For anyone still wondering if Medical Marijuana will be back on the ballot this election,
the answer is a resounding YES! The Florida Division of Elections has confirmed that United for
Care has turned in the 683,149 valid petitions to qualify for the ballot. With a petition drive
that began in the summer of 2015 and ended at the New Year, over 1 million people in Florida
signed a petition to put medical marijuana back on the ballot. Chair of United for Care, John
Morgan, was instrumental in providing the necessary funds to initiate the process while donors
big and small helped pushed to efforts to over the top. Between private contractors working as
paid petitioners and dedicated organizers working with thousands of volunteers state-wide,
people who care about this movement braved the elements day in and day out to get us here.
Thanks goes out to all who have had a hand in achieving this milestone, yet, there remains
much work to be done.
Now, the advocacy side of the campaign begins. Sixty percent of Florida voters need to
be convinced that medical marijuana is a necessity. Last election cycle was heartbreaking to
see the ballot amendment fall short by two percent. The Florida Legislature has had two
legislative sessions now to address the issue and the Department of Health has failed to get the
Florida CBD industry running due to a corrupt licensing process. All these factors will play into
this election cycle as to why people should VOTE YES on Amendment 2.
Of all the factors in this election cycle, the most pivotal will be the increased turnout
due to it being the year we elect a new President of the United States. With the race shaping
up to be one of the most historic, it remains to be seen if the increased turnout will drive
support or opposition votes. If you support Amendment 2, get active and get involved. Help
out United For Care, NORML, or any other advocacy group supporting efforts to see cannabis
reform a reality in Florida.
By Christopher Cano, CannaChronicle Staff Writer & Executive Director – Central Florida NORML
FACEBOOK/THE SISTERS OF THE VALLEY
Sister Kate and Sister Darcey have been growing cannabis for the last year, using the plant’s non-psychoactive ingredients to produce body salves and tonics. Their line of products is called “Sisters of the Valley” and is used by people all over the world.
Though the sisters aren’t part of any particular religious order, they will tell you that spirituality plays an important role in their business which is based in Merced, California.
But now their start-up is in jeopardy due to the fact that the Merced City Council has introduced and ordinance that will ban the sale and cultivation of medical marijuana within the city.
The sisters are fighting the ban.
At first they worked with marijuana dispensaries in the state, but few clinics seemed interested in their product’s medical value. Then they made the decision to refocus the business on CBD, the chemical in cannabis the treats many health issues but does not provide a high like THC.
The nuns wanted a business that would sustain their lives, give reverence to the plant and that wasn’t part of the stoner culture.
They use lunar cycles, ancient wisdom, prayer and ritual to make the medicine. There are videos on Youtube showing the sisters working to create their high CBD line of products.
They also sell salves, tinctures and oils on Etsy, which earns them about $10,000 – $12,000 per month. Part of their success is due to the fact that it’s legal to sell their products across state and country lines, since they contain less than 1% THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.
You can watch videos of their process on YouTube, where the sisters upload clips from their harvest and show exactly what kind of work goes into their high-CBD product line.
To learn more, check out this story at attn.com.
States that Legalize Cannabis see a big reduction in price. States where recreational marijuana use is legal also have cheaper prices. the price of an ounce ranges so widely from that someone who smokes an ounce a month can move from Tampa to Portland, Ore., and save enough money for a year’s worth of Xbox online to enhance the experience.
In four states where pot has been legalized or decriminalized–Washington, Oregon, Colorado and Alaska–the price of an ounce has fallen below $300, compared with the nationwide average of $324, according to TreePrice.com, a site where users can anonymously submit the cost of weed in their area purchased either from the black market or legally through a dispensary.
In Washington D.C., where marijuana became legal for recreational use in March but where commercial sale is still illegal, the price of an ounce of weed still costs $346.
It’s pretty obvious that legalization is squeezing out the black market, which is bad news for drug cartels and good news for law-enforcement who want to focus on violent crimes.
6 Signs She’s a Stoner
So you’ve met a nice girl or maybe she isn’t nice, that might have been a little too forward of me. Either way you’ve started noticing things that spark your stoner curiosity. Could this chick possibly be a stoner? It is in this day and age, at least in my part of town, hard to find someone that isn’t an occasional smoker; this isn’t pertaining to the girl that takes a puff over a bonfire while roasting a limited edition pumpkin flavored marshmallow. Instead we are looking for the kind of girls that have a library of glass. Her chill demeanor could be a possible insight to her pastimes, however, if you live in any place even similar to Portland Oregon, a hippie wardrobe and calm tone may not be enough. That’s why I have compiled a list of signs to keep an eye out for. Could she be the next the girl to split an edible with over a decadent meal of taco bell?
1. She smells less like Victoria’s Secret and more like Snoop Dog.
We girls are known for keeping a plethora of fragrances and perfumes that we douse ourselves in. If a girl truly smells like weed, she must be smoking a lot. You can figure it like a math problem; if we (spray ourselves with) take baths of Chanel No.5 about three times a day at least, for us to smell like weed we must be smoking more than three times a day. That there is a stinky, skunk, stoner.
2. She makes her big appetite clear
It’s not a stereotype that girls will eat less in front of a guy; especially on the first couple of dates. Personally I think it’s just because we get nervous and lose our appetite. Plus it’s really hard to talk to someone when you’re eating! You’re mouth is full of food! In contrast going out to eat with a stoner is always the opposite. Whether it’s a joint we already had rolled in our pocket or a keychain pipe, us stoner babes always find a way to sneak in a smoke before a meal. Because of that the food and the conversations never end: beware of flying munchies.
3. Her best friends are stoners
If you are wondering about a girl and whether or not she is a stoner, an occasional smoker, or even a hardcore non supporter look no further than her friends. The people we associate ourselves with can say a lot. Do we look like we are planning how to go to burning man next year or reading the 10 scriptures? Chances are if we all look like stoners, act like stoners, and smoke like stoners then we are probably a group of stoners and your instincts were correct. Celebrate by rolling up a grape swisher to smoke with your new bud.
4. She always has a lighter with her but doesn’t smoke cigarettes
This one is pretty self explanatory; do you often see her with a lighter but never seen her with a pack of cigarettes? She has to be lighting something…
5. Burn marks on her lighter or nails
There are small stoner babe qualities to look for. Such as her nails. Do you see any burn marks on them? It can be a lot easier to see if the cloud 9 chick paints her nails and you see the black of many bowls being put out on the tip of her fingernail. If you can’t tell if her nails are burnt then look at one of those lights she always has; is the corner burnt as if it had been in the war field of a stoners grasps?
If all else fails you can always tell her you made some special brownies. Any stoner is going to look at you in a questioning stance for about 5 minutes trying to figure out if special was stoner lingo or actual English.
- She’s Captain Chill
Just to throw one obvious personality trait into the mix, stoner girls are usually pretty chill and laid back. This doesn’t mean we are full fledged hippies and you should break out the peace signs and tie dye. Nor does it mean that you can forget her birthday and her weed stache will make it all better. This can, however, mean that you’ll see things roll off our backs easily. Trivial things don’t seem so important when you’re high. We also can be a lot more low maintenance. To hell with flowers, bring us a nug and watch us swoon.
South Dakota’s Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe made an announcement that it was suspending operations on its marijuana resort set to open on New Year’s Eve and that it had burned its pot crop. The tribe stated that it was seeking “clarification” from the Justice Department to ensure “the continued success of the marijuana venture.”
This move comes as at least three other Indian tribes that have embarked on marijuana operations after the Justice Department apparently gave them the go ahead last year, have been raided by the DEA, a Justice Department agency. It’s no wonder that Indian tribes seem to be nervous about what the federal stance really is.
The state’s Republican establishment and law enforcement swiftly and heatedly opposed the Flandreau pot operation. That opposition has caused many to get reacquainted with one of the country’s most bizarre state marijuana laws in existence, South Dakota’s “internal possession” law.
In a nutshell, a person can legally ingest marijuana in another state, enter South Dakota and be charged for having marijuana in his or her system.
State Attorney General Marty Jackley warned—twice—when the tribe announced its plans in June, “South Dakota law prohibits the internal and physical possession, distribution, and manufacture of marijuana by: (1) all non-Indian persons anywhere in South Dakota including within Indian country; (2) all persons, including tribal members, outside of Indian Country.”
They’re not kidding. Under a state law passed in 2001 and upheld by the state Supreme Court in 2004, a person can be arrested, tried and convicted for having marijuana in their system, even if it was ingested in another state or country (or Indian reservation).
Here is the law:
22-42-15. Ingesting substance, except alcoholic beverages, for the purpose of becoming intoxicated as misdemeanor–Venue for violation. Any person who intentionally ingests, inhales, or otherwise takes into the body any substance, except alcoholic beverages as defined in § 35-1-1, for purposes of becoming intoxicated, unless such substance is prescribed by a practitioner of the medical arts lawfully practicing within the scope of the practitioner’s practice, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The venue for a violation of this section exists in either the jurisdiction in which the substance was ingested, inhaled, or otherwise taken into the body or the jurisdiction in which the substance was detected in the body of the accused.
A Class 1 misdemeanor in South Dakota is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $2,000 fine, the same penalty as simple pot possession.
To learn more, check out this article at alternate.org.
How does pot affect the video gamer’s brain?
According to Jagger Gravning, based on an informal study he conducted with a group of friends, the results may be surprising.
Among the games chosen for the experiment were: Super Hexagon, Tetris DS and Pac-Man Championship Edition CX+.
Scores were tallied while sober and then after becoming stoned from an Indica strain called “God Bud.”
In most instances, the scores were just as good, and in most examples, better, while the participants were high.
Check out the full article here at motherboard.vice.com.
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The victorious Liberal Party in Canada may soon move toward a huge shift in drug policy: marijuana legalization.
The policy was a big part of their campaign: “We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana. Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug.”
If Canada legalizes marijuana, it would set a precedent for other developed nations. Four states in the US and Washington, DC, have legalized pot, but it’s still illegal at the federal level. Uruguay is the only other country to fully legalize marijuana.
A couple of countries, the Netherlands and Spain, have loosened the reigns on their marijuana laws, but none in the developed world have outright legalized it.
If Canada were to legalize marijuana, it could have a ripple effect across the entire international system of drug policy. Not only because drug policy is connected to the individual laws of each country, but because it is also connected to a web of treaties that essentially make the war on drugs a multinational effort.
Legalizing marijuana would put Canada in the high profile position of rejecting these treaties. This would in turn send an important signal of the changing times as the international agreements come under a critical review in a special 2016 session of the United Nations.
To learn more, check out this article at vox.com.