• Marijuana Wax Fire led to Octogenarian Lady's Death

    March 26, 2015

    Sally Douglas, 85, became a victim of the misadventure of her 18-year-old grandson Dustin Zablocki and his friend Justin Pick (19), as she succumbed to her burn injuries in Minnesota. The incident occurred on November 22, 2014. But, the reason behind the fire and her death became clear yesterday. Dustin and Justin were cooking cannabis oil in the basement when their hotplate ignited butane gas.

    According to the investigators, the manufacturing process of butane hash oil (also known as Marijuana Wax), triggered the explosion and fire. The older woman was injured from smoke inhalation. She was pulled out by the rescuers, but died at the Hennepin County Medical Center two weeks later. Eyewitnesses said Dustin Zablocki was not aware what happened until the firefighters brought his grandmother out. He fell to his knees and cried, "I killed my grandma" when he came to know about it.

    Dustin Zablocki and Justin Pick, both residents of St. Cloud area, have been arrested. They are facing third degree murder charges. Bail for both defendants is set at $500,000 without conditions. The Department of Public Safety believes that the process of heating the concentrated marijuana oil to get butane hash oil or Wax could be dangerous if the vapors are inhaled.

    The percentage of THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana, in butane hash oil can be as high as 85 to 90 percent, which may pose health hazards and even become life threatening. The same happened in case of Sally, who died without knowing what happened.

  • Maine moving towards legalizing Recreational Marijuana

    March 24, 2015

    Maine, which legalized medical marijuana way back in 1999 with 61 percent approval from the residents, is moving ahead with the plan to allow recreational marijuana in the state. While 23 States in the U.S. have so far legalized medical marijuana, Colorado has approved the use of recreational marijuana in the state. In addition, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C. have expressed their desire to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

    Although two pro-marijuana groups in Maine have launched a massive campaign, asking residents to legalize recreational consumption in 2016, they stand divided and working independently to outwit each other. The Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), which played a key role in Colorado’s legalization efforts, has been actively involved in pro-marijuana campaign in Maine too.

    Paul McCarrier, president of Legalize Maine, is not happy about the steps being undertaken by Marijuana Policy Project, saying the people of Maine do not need a group from Washington, D.C., to dictate its terms. "We need what's best for us," he said. Although his group supports the legalization of marijuana, he does not want other groups to get involved in this initiative. But, MPP wants its proposal to go before the voters early next year.

    The proposals of Legalize Maine and Marijuana Policy Project differ on a key issue. Legalize Maine wants provisions that would allow growers to sell cannabis directly to consumers and create marijuana social clubs. But, Marijuana Policy Project does not have these provisions. Each petition would need over 61,000 signatures to secure a place on the 2016 ballot.

    Maine is among 19 American states that have decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana and does not have provisions to impose jail term on such users.

  • Nevada Lawmaker seeks Medical Marijuana for Pets

    March 18, 2015

    Democrat Tick Segerblom, a lawmaker from Nevada has proposed a bill in the state legislature, seeking medical marijuana for ailing pets. The proposed measure would allow owners get the drug for their pets with adequate permission from a Veterinarian, who may take the decision in worst circumstances if the animal has an illness that might be helped only by marijuana.

    The proposed bill also included provisions related to the use of medical marijuana among humans. New regulations for dispensaries and dropping charges against motorists found driving with pot, are the other features of the proposed bill.

    Nevada is one of the 23 states in the United States, which have legalized medical marijuana. The SB 372, proposed by Tick Segerblom, seeks medical marijuana for the pets only if the animal's owner is a Nevada resident. Segerblom justified his proposed bill, saying he got the feedback from many pet owners, who believe that such a bill would help their animals to a great extent.  

    "I have received calls from people who ask whether they can give pot to their pets or not if they have a medical marijuana card. Since the answer is NO, that makes them feel sad," said Segerblom. Since no others U.S. states have approved such a legislation, it would be interesting to learn whether Nevada can breach the rule book and united most lawmakers in favor of the legislation.

  • Barack Obama bats for Decriminalization of Marijua

    March 16, 2015

    US President Barack Obama, who has always admitted about his marijuana habits, has said an in interview that the divide between Republicans and Democrats on the subject of decriminalization of marijuana is narrowing. The interview, telecast by Vice News, showed Obama strongly batting for use of marijuana.

    The President said that it does not make sense to ban marijuana. He added that not only liberal Democrats but also some very conservative Republicans support the decriminalization of pot. The libertarian wing of the Republican Party are also favor of use of pot. He lamented the massive crackdown on non-violent drug offenders and talked about harassment of communities of color.

    According to Obama, the states are suffering huge losses because of the restrictions."So we may be able to make some progress on the decriminalization side," Obama said. "At a certain point if enough states end up decriminalizing, then Congress may then reschedule marijuana," said Barack Obama. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican, was one of the three lawmakers who moved a bill, seeking removal of federal prohibitions on medical marijuana. "We, as a society, are changing our opinions on restricting people's choices as far as medical treatments," he said.

    Apart from Paul, Democrats Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are part of the marijuana battle. Obama's statement would give tremendous boost to their campaign. The recent survey conducted by Gallup, has revealed that 51 per cent of Americans are in favor of legalization of marijuana. Nearly 10 years ago, around two-thirds of Americans were against it.

    Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 states and in Washington D.C. Voters in four states and Washington D.C. have approved marijuana for recreational use. But, pot still remains illegal at the federal level.

  • MFLB Magic Flight Launch Box on Sale $72.99 @ Massdrop

    March 12, 2015

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  • Lawmakers in Alaska amend Marijuana Crime Bill

    March 12, 2015

    Although the Senate Judiciary Committee in Alaska had drafted a bill that removed marijuana from the list of controlled substances, the newest version of 'SB 30' - the Marijuana Crime Bill reinstated pot as a controlled substance. some crimes could be prosecuted as felonie, as per the amendments.

    Judiciary committee member Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage slammed the move, saying the decision taken at the Senate Judiciary Committee, had gone through a real collaborative process and should not have been tweaked further.

    Senate Finance co-chair Anna MacKinnon, R-Eagle River downplayed Bill's criticism, saying the amendments were made after hearing the public testimony and people's decision must be respected. "This is the people’s bill and so I’m not sure how it was handled in Judiciary. ... We try to work with everybody," he said.

    The lawmakers have added a section that would give regulators some enforcement authority over marijuana businesses.

    The Amendments in Marijuana Crime Bill:

    * The new changes would allow emergency services personnel younger than 21 to enter a marijuana business if their services are needed there.
    * Marijuana would not be delivered to a person's home for sale.
    * Minors found guilty of marijuana crime, can be diverted to a community panel.
    * It would be a crime to possess pot 1 pound or more, possess 25 plants or more, or give marijuana to someone under 21 years old twice in five years.

  • Arizer Solo for Sale $119.99 at Massdrop

    March 08, 2015

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