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Strain: Afgoo Access Point: Greenthumb Silverdale (Silverdale, WA) Price: $9/gram [Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]
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Strain: Afgoo
Access Point: Greenthumb Silverdale (Silverdale, WA)
Price: $9/gram
[Steve Elliott ~alapoet~]

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DEA Wants More Than 30x the Amount of Research Marijuana It Originally Requested

(Hemp News)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on May 5 said it needs hundreds of pounds of marijuana for research this year, more than 30 times the amount of cannabis it originally ordered for 2014.

The DEA accordingly adjusted its annual production quota of marijuana for the U.S. government, which is grown on The University of Mississippi’s campus at Oxford, reports Pete Kasperowicz at The Blaze.

Ole Miss pot is used exclusively by the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to conduct research on marijuana, but don’t expect any studies on the medicinal benefits of cannabis. The NIDA, by definition, refuses to fund any studies looking for medical uses, but instead will only authorize studies which look for the harms of marijuana.

 

Some Washington Marijuana Entrepreneurs Who Didn’t Win License Plan Lawsuits

(Hemp News)

Some entrepreneurs who spent months and thousands of dollars on their dream of opening a retail cannabis shop are very disappointed that they didn’t get a license in Washington state’s marijuana lottery. Some of them are so disappointed, in fact, that they plan to sue.

Ryan Kunkel and Joel Berman, owners of the Have A Heart chain of medical cannabis dispensaries, with seven locations in the Puget Sound area, applied for recreational marijuana retail licenses in Seattle, Ocean Shores and Snohomish County, reports Valerie Bauman at Puget Sound Business Journal. The men said they have invested more than $250,000 already in their effort to open recreational marijuana stores.

Kunkel and Berman plan to file a lawsuit against the Liquor Control Board this week; they are unhappy with the method the LCB used for its license lottery. They argue the Board allowed people to game the system by applying multiple times for the same location, effectively giving themselves more chances to win a license.

 

Spain: Basque City Votes To License And Regulate Private Marijuana Clubs

(Hemp News)

The Spanish city of San Sebastian, also called Donostia in the Basque region of Spain, has voted to license and regulate — and thus legalize — private marijuana clubs.

The city plans to pioneer the opening and operation of legal cannabis clubs for both therapeutic and recreational purposes, reports Beatriz C. Alonso Velazquez at Noticias de Gipuzkoa.

The legislation, first approved in March by the local governing board, on April 30 received the first plenary ratification without any dissenting vote. After a period of arguments, it will pass the House after which the law will come into force.

 

Florida Student Not Allowed To Publish Medical Marijuana Story In High School Newspaper

(Hemp News)

Medical marijuana will be on the ballot this November in Florida — but a high school student in Lakeland is fighting for permission to report on that story after being told it couldn’t appear in the school newspaper.

Abbey Laine, 18, was denied permission to publish an article about Amendment 2, the medical marijuana ballot question that would appear in the Lakeland High School Bagpipe, reports WTSP 10 News.

“The story that I was pitching to write about was a neutral, non-biased, breaking news story on medical marijuana,” said Laine. But her teacher shot the idea down. “(They said) it would be inappropriate and unacceptable,” she said, reports Jorge Estevez at WFTV.

 

Uruguay Will Issue Government-Approved Clones; Non-Government Marijuana Still Illegal

(Hemp News)

Uruguay President Jose Mujica said on Friday that his country’s system of marijuana legalization — which will allow only government-approved strains, and under which all other cannabis will still be illegal — will be better than Colorado’s, whose cannabis law he called “fiction” and “hypocrisy.”

President Mujica seems a little confused about the law in Colorado, complaining that many people fake illnesses to get medical marijuana; he seems to be conflating 2012’s recreational legalization vote with 2000’s medical marijuana referendum which was approved by voters. He said the licensed and regulated market in Uruguay will be “much less permissive” with marijuana users than in Colorado’s system, reports Leonardo Haberkorn of The Associated Press.

Mujica, a former leftist guerrilla kown as “the poorest president in the world,” predicted that many will call him an “old reactionary” once they see the strict marijuana rules.

 

Texas Man Faces 5 Years To Life In Prison For Making Marijuana Brownies

(Hemp News)

A Texas man could get five years to life in prison for making marijuana brownies and cookies.

Jacob Lavoro of Round Rock is accused of making and selling the pot-infused treats; if convicted he could get a longer term than many murderers in Lone Star State prisons, reports WGME.

Since Lavoro’s recipe included hash-oil infused coconut oil in addition to marijuana, the longer sentences kick in, according to Jamie Spencer, legal counsel for the Texas chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

 

Army Veteran Wants To Give Away Marijuana To Others Who Have Served

(Hemp News)

A Vietnam-era Army veteran wants to give away marijuana to others who have served in the military. It’s a simple matter, the way Roger Martin sees it.

“True patriots support cannabis for heroes,” he said, reports CBS Denver.

Martin, 61, said he’s on a mission to help veterans in Colorado — and by helping them, he means giving them free cannabis. “To help them be in a position where they can lessen the drug use they’re taking and hopefully live a more productive life,” he said.

 

Toke Signals Must Read of the Week

Book Gives An Insider’s View Of World’s Biggest Hippie Commune

(Hemp News)

Melvyn Stiriss and baby Jordan at The Farm, early 1970s
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Melvyn Stiriss and baby Jordan at The Farm, early 1970s

The Hippie. Emerging from the ruins of the Beat Generation, the Hippie had a brief shining moment at the apex of the popular imagination, encapsulating both the highest hopes and darkest fears of the post-Kennedy world.

That archetype of societal rebellion, of consciousness expansion, and of generational schism has outlasted the era from which it sprang, and has become an essential part of the American mythos. But behind the archetypes and beyond the myths was a real social phenomenon, a game-changing explosion of art and music and awareness that changed American society and the world forever.

In 1970, hundreds of hippies followed guru Stephen Gaskin on a journey from San Francisco to the hills of Summertown, Tennessee, where they founded on May 10, 1971, an archetypal commune known as The Farm. Within this self-sustaining society based on non-violence, vegetarianism and respect for the Earth, members willingly took a vow of poverty, lived in converted buses, grew their own food and home-delivered babies.

Communal living was one of the purest expressions of hippie culture, and The Farm became the biggest, longest-lived, and most successful hippie commune of them all. To outsiders, The Farm could be a mysterious place, and of course that means people projected hopes and fears onto the commune, the same way they did onto the hippie culture at large.

For the first 40 years after its founding, there was no real inside look at the early days of The Farm. Stiriss’ excellent — nay, indispensable – Voluntary Peasants series is nicely filling that gap, at last.

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