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May 14 2010

Epic Daze Cannabis Cup

epic_daze.jpgThe first annual HIGH TIMES MEDICAL CANNABIS CUP in San Francisco will include prizes for the best and most medicinal cannabis, hashish and edibles from California's legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Lead by HIGH TIMES cultivation reporter Jorge Cervantes, a small panel of expert judges will award MEDICAL CANNABIS CUPS based on the medical efficacy of the submitted varieties, and will provide notes on the winners designed to help California's estimated 150,000 legal medical marijuana patients make well-informed decisions when seeking cannabis medicine.

HIGH TIMES first annual MEDICAL CANNABIS CUP will also feature a two-day medical marijuana and hemp expo that will include cultivation seminars with HIGH TIMES editors Jorge Cervantes, Danny Danko and Nico Escondido, activism sessions with leaders of the medical marijuana movement and major cannabis celebrities, seminars on how to open and operate your own legal canna-business, an all-star MEDICAL CANNABIS CUP awards ceremony, and an unforgettable Saturday night party with surprise musical guests.

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April 21 2010

American Marijuana-Thon

Weed Flag PatchWow it feels like we've reached the tipping point! The marijuana debate has taken over the mainstream media as evidenced by CNBC hosting an entire day of discussions, interviews and segments about marijuana in America, they even advertised it as the "Marijuana-Thon" as though the producers themselves were smoking some green-crack when they planned the schedule. Plus they developed a web section on their website called Marijuana & Money which features over 40 articles, analysis and commentary of the most interesting, honest and useful information imaginable. CNBC even included a State by State comprehensive guide to marijuana laws, enforcement statistics, medical marijuana programs and costs. Then if that's not enough to answer any question and share some truth they added several color photo galleries which include eye candy smoking gear and exquisite cannabis porn.


  • Marijuana In America - A look at how marijuana figures into the history and culture of the nation.

  • Marijuana: By The Numbers - Pot use and laws vary widely from state to state. Here are some highlights.

  • Top Marijuana Travel Destinations - Some places have turned a blind eye to personal use, encouraging travelers from around the globe to visit, with commentary by Danny Danko from High Times

  • Tools of the Trade - Marijuana users experience the drug in a variety of ways, and various products exist to facilitate consumption.

  • A Gallery of Medical Marijuana - With medical use legal 14 states, there's quite an assortment of varieties available.

Big Kudos to CNBC. In the Editors introduction, Albert Bozzo, Senior Features Editor at CNBC.com explains why they launched this incredible website and dedicated so much time and resources to the topic of Marijuana in America, here's a tiny excerpt to whet your whistle:

Money, Ideology, Policy

Slowly over the past four decades, the drug has worked its way into the nation's social fabric. Baby boomers and counter-culture types of the past are now leaders, movers and shakers, who want to see marijuana over the counter.
Check out Marijuana and Money on CNBC.com

April 17 2010

Aspen Cannabis Crown

Aspen Cannabis CrownFor the ultimate cannabis connoisseurs, if there's anywhere on the continental USA you'd want to be this weekend it would be Aspen Colorado, for the First Annual Aspen Cannabis Crown.

April 17-18, Gant Hotel, Aspen Co.
610 S. West End, Aspen, CO 81611
P: 970-925-5000 or 866-956-6317

Guest speakers will include Rick Cusick of HIgh Times Magazine and Anita Thompson wife of Hunter S. Thompson also on hand will be plenty of medical doctors including Aspen local physician Wendy Zaharko. The cannabis crown will be a competition among Medicinal Marijuana care-givers in the state of Colorado.

Winners will receive tickets to this years Amsterdam Cannabis Cup

More information can be found here,

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March 30 2010

Liberty Bell Temple

liberty_bell_temple.jpgThere's a place on Hollywood Boulevard founded by the marijuana activist Ed Forchain, also known as the NJ Weedman, or "Superhero to the Pot Heads" (according to the book "Public Enemy #420"), the place is called "Liberty Bell Temple," member of the United Cannabis Ministries and a licensed Medicinal Marijuana dispensary, where they host a "Healing Hour" everyday at 4:20 PM. From what I understand, there's a remarkable mural painted on the side of the building, plus the NJ Weedman can often be spotted driving around in a van called the "Weed Mobile" also painted with a cool mural. There's so much more to this story that I highly recommend visiting the site Liberty Bell Temple.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says the government cannot make laws "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion. Many people use marijuana as a religious sacrament, and forcing them not to use marijuana clearly prohibits the free exercise of their religion. In order to comply with the First Amendment, our laws should allow for the religious use of marijuana.

...... it creates no impediment to the free exercise of their faith in their homes, their houses of worship, or other non-federal locations. - (Forchion Vs USA)

Dr. Lester Grinspoon

potrecon.jpgDr. Lester Grinspoon may very well be the most influential marijuana activist of all time. If there were an award for achievement in changing the way people think about smoking marijuana Dr. Grinspoon would win hands down. During his more than 4 decades of honest intellectual contributions and recommendation for re-thinking the use of cannabis and the laws related to marijuana Dr. Grinspoon founded the Harvard Mental Health Letter, and was its editor for fifteen years, which among other qualifications, put him in a better position than any contemporary American physician to tell the truth about drugs.

Dr. Grinspoon is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author or co-author of over 160 journal articles, including his 1995 commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled "Marihuana as Medicine: A Plea for Reconsideration." His first book, Marihuana Reconsidered, originally published in 1971 by Harvard University Press, was recently republished as a classic. His latest book, Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine, co-authored with James B. Bakalar, was published by Yale University Press in 1993 (revised and expanded edition, 1997) and has now been translated into ten languages. Dr. Grinspoon was also a reviewer of the 1999 Institute of Medicine report, "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base."

Dr. Grinspoon appeared in the Canadian documentary The Union: The Business of Behind Getting High ~ Also, he has two very good websites that I recommend, plus that you visit and join his Facebook Fan Page.

Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine - Dr. Grinspoon's official website
Uses of Marijuana - A website about the potential of medical cannabis

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February 24 2010

Liberty Bell Temple

liberty_bell_temple.jpgThere's a place on Hollywood Boulevard founded by the marijuana activist Ed Forchain, also known as the NJ Weedman, or "Superhero to the Pot Heads" (according to the book "Public Enemy #420"), the place is called "Liberty Bell Temple," member of the United Cannabis Ministries and a licensed Medicinal Marijuana dispensary, where they host a "Healing Hour" everyday at 4:20 PM. From what I understand, there's a remarkable mural painted on the side of the building, plus the NJ Weedman can often be spotted driving around in a van called the "Weed Mobile" also painted with a cool mural. There's so much more to this story that I highly recommend visiting the site Liberty Bell Temple.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says the government cannot make laws "prohibiting the free exercise" of religion. Many people use marijuana as a religious sacrament, and forcing them not to use marijuana clearly prohibits the free exercise of their religion. In order to comply with the First Amendment, our laws should allow for the religious use of marijuana.

...... it creates no impediment to the free exercise of their faith in their homes, their houses of worship, or other non-federal locations. - (Forchion Vs USA)

February 11 2010

Dr. Lester Grinspoon

potrecon.jpgDr. Lester Grinspoon may very well be the most influential marijuana activist of all time. If there were an award for achievement in changing the way people think about smoking marijuana Dr. Grinspoon would win hands down. During his more than 4 decades of honest intellectual contributions and recommendation for re-thinking the use of cannabis and the laws related to marijuana Dr. Grinspoon founded the Harvard Mental Health Letter, and was its editor for fifteen years, which among other qualifications, put him in a better position than any contemporary American physician to tell the truth about drugs.

Dr. Grinspoon is Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the author or co-author of over 160 journal articles, including his 1995 commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association entitled "Marihuana as Medicine: A Plea for Reconsideration." His first book, Marihuana Reconsidered, originally published in 1971 by Harvard University Press, was recently republished as a classic. His latest book, Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine, co-authored with James B. Bakalar, was published by Yale University Press in 1993 (revised and expanded edition, 1997) and has now been translated into ten languages. Dr. Grinspoon was also a reviewer of the 1999 Institute of Medicine report, "Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base."

Dr. Grinspoon appeared in the Canadian documentary The Union: The Business of Behind Getting High ~ Also, he has two very good websites that I recommend, plus that you visit and join his Facebook Fan Page.

Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine - Dr. Grinspoon's official website
Uses of Marijuana - A website about the potential of medical cannabis

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January 23 2010

Daily Buds Community

dailybuds.jpgRecently I joined the Daily Buds Community online and have been really impressed with the activity that's happened since I got started. I'm very stoked to meet so many interesting people from a broad spectrum of the Cannabis Culture, many of whom are experts in the Canna Biz, as growers, medical marijuana dispensary owners, managers, doctors and patients etc... Two things we all share in common 1) we all love the love ganja 2) we all want legal marijuana. It's very encouraging to be a part of the Daily Buds Community, to meet and communicate with so many cool people in the 4:20 army. Please Join Us!

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January 21 2010

Rick Simpson

rick_simpson.jpgHe's a 'healer not a dealer' - is the slogan now being associated with the Canadian Marijuana Activist Rick Simpson after he won the "Freedom Fighter of the Year" award at the High Times Cannabis Cup, last November in Amsterdam. Rick has quite a story to tell and it doesn't bode well for Canadian authorities, as it gains more momentum every day, and since the moral to the story, which RCMP and Canadian government officials have tried to suppress, is that Hemp extract Oil (we call Hash Oil, or Honey Oil), made from high-grade strains of cannabis, cures cancer. Surprise, surprise! There's enough people to back-up what Rick is saying to make an inquiring mind wonder - could it be true? can THC cure cancer?

High Times Magazine Steve Hager is a person in a position to know the difference between truth and sensational bollocks, especially when the topic is medicinal marijuana related. There is an excellent article on High Times website called Rick Simpson's Hemp Oil Medicine and according to an interview by the Urban Grower (see: YouTube video) we'll be seeing more support from Steve Hager and High Times Magazine and possibly a movie to illuminate the truth about the Rick Simpson story.

The good folks from Greenhouse Seeds sponsored Rick's trip to the Cup in Amsterdam, which indicates two interesting issues to consider, first; The StrainHunters have made a life of researching cannabis, Ok for a different purpose than healing cancer but the point is that Arjan and Franco are not likely to be duped by smoke and mirrors, these guys know the power of the plant. Secondly; Rick Simpson is not rich enough to be able to afford his own travel to the Dam and now his exile from Canada, since as it turns out his house was again raided and the RCMP are seeking him for questioning. The point here is that if he were able to grow enough high-grade weed to produce honey-oil to help a bunch of people recover from life-threatening illnesses, and if he were motivated by capital gain (ie. Money) then he'd certainly have enough cash to travel in style to Europe. Maybe Rick Simpson is telling the truth because someone had to?

We are at the dawn of new age in medicine and a new day for mankind. Not only can hemp save the world, it can eliminate a great deal of human suffering and can even put an end to starvation. What are we waiting for? Join with me and let us put an end to this madness. It can only survive if we continue to sit on our backsides and do nothing. Stand up and be counted and let us give ourselves a chance to heal. ~ Rick Simpson

Over 500,000 people have viewed his You Tube video called Run From the Cure and every day the traffic is growing to the Rick Simpson website called Phoenix Tears

January 13 2010

Jesus of Cannabis

Jesus_potleaf_heart.jpgJesus and his apostles were reputed to have used a Holy oil for healing and enlightenment. The Bible makes no direct mention of marijuana, so for anyone to assert that Jesus smoked it is making assumptions, although there were mild types of marijuana in Palestine at that time so it is possible.

The Bible does however make references to the "new wine" and sacred herbs which some have considered to be a reference to marijuana. The original Hebrew recipe for this oil, found in Exodus 30:23 contains references to a plant known as "keneh bosem", and a number of researchers have identified this with cannabis. The most compelling research for Jesus being an advocate of Cannabis was by Chris Bennett and first published in High Times on February 10th, 2010

Chris Bennett said cannabis was widely used at the time to heal the sick.

"The medical use of cannabis during that time is supported by archaeological records."
He said the ancient anointing oil contained high levels of cannabis extract.
"The holy anointing oil, as described in the original Hebrew version of the recipe in Exodus, contained over six pounds of keneh-bosum - a substance identified by respected etymology, linguists anthropologists, botanists and other researchers as cannabis extracted into about six quarts of olive oil along with a variety of other fragrant herbs".
"The ancient anointed ones were literally drenched in this potent mixture."
Miracles
Mr Bennett suggested the drug may have played a role in some healing miracles carried out by Jesus and his disciples. Read the report here.
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January 05 2010

Medical Marijuana Bootcamp

medical-marijuana-bootcamp.pngAs if Weedmaps and Nugporn wasn't enough, on the first day of this new year those clever (and crazy) folks from the Marijuana News Network launched another new website: Medical Marijuana Bootcamp.

Tang the creator of WeedMaps.com (medical marijuana dispensary finder website) is the brainchild of this new killer project. As (one) of the owners of WeedMaps, he's in a unique position to speak about the medical marijuana business in general, especially in California, because the site is a meeting place for both patients and collectives and Tang is on first-name basis with many of them, plus has an understanding of the cannabis strains that they purvey, which goes way beyond expert.

To not be outdone on the intake and creative output of Tang, a seasoned nug expert was needed, so the dev team recruited the expertise of Chubbs, the founder and connoisseur/weed critic extraordinaire of MarijuanaReviews.com as well as NUGGETRY SD, the premier cannabis collective located in east San Diego. Chubbs has been actively involved in the marijuana movement since 1989, when he started to;experiment with hydroponics. He started the NUGGETRY delivery service based out of Orange County, CA in June of 2009 and became an overnight success.

What's cool about Medical Marijuana Bootcamp is that unlike their earlier projects the primary form of media is video via YouTube and it's light-hearted but serious content about the medicinal cannabis strains and the cannabis collectives of California. These videos are not just a couple of stoners quaffing back huge bong hits, although they do, and then mumbling the first random thoughts to the top of their minds, this content is coherent and interesting. The episodes are fairly improv, so their not scripted, they do have meaning and you will gain value in watching. I'm very impressed with this effort and give the Tang and Chubbs to enthusiastic bongs up!

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January 02 2010

Michigan Caregivers Cup

weed_trophy.jpgOne of the great byproducts of the movement to legalize medical marijuana is the immergence of independent cannabis cup "type" marijuana growing contests. Who could have ever imagined a fancy hotel ballroom filled with weed connoisseurs and the proud growers that supply the medical marijuana dispensaries all showing off their hybrid strains of designer dope? This is a great time to be a pot-head.

Last September Colorado Caregivers had there first contest and now it's the Michigan Caregivers Cup. It's too late to enter, deadline was Dec. 18th for submission of forms with payment of $100 and proof of Caregivers license, for the privilege of providing two and half ounces of your best bud, to be judged by a panel of 140 judges. However, it's not too late to become a judge and that's the job at this event but take note that there's only 100 judge's passes available at $250 each, so make sure to take action today if you want to participate in the first annual Michigan Care Givers Cup.

The conference, exposition, concerts, and main event are being held to raise political and social awareness of the necessity of structure within the law. The funds generated from this event will be utilized in order to compete with those that will continue to view those of us in the medical marijuana field as criminals. Get more information here.

December 17 2009

Marijuana Policy Project Party

mpp-celebrate.jpgWhat a cool schmooze! There couldn't be a better cause, just consider that MPP.org (Marijuana Policy Project) has been involved in political process, through ballot initiatives, to legalize medical marijuana in 13 states and now MPP expect are touting '15 States in 15 Years' as they celebrate their 15th Anniversary. So if your harvest has been bumper and you've got some extra cash in your stash and want to rub shoulders and blow reefer in the nations capital with the movers and shakers of legal movement to free the weed, then get yourself a seat at the table for the MPP Gala Awards.

When MPP was founded in 1995, medical marijuana was illegal in all 50 states.  Since then, 13 states have legalized medical marijuana, with Michigan becoming the 13th state in November 2008, when Michigan voters passed MPP's ballot initiative by a 63% to 37% margin.  By end of MPP's 15th year in 2010, we're hopeful that medical marijuana will be legal in 15 states (with passage in New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey).

At the same time, marijuana possession is now decriminalized in 13 states, with Massachusetts becoming the 13th state in November 2008, when Massachusetts voters passed MPP's ballot initiative by a 65% to 35% margin.  In 2010, we are hopeful that marijuana will be decriminalized in 15 states (with Rhode Island and Vermont becoming the 14th and 15th states).

MPP Gala Dinner - January 13, 2010 in Washington
Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dinner from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m.
$250 per ticket or $2,000 for a table of 10

If you purchase a table, you will be given choice seating closest to the stage.
The party will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
For more information and to buy tickets click here

The MPP 10th anniversary gala in Washington, D.C. was such a success that it was featured in the San Francisco Chronicle (you can read the article here).  They're expecting this event to be bigger and better than ever, so please buy your tickets right away!

November 23 2009

Medical Marijuana

medical_marijuana.jpgSo much has been said and written about the Pros and Cons of Medical Marijuana by people from all walks of life and strata of society, it just doesn't seem to matter, we're going to suffer the consequence of the reefer madness brain-washing for years to come. However, on the scientific side of the argument "should marijuana be legal for medical use" tomorrow a 56 year old stockbroker from Florida, named Irvin Rosenfeld (see: No Dope: Ft. Lauderdale Man to Smoke 115,000th Joint) will add his record to the case studies by being the first person on record to have smoked 115,000 reefers while in a Federal Drug Administration's Investigational New Drug Program. Not only are there no signs of negative health issues or work performance in the case of Rosenfeld but he provides yet another powerful testimonial of the benefits derived from this plant.

The medical marijuana that Rosenfeld is supplied by Uncle Sam comes from the University of Mississippi Weed Farm, the only federally approved farm in the United States. Mahmoud A. ElSohly, PhD, whom we once wrote about in this blog, is a Research Professor at the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Mississippi, stated the following in a Dec. 19, 2005 interview with the Journal of the International Hemp Association:

"Cannabis as a smoked product, in my judgment, would not be a useful product simply because of the lack of standardization, the fact that it's a smoked material: you can't determine the dose, people smoke in different ways, plus the interaction of the many different components and degradation products, and the tars associated with smoked materials. So smoking is not a good delivery system.

However, cannabis as a plant that is rich in chemical components, would have potential for producing useful drugs, for example THC. Now THC in the oral preparation, it doesn't seem to be doing the good job it should or was expected to. My personal view on the reason for this is the 'first-pass effect.' The material taken orally goes through the liver and is converted to the 11-hydroxy metabolite, which is 4-5 times more potent in terms of psychoactivity, before getting into the bloodstream, and the profile of these two drugs is quite different."

Not sure if I completely agree with the good Doctor since some people may have placebo effects from smoking their medicine but this brings up a good argument for just legalizing marijuana because obviously no-one has, can, or will, be hurt from smoking weed, so let's get cracking on the research. Also, let's separate the medical marijuana debate from recreational ganja and begin two distinctly different dialogs. Legalize both!

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