From the useful, like making a bong out of an apple (okay, we admit, everyone knows how to do that), to the obscure reasons why The Man doesn’t want marijuana to be legalized, for real; learn everything you wanted to know, and more, about your favorite herb. 420 Things You Didn’t Know (or Remember) About Pot (AKA: Weed By I.M. Stoned) covers every canna-culture topic from consumption and cultivation to activism and pop culture. You know what’s cool, too? This book has 240 pages, that’s like, 420, but DIFFERENT; whoa, man.
Archive June 2011
Even though THC-abundant strains of marijuana are the most prevalent throughout North America, scientists have shown that the plant we have all come to love and respect has much more to offer than the oh-so familiar cannabinoid, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Strains with high levels of THC have dominated the market due to their strong euphoria-inducing effects, which is why most people are unfamiliar with the plethora of beneficial cannabinoids ripe with aptitude for medical application, too many to list in detail within this post.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is probably the most commonly known “secondary” cannabinoid among the active ingredients in marijuana, and has been heavily adopted for its medicinally therapeutic properties during the last couple years. CBD’s growing popularity due to its effectiveness has largely spurred public interest into the discovery and research of other cannabinoids ganja has to offer.
Cannabigerol (CBG) has been proven to provide relief from pain and depression with MORE effectiveness than tetrahydrocannabinol. CBG also differs from THC in that it does not interact with CB1 and CB2 receptors, but engages other receptors, such as the adrenoreceptors and serotonin receptors. It was first identified in 1964, but a high-yielding species was not cataloged until one was found in a French hemp field in the 1980s. Currently, the only known high-yielding strain rich in CBG resides in the greenhouses of GW Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturers of Sativex.
Don’t be fooled by the illusion of variety (medication wise, there is definitely a true variety in flavor) when your selection is plainly: indica, sativa, or hybrid, with options on potency. Stay apprised to where the medicinal marijuana industry is headed, and what it has to offer you as a patient, you may just find that the remedies other cannabinoids have to offer are a better fit for you than THC!
Since it’s acceptance in an emergency weekend session, Senate Bill 1014 has moved through the House this week as planned, after Connecticut law makers voted 90 to 57 in favor of the bill, which will decrease the penalties for possession of up to one-half ounce of cannabis from a misdemeanor punishable by jail time, to a non-criminal infraction, punishable by a fine.
Now that the bill has successfully moved through legislation, it will head to the desk of Governor Dannel P. Malloy to be signed into effect. Should the CT Governor pass the bill, it will make Connecticut the fourteenth state to remove criminal sanctions and arrests for minor possession of cannabis and opt for mostly non-criminal penalties.
You can stay apprised to the final status of Senate Bill 1014 at MyGov365, or of course, just check Potimus Prime for updates!
Riki Lindhome (Garfunkel) and Kate Micucci (Oates) sing a little ditty about the “perils” of obtaining medical marijuana in California. You can tell how much they’re suffering. I got a kick out of this video, and so should you. Check out more of Garfunkel and Oates if you do.
In today’s special session at Connecticut’s Capitol, the Connecticut Senate passed legislation (SB 1014) which will decriminalize the possession of smaller amounts of cannabis.
In hopes of pushing it to the House by next Wednesday’s adjournment, Senate Bill 1014 was modified by proponents for the bill recently to increase the fines incurred and removing medical cultivation from the decriminalized items after it received heat from other Senators concerned about the implications of increased usage in minors as well as marijuana cultivation.
The bill would make possession of less than half an ounce of marijuana punishable with a fine of $150 for a first offense and $200 to $500 for subsequent offenses. Anyone under 21 years old would face a 60-day driver’s license suspension.
The “so-called” war on drugs has failed and decriminalizing marijuana may help curb drug-related violence and heal broken social stigmata. At least, that’s what the consensus of several heralded former world leaders was on Wednesday.
“The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,” members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy recorded in a report which is scheduled to be officially presented to Ban Ki Moon in New York today; the 19-member commission includes former Brazilian president Fernando Cardoso, former Colombian president Cesar Gaviria, Mexico’s former president Ernesto Zedillo and the ex-UN chief Kofi Annan.
“Fifty years after the initiation of the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, and 40 years after President (Richard) Nixon launched the US government’s war on drugs, fundamental reforms in national and global drug control policies are urgently needed.”
The report acknowledges that “the global scale of illegal drug markets — largely controlled by organized crime — has grown dramatically” and urges those in authority toward swift, proactive measures that are proven to reduce crime and improve health “encourage experimentation by governments with models of legal regulation of drugs (especially cannabis) to undermine the power of organized crime and safeguard the health and security of their citizens” and in turn, promote social and economical development.
You can download a copy of the Global Commission on Drug Policy Report from their website, it’s available in both English and Spanish.