Posts Tagged ‘Marijuana’

Don't Pass Go, Don't Take Your Medicine!

When I went down to Bakersfield, California recently and asked my friends and family about the Pot culture there, it came as NO surprise to me that all of the clubs that had been opened over the last one or two years were already being targeted and shut down.  Seeing that Bakersfield is the most conservative county in all of California (check resources here) is the main reason this comes as no surprise.  As such, people who have been given the opportunity to use marijuana by their doctor will have to resort to going back to the grind of waiting on someone to pull through a deal and make them feel like drug addicts; doing something illegally that they feel they should have a right to do normally.

Now, I’m reading articles about the FEDS coming after the rest of the state pot clubs.  Dispensaries in San Diego and San Francisco have at this point, began receiving notices from major attorneys representing the United States explaining that the clubs have 45 days to close shop before they come through.

‘In an escalation of the ongoing conflict between the U.S. government and the nation’s burgeoning medical marijuana industry, at least 16 pot shops or their landlords received letters this week stating they are violating federal drug laws, even though medical marijuana is legal in California. The state’s four U.S. attorneys were scheduled Friday to announce a broader coordinated crackdown… They state that federal law “takes precedence over state law and applies regardless of the particular uses for which a dispensary is selling and distributing marijuana.”‘

Wow, so states can’t decide for themselves if it’s citizens should be able to smoke marijuana or grow marijuana for medicine?  How many more news features do we need to see about how good pot is for patients, for the economy, and for jobs growth?  Just alone in California, allowing pot clubs to stay open and thriving will help on these fronts.  Patients would be able to get the medicine that they have been prescribed by their doctor, who has obviously (hopefully) done research or read about the research of how much better it is as a natural drug over man-made pills.  It’s funny that we live in an age where these man-made prescription pills are legally accepted and endorsed by the same politicians (and doctors) who receive money for endorsing them.  I can’t believe the hypocrisy.

And now here comes Federal agents knocking down the door of my local pot club here in San Francisco sometime in the near future.  I wonder if it will ever come to pass at all, or if the federal government is just playing bullshit.  I guarantee that Californian’s will not stand by and let it happen… we almost passed a law last year to allow anyone over 21 to smoke marijuana when they want in the comfort of their own home… it is not going to swing the other way anytime soon, and ESPECIALLY not from some broken down federal government who hasn’t been getting laid at home and is coming over to our bed to try to get laid, but it’s rape I tell you!!! It’s rape!!!!

By: Darryn James

Example of new cigarette packs in the U.S.

Example of new cigarette packs in the U.S.

 

About two weeks ago, I got really sick.  There are many reasons that I can list here as to how I could have gotten sick… but after going through the list, I felt that it was pretty pitiful, and decided to just say I got fucking sick.

So, my main things were coughing and runny nose.  And my body just rejected me every time I tried to smoke a cigarette.  Of course, I shouldn’t be smoking while on my death bed, but sometimes you just can’t help it when you were smoking as many as I was a day.  Each time I would light up, it would just be a straight 10 minutes of coughing.  I vowed during the end of my sickness to back the fuck off of smoking and figure out something else to do with my time.

Today, I’m smoking about 2-4 cigarettes a day, depending on how much I’m craving them/when they are available.  I’m getting a lot of support from my roommates, and I know it’s only got to be good to quit smoking anyway.  I just really like it… :-/ haha

And now, this new campaign comes out from the Federal Government to post pictures of dead and extremely disgusting smoking effects on cigarette packs… is pretty awesome.  I have a coworker who showed me a pack of cigarettes from another country, and they already had these pictures on there… I was pretty frightened, and it was a little fucked up, but hey… I think that’s what non-smokers think of me when I light up right next to their child.  Trust when I say, I’ve only done this in extreme circumstances, and by child I mean my cousins dog’s new liter… which was weird… I know.

So this is a good thing right?

The proposed requirements, characterized as the biggest change in tobacco health warnings in 25 years, include “nine new larger and more noticeable textual warning statements and color graphic images depicting the negative health consequences of smoking,” the release stated.”

Jesus, the biggest change in 25 years?  We must LOVE our smoking!

“Today, FDA takes a crucial step toward reducing the tremendous toll of illness and death caused by tobacco use by proposing to dramatically change how cigarette packages and advertising look in this country,” FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said.

“When the rule takes effect, the health consequences of smoking will be obvious every time someone picks up a pack of cigarettes. … This is a concrete example of how FDA’s new responsibilities for tobacco product regulation can benefit the public’s health.”

Mathew L. Myers, the president of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, called the proposed changes “the most significant change in U.S. cigarette warnings since they were first required in 1965.”

Wow, I wonder what the tobacco companies are gonna do?  With so much money invested in certain politicians, furthering their cause.  If no drastic changes have been made since 1965, how big are these giant tobacco companies and who did they fuck to get such swell treatment?

But David Howard, a spokesman for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., said the legality of requiring larger, graphic warnings on cigarette packages was already the subject of a lawsuit filed by the maker of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes.

The suit alleges that the warnings violate the company’s First Amendment rights of commercial, free speech, Howard told CNN in a telephone interview. “Seizing half of our packaging, devaluing our trademarks, we’re challenging that,” he said.

I’m glad that you have your ducks in a row Howard.  Congratufuckinglations… weren’t you on ‘Thank You For Smoking’?… oh no, that was some other douchebag that gets paid to give people the opportunity to end another 6 minutes of their unfortunate lives… at least every time I go to smoke a cigarette, I’ll get to look at a reminder of the effects and will hopefully be influenced to just set the fucking pack down – back away from the fucking pack… dead people on it… people killed by Voldemort… and then I will run, run far away.

 

citing an article listed here: http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/10/cigarette.warnings/index.html?hpt=Sbin

 

my heaven.

Even though just a little more than half of the California voters voted against Prop 19, Oakland will resume its plan of taking marijuana out of the ‘taboo’ market.

In it’s City Council meeting, Oakland officials have decided to ratify the application process of these soon to be government-sanctioned ‘amazing’ pot farms.  In the same measure, Oakland is also allowing for a doubling in medical marijuana despensaries.

Even though the sale of medical marijuana is authorized by state and local regulations, pot farming has largely operated in the shadows. Oakland wants to change that, and is planning to do so on a grand scale.”

Some of the changes that they are making to the application process is that it requires applicants to undergo farming licenses requirements, background checks, and that they have the money to do what they are doing (financially backed).

The city is hoping that these changes will help in the organization of dealing with a city where pot farms are allowed.  🙂


(11-08) 21:23 PST Burbank, Calif. (AP) —

I'll be back!... to smoke a j

The Hollywood actor-turned-governor signed a law five weeks ago that made possession of up to an ounce of marijuana the equivalent of a traffic ticket. It carries a penalty of no more than a $100 fine and no arrest or criminal record.

He defended the law Monday, telling Jay Leno on NBC‘s “Tonight Show” it is a good idea.

According to a transcript of the interview, Schwarzenegger says: “No one cares if you smoke a joint or not.”

On Election Day, voters rejected an initiative that would have allowed adults age 21 and older to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana.

The governor, who is wrapping up his final term, told Leno the ballot proposal went too far.

IIA Says:  Damn Straight!

WOW, what a great video!  Great job guys!  I personally know the people behind this video, and know that everything they have said is true.  THINK ABOUT IT!  If everyone that wants to smoke is already smoking, then why aren’t we taxing it?

I totally get that it might be against what you believe  – but you’ll have to get used to the idea that pot is around to stay – and come to terms with it – BECAUSE IT IS ALREADY PRESENT EVERYWHERE!  Vote YES ON PROP 19!

Computer generated image from Gropech Inc. Plans for future Industrial Farms

Oakland allows industrial-scale marijuana farms

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

(07-20) 23:40 PDT OAKLAND — Oakland’s City Council late Tuesday adopted regulations permitting industrial-scale marijuana farms, a plan that some small farmers argued would squeeze them out of the industry they helped to build.

To address concerns from smaller farmers, the council pledged to create regulations on regulating small- and medium-size marijuana farms this year. Council members and proponents of marijuana cultivation regulation viewed the proposal as smart public policy: It would generate revenue, ensure that fire and building codes are enforced, keep neighborhoods safe from robberies, and further position Oakland as the center of the state’s cannabis economy.

“It’s really important for Oakland to be a vital part of that growth and development for licensed facilities,” said Councilwoman Rebecca Kaplan.

But many of the folks on the front lines of the young industry say it will change the culture of what they’ve built.

They say industrial farms will turn a grassroots economy into a corporate one, driving down costs but also eroding the quality of the marijuana, which state voters defined in 1996 as medicine.

The most influential critic was Steve DeAngelo, owner of Oakland’s Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the nation.

His dispensary buys from some 500 different growers, meaning Harborside offers about 100 varieties at any time. Permitting only industrial operations would reduce variety, he said.

“Government should not choose the winners and losers but create a level playing field,” he said. “Some people might prefer mass production, assembly-line cannabis that costs less. Others might prefer cannabis grown by a master gardener in a smaller plot.

“Let the market sort it out,” he said.

The regulations will award permits to four indoor marijuana farms. There will be no size limit, but there have been proposals for farms as large as 100,000 square feet – about the size of two football fields.

DeAngelo said he would prefer farms of various sizes.

The regulations will require applicants to have a minimum of $3 million worth of insurance, hire security and pay a $211,000 annual permit fee.

The city will be begin to issue permits in January and will allow the industrial farms to sell only to medical cannabis dispensaries.

But if state voters pass Prop. 19, a November initiative that would legalize recreational use of marijuana, proponents believe the city would be well situated for the booming industry.

By regulating certain growers, Oakland also plans to crack down on illegal grows, said Arturo Sanchez, an assistant to the city administrator.

His comments immediately prompted hissing and booing in the crowd.

Oakland has long been pushing the boundaries of marijuana legalization.

In 2004, voters passed Measure Z, declaring marijuana a low concern for law enforcement. In 2009, voters passed Measure F to tax medical cannabis at 1.8 percent.

The taxation, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, was a step toward legalization.

E-mail Matthai Kuruvila at mkuruvila@sfchronicle.com.

This article appeared on page C – 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle

FIRST OF ALL:  GO OAKLAND!  I know that there are going to be all sorts of unplanned reprocutions for this, but wow.
So, as I go into my thoughts on this, please know that I am just expressing my feelings on the subject, and that if you are interested in anything that I mention, you can contact me at my personal e-mail address at Hogwartshighinquisitor@gmail.com.
All right, to begin, this is a great measure for the culture of marijuana.  I know that there are some huge concerns out there, the biggest being, “What happens to the smaller growers/sellers?”  Without going into that specific topic with too much detail, the legislation is apparently being written to include regulation to benefit the smaller businesses.  But think about what this is going to do for the American/worldly culture of marijuana?  This is going to be such a big deal, and California is on the ballot currently to allow the legal sale and distribution of marijuana with Prop 19 this November.
This is not to mention the fact that there will be hundreds of thousands of jobs created by the California government, and private companies looking to expand in the industry, just by allowing it to happen.  Adults over the age of 21 will be able to buy from an approved seller, and will be enjoying/relaxing the rest of their night or weekend after probably being overworked and underpaid from their jobs.
I think the biggest problem here is that people just need to get over themselves.  If you are against this, then chances are you probably haven’t smoked due to your personal lifestyle choices, which is great!  However, I should be able to LEGALLY make my own damn decision about this, as the last time I checked, I am an independent adult, over the necessary age to make any other legal decision about what to put in my body (hmmm, will it be chemical shampoo and conditioner that will stay in my hair most likely for the rest of my life, or maybe even more intoxicating/horrible for your body alcohol.
If you have any thoughts about this, please share…
Best,
Darryn