? I think the L.A. city council needs to back off and let capitalism run it's course.
You can read the full article on the L.A. Times Web site here.

Tomato grower targeted in marijuana round-up

An Aerogarden using hydroponics and aeroponics.Image via Wikipedia
A man in Kansas who bought hydroponic equipment to grow tomatoes was raided by police because they thought he was growing pot. Stupid cops. I hope they get sued. Read all about it here.
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