Michigan Opens First MMJ Clinic

December 5th, 2008 by Perry

Less than a month after Michigan approved MMJ, a clinic is already open in metropolitan Detroit.

The clinic will issue temporary identification cards until the state’s card program takes effect in April. Proposition 1 was approved by a 63-37 margin, but is likely to soon see opposition refocus efforts on a local level to ban dispensaries within city limits, as has happened in several other states.

The link leads to a video report by Fox 2 Detroit, check it out.

New England Tokers Told to Wait Until 2009

December 5th, 2008 by Perry

Just because marijuana has been decriminalized by the Nov. 4 election, does not mean people should light up in the streets of Boston just yet.

The new law was recently approved by the Governor’s Council in its certification of November’s results. However due to a 1972 state supreme court ruling, all laws take effect 30 days from certification, not the ballot.

The delay will also help law enforcement figure out how to address and police the new law.
Timothy Cruz, Plymouth County District Attorney, said an important distinction should also be made with the new legislation — it does not legalize marijuana — but decriminalizes it.

There are two significant differences. The first is that legalization currently only applies to medicinal users and under decriminalization everyone is treated the same. In Massachusetts, that means a $100 fine for less than an ounce. The second big difference being legalization allows for a legal supply (although the statutory efficacy of legalization in that respect is a work in progress).

As Cruz points out in the article:

Decriminalization is not legalization. Where are people going to get their marijuana? Not Tedeschi’s, they’re going to a drug dealer.

Cruz also said street dealers will probably have to adapt to the new legislation as well. He said the $100 fee is likely to be passed down to consumers as “a cost of doing business.” The article reports that ounces of marijuana are selling for as much as $600.

Medical Marijuana: Rowdy OG Kush

December 5th, 2008 by Alex

theFreshScent Summary Card

Name: Rowdy OG Kush

Type: Indica

1st Impression: No ‘wow’ factor, hope it’s a sleeper.

Pros: Solid high, solid taste.

Cons: No classic Kush characteristics.

Solid Chronic

Purchase Date: 11.29.08

Purchased from: HPRC

Price: $20/g and $55 /eighth

Final Verdict: Rowdy gets the job done but falls well short of other Kush strains.

Today we’re reviewing Rowdy OG Kush.

If you just follow naming conventions when picking up strains, you might figure anything x OG Kush = amazing bud. That’s what I was hoping too, but straight away it was obvious something was rotten in Denmark.

The first indicators were smell and looks. This is a really, really dark bud that felt unusually dry. Anyone who smokes Kush knows ‘that’ smell. It’s the aroma all of us love. Rowdy OG just didn’t have it… no distinct, pungent smell that says, “Hope you’ve got nothing planned buddy.”

It appears as though this batch wasn’t cured correctly. While smoking, it again lacked the classic Kush taste. Instead, you got a chlorophyl aftertaste, which isn’t a great sign. Rowdy still tastes solid, but not as scrumptious as it should have.

Highness on this is strain is also solid (catching the trend yet?), which helped contribute to the 7 rating. It starts in the shoulder area and radiates from there, lasting anywhere between 1.5 to 2 hours.

Let’s hope this was an off batch, which is highly likely. Next time Rowdy is spotted at any local dispensaries, let us know. We definitely want to do a follow-up on this bud and see if this Kush variant can redeem its name.

LEAP Speaks Out on Prohibition

December 5th, 2008 by Alex


On December 4th, 1933 the United States government put an end to prohibition – a failed experiment to curb one of America’s (and the world’s) base appetites. We are now seeing reflections of this movement in the present day war on drugs.

A group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which is made up of former law enforcement officials against the war on drugs, is using this anniversary to continue their lobbying on behalf of drug legalization.

In their efforts to get more direct conversation between constituents and federal / state lawmakers, LEAP has created an email form for people to easily contact your local elected officials.

One thing to point out is LEAP supports not just the legalization of marijuana, but also cocaine, heroine and other illegal drugs. It’s hard to find complete literature on their website about each drugs’ potential consequences (if legalized), but there is a provided study about today’s drug prohibition.

We all know this is a complex subject, but it’s even more interesting to see the increase in a push for legalization as a result of the downturn in America’s economy. If major shifts do happen, we will be looking back at this unexpected economic decline as one of the deciding factors.

Let’s finish off with a prescient quote by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., the famous industrialist. He said:

When Prohibition was introduced, I hoped that it would be widely supported by public opinion and the day would soon come when the evil effects of alcohol would be recognized. I have slowly and reluctantly come to believe that this has not been the result. Instead, drinking has generally increased; the speakeasy has replaced the saloon; a vast army of lawbreakers has appeared; many of our best citizens have openly ignored Prohibition; respect for the law has been greatly lessened; and crime has increased to a level never seen before.

Hmmm. Remind you of anything?

Tulare Sheriffs Win Marijuana Initiative Award

December 4th, 2008 by Perry

The Sheriff’s Department of Tulare County was commended by the capitol recently when it received the National Marijuana Initiative Award. The award is given annually for achievement in marijuana eradication.

Sheriff Bill Wittman is accepting on behalf of the county’s pilot program, Operation LOCCUST (Locating Organized Cannabis Cultivations Using Saturation Techniques), which is a plan to eliminate illegal marijuana cultivation on federal land.

The program was a coordinated effort by law enforcement agencies from 14 different states, which worked to clean up the land, remove irrigation systems in place and eradicate any plants found. The major focus has been on the Sequoia National Forest, but its success has made it a model for law enforcement looking to stop rogue growers across the U.S.

By the numbers… LOCCUST seized, arrested or eradicated:

  • 87 gardens and more than 527,000 plants
  • 50 suspects
  • 300 pounds of processed marijuana
  • 40 weapons
  • 33 miles of irrigation pipe
  • 1,800 pounds of fertilizer
  • 33 gallons of liquid chemicals
  • 22 pounds of pesticides
  • 50+ of the raided grow sites were reclaimed

Here are a few pics of the operation in … operation.

Filipino Government Sees Rise in ‘Narco-terrorism’

December 4th, 2008 by Perry

The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has taken control of illicit drug trade in the Philippines, according to Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) chair Vicente “Tito” Sotto III.

Sotto recently oversaw construction of a large drug rehabilitation center and program to help combat drug abuse on the island nation.

Sotto explained:

This is what we call narco-terrorism, where Moro rebels engage in illegal drug trade to fund their operations. This poses big danger especially to younger generations.

The operations, often hidden among cassava plantations, have become increasingly more difficult for local authorities to control as the group gains funding needed to carry on governmental attacks.

Narco-terrorism is nothing new. First coined in the early 1980s, prominent cocaine and heroin groups such as the Colombian-based FARC have been using the drug trade to finance attacks on Latin American countries.

Another funding tactic for violent groups such as these is kidnapping. Check out the movie Proof of Life if you want to see a (mainly) realistic portrayal of the link between violence and drugs in developing countries.

NBPA Voices Disapproval for New Drug Czar

December 4th, 2008 by Perry

Not due in office for at least another six weeks, President Obama’s cabinet decision has already triggered some preemptive signs of concern.

The National Black Police Association, and other nonprofit organizations, recently wrote a letter to Obama voicing concerns over news that Rep. James Ramstad (R-Minn.) would be Obama’s Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, commonly referred to as the “drug czar”.

The NBPA cited Ramstad’s past opposition to medical marijuana, needle exchange and sentencing reform for drug users as their main objections with the choice.

Excerpt from the letter:

While we applaud Representative Ramstad for his courageous and steady support for expanding drug treatment access and improving addiction awareness, and honor his own personal and very public triumph over addiction, we have strong reservations about his candidacy for the drug czar position.

While Ramstad is generally considered a “rank-and-file” Republican according to his voting history, he also has a record of bi-partisan effort, which may have been a factor in his nomination.

Obama has yet to publicly respond to the letter.

NYC Engages in Anti-Marijuana PR Campaign

December 4th, 2008 by Perry

Citing a recent study by the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, New York city officials have put together a campaign warning against the harmful effects of marijuana.

In total, the ‘health bulletin’ lists 20 separate dangers of marijuana use, including the 6 points talking about how much shit you’ll get into if caught in New York. They even spruce it up with the visual effect of some really bummed-out looking teenagers.

A few of the points listed by the campaign include:

  • Marijuana can cause or worsen depression and other illnesses.
  • Marijuana today can be a lot stronger than it was 30 years ago.
  • Marijuana may be cut/mixed with other drugs or substances without the buyers knowledge.

While some of these issues are legitimate, especially in underage users, there is an obvious correlation between the drug’s contraband status and why it is often found cut with other substances.

I also like how most points contain the words “can” or “may be,” instead of more definitive phrasing. This is best illustrated by the claims like, “Long-term use can cause lung damage,” which is still under dispute in academic and scientific circles.

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