Apr 212016
 

Canada was the first country to legalize medical marijuana in 2001. Meanwhile fifteen years after total medical marijuana legalization in Canada; efforts in America have only succeeded in bringing legal medical cannabis to about half the states (twenty-four to be exact). The country even attempted to completely decriminalize the plant across the board in 2003, and again in 2004, but both bills failed. Even though it never got officially decriminalized, in certain parts of Canada particularly BC (British Columbia) public cannabis use is very commonplace. Estimates put BC’s marijuana industry at about $6 billion dollars annually, providing roughly 40% of all of Canadas marijuana. A study in 2004 by the University of Victoria showed that about 53% of British Columbians at the time had admitted to trying cannabis at least once. A semi-recent poll in 2012 showed that 61% of British Columbians were for marijuana legalization, compared to about 53% in the rest of Canada.

The Liberal Party of Canada is the oldest federal political party in Canada. It was the main political party for the majority of the 20th century, holding power for 68 years. Longer than any other party in any other developed country. However in the early 21st century the party lost large amounts of support for various political reasons. In the 2011 federal election, the party had the least amount of support ever recorded, getting only 19% of the popular vote. This demoted the liberals to the third-place party in the house of commons for the first time ever in history. Now under relatively recently elected prime minister Justin Trudeau, The Liberal Party of Canada has regained the majority vote in the house of commons. The party secured almost 40% of the popular vote and 184 seats in the house of commons (comprised of currently 338 members of parliament).

Now with their newfound power, the Liberal Party of Canada intends to legalize recreational cannabis! The announcement came to many a pleased stoner who had gathered outside Parliament Hill for the annual marijuana celebration on 4/20/. “We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals,” Canada’s Health Minister Jane Philpott said in her prepared speech. Although Canada’s government claims that announcing the planned legislation to legalize recreational marijuana on 4/20 was a coincidence; everyone knows it’s bull ! In-depth specifics on the level of legalization, meaning how much will you be able to possess/grow/etc. have not been released yet. The new legislation is said to be introduced by early spring, 2017.

As Canada looks to legalize recreational marijuana, more and more developers look towards handheld marijuana breathalyzers. Researchers in Canada themselves being those (among others) who are making steady progress towards attaining said goal. Mina Hoorfar a University of British Columbia engineering professor is one among many who claim to have created a handheld ganja breathalyzer. Her design can be manufactured for about $15, and can even be linked via Bluetooth to your phone so you can personally monitor your THC levels.

Godspeed Canada, godspeed.

 

 

Apr 212016
 

Medicine Mans online dispensary is open for business! You may not have heard of him, but he has been a reputable medical marijuana seller for quite some time. For years, Medicine Man has been supplying medical cannabis to those who need it, and I am personally a ‘patient’ of his. Paid for anonymously with the cryptocurrency bitcoin, always top quality strains shipped straight to your door. You may be wondering how it’s possible, and so have many others. The key to ordering marijuana online is to do everything safely and anonymously. If the proper security measures have been taken, you subject yourself to even less risk than buying marijuana in person.

Depending on the physical transaction, you may or may not have to meet your dealer somewhere. Then you have to make an exchange of money for an illegal substance and proceed to drive home. There are so many instances and situations where you can get busted when making drug deals in person.

However, when ordering cannabis online you can do it completely anonymously. There are two options when it comes to being anonymous on the internet. You can download, install, and browse the web using the Tor project web browser. If you plan on using the Tor browser, there is no need to get a VPN as the program hides your IP address automatically.

Vacuum sealed smell proof marijuana

The other option is to get what’s called a VPN or virtual private network. Every internet connection has an IP address. So let’s say you go home and connect to your home wifi, with a few clicks of your mouse you could easily find out what your IP address is. Said address is directly linked to your physical location and can be tracked by other people. Once you have a fully functioning VPN installed, your computer will communicate with the VPN server. This will mask your IP address completely, making it look to other sites like you are actually browsing the web from whatever location the server is set to. So if anyone was trying to track you, they will think you’re in California (example location) instead of your comfy cabin in Maine. There are many paid as well as free VPN’s available online which you can use depending on your needs. Most free VPN’s will serve the purpose of allowing you to anonymously browse the web.

The second step towards safely buying marijuana online is ensuring that any personal information you give is completely encrypted. When submitting an order form on a site that sells marijuana, it is important to make sure to keep information like your name and address encrypted. This way only the sender and the receiver will be able to read the information sent. This will deny any possible information fishers access to it. So when sending sensitive information, either ensure whatever service you are using has automatic encryption. Or you can use your own personal PGP key. Once you have both a public and private PGP key, you then need the public PGP key of the person you are trying to send an encrypted message to. Visit this website, insert the person’s public key along with the message you wish to encrypt. Then send them the ‘encrypted message’ which should be a long string of letters and numbers. The receiver then visits this web page, inserts their private PGP key along with the encrypted message. Voila ! Sending and receiving your first completely encrypted message is that easy.

The third step towards buying marijuana online is the currency which you use. The standard for most online drug transactions is bitcoin. If this is the first you are hearing about the subject, bitcoin is the world’s most popular and completely anonymous digital currency. I could make a bitcoin wallet, and have someone send me $1,000,000 in bitcoin completely anonymously. It would just be a string of numbers and letters that make up your wallet identifier, along with a password. No names attached whatsoever ! Almost everyone who is buying and selling illegal substances is doing it with the aid of bitcoin. If you are planning on purchasing marijuana online, acquiring some bitcoin is a must; you can’t simply give them your credit card info. But it is that easy to buy bitcoin itself, as many online bitcoin exchanges do accept credit cards. When you look at Medicine Mans accepted forms of payment, he does outline instructions on how to buy bitcoin with money orders/wire transfers/bank deposits/reloadit debit refill cards and things of that nature.

Next in this increasingly long list of steps is plausible deniability ! This is what gives most people the confidence to actually buy marijuana online. Essentially in this situation what plausible deniability means, is the ability to deny the fact that you had any idea whatsoever what was in the package you are planning on receiving. The absolute worst case scenario when buying drugs online would be if law enforcement agents found out what was in your package and decided to do some sort of sting operation. But the beauty of plausible deniability is that at any time you can simply say you had no idea what the package contained.

The number one rule here is NEVER sign for a package that contains an illegal substance. Once you sign for said package you legally acknowledge the fact that you were planning on receiving one, after all why would you sign for a package that you didn’t order? If you could go to jail for getting drugs in the mail, then people with vendettas could simply mail someone drugs and then drop the dime on them.

And of course, last but not least you need a website or vendor to buy off of. There is a myriad of darknet/black markets on the tor project that you can find links to with a quick google. Although many black markets have gained reputations for periodically going down, or scamming their customer/client base. As most of the said black markets require you to make an account, and then move your bitcoin into a separate wallet hosted on the black markets site to make a purchase.

There are a few different services which claim to sell marijuana on the normal web. I personally haven’t tested or tried any service besides https://medicineman.is/ so I can’t attest to any other sites reliability. But I can say that Medicine Man has provided me and my friends with quality marijuana for years. His order form is automatically encrypted, and I have always felt safe ordering from him. Packages get shipped multiple days a week without delay.

If you’re looking for a solid hassle-free way to get some bud, give him a shot. And if you don’t trust his service, he offers a very cheap minimal risk one gram trial. Give it a shot!

Apr 182016
 

Cannabis is officially listed as a schedule one drug by the United States Controlled Substances Act. The Controlled Substances Act also created the DEA as well as the FDA, both of which determine which substances are either added or removed from certain schedules. While there are a few requirements for a substance to be landed on the list of schedule one drugs, there is one that stands out particularly. “The drug or other substance has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.” At the time that the United States Controlled Substances Act was passed and signed into effect in 1970 by President Richard Nixon the use of medical cannabis was not widely accepted. Between the years of 1973 and 1978, eleven states decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana. However, it wasn’t until 1996 that the trend-setting state of California passed proposition 215 legalizing medical marijuana for hundreds of thousands of people.

Despite the DEA’s gross classification of medical marijuana, many states have legalized it. From 1996 to present 24 states have legalized medical cannabis, the most recent state being Pennsylvania in April of 2016. Some of the states that have legalized medical marijuana have very strict specifications on who can obtain it, but it’s still a good step in the right direction. Even though said states often require a patient to have a terminal illness to acquire medical marijuana, it can be used for many minor ailments as well. This brings me to my main point, what exactly is medical cannabis good for?

The 420 cure is excellent for nausea. This is one of the reasons why it is prescribed for patients with terminal illnesses like cancer, who often times have to undergo treatments which induce nausea. Many prefer treating nausea with marijuana because unlike most medicines it can be inhaled. Whereas almost all anti-nausea medicines are taken in pill form, which can then be thrown up. But regardless of their condition, if you feel like you are going to puke, maybe it’s time to roll up a joint.

Surprisingly medical marijuana can actually be good for those suffering from asthma. The last thing most people would think to do during an asthma attack is smoke, but it can be quite beneficial. In a study published early 2014, French researchers discovered that THC can prevent muscle contractions by signaling a molecule called acetylcholine. Said molecule maintains the muscle tone of the airways, and can contribute to contractions during asthma attacks. For those with asthma who don’t want to carry a pipe with them everywhere, I would highly recommend getting a discrete portable vaporizer.

Inflammation is a natural and at times necessary bodily response. However in the cases of many people with autoimmune diseases inflammation can cause damage to what were once healthy cells. Medical marijuana especially strains with high percentages of CBD (cannabidiol) have but shown to effectively reduce joint and other types of inflammation. Due to cannabis’s anti-inflammatory properties,  people with Crohn’s disease often use it as a treatment. But you don’t have to have Crohn’s disease to benefit from the plant, it can help with almost all types of inflammation. In addition to reducing the inflammation itself, it can also reduce pain in the inflamed area(s).

Roughly one out of three people have at least mild Insomnia, and it can come in many forms. From not being able to sleep, to waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep, to just sleeping poorly. Marijuana has been known to make people tired, as well as relaxed. More specifically Indica strains of the marijuana plant give you a heavier, mellow high. As opposed to Sativa’s which give you more of a head high and can at times even prevent you from sleeping. For those who don’t want to smoke, ganja edibles are also an excellent insomnia remedy.

Medical marijuana can also help treat

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Pain
  • Neurological problems
  • PTSD
  • Dementia
  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Stress
  • Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Anxiety
  • Nightmares
    Uses for the 420 cure go on and on.

 

 

Apr 162016
 

April 13th, 2016 was a happy day for many a Pennsylvanian. The states house of representatives voted to approve the new medical marijuana bill at a 149-46 vote. The 80 page bill is currently sitting on the desk of democratic Governor Tom Wolf, who seemed quite pleased that the bill had passed. “I am proud and excited to sign this bill that will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment.” Gov Wolf stated on Wednesday. He followed by saying he would sign the bill into effect Sunday the 17th. Much to the relief of many parents (among others who will benefit from medical marijuana) who had been campaigning for medical legalization for months. Many of said parents have children with various terminal and possibly lethal conditions, including autism, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy. “Every day we roll the dice on our child’s or our loved one’s life,” said Brann, whose 5-year-old son, Garrett, is diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy known as Dravet syndrome. Hopefully Garrett and others in his situation will now be able to get the help they need.

Unfortunately it might be close to two years before Pennsylvania sets up their own production and distribution network for medical marijuana. Luckily patients trying to acquire medical marijuana won’t have to go without medicine until then. A provision in the bill states that medical patients can actually purchase marijuana from some of Pennsylvania’s neighboring states that have medical dispensaries. Although you can’t actually buy medical marijuana in Pennsylvania just yet, you will still have to get your Pennsylvania medical marijuana card if you want to purchase marijuana from dispensaries in other states. Any doctor will soon be able to prescribe medical marijuana for patients after taking a short four hour course educating them on the subject.

While medical marijuana is soon to be legal in Pennsylvania, many beg the question is it actually legal? The answer is both yes and no. The newly passed medical marijuana bill legalizes only certain forms of marijuana. These forms include pills, oil, topical salve, and in some cases a liquid form that can be vaporized. Dried herb itself as well as marijuana edibles still remain illegal even for medical marijuana patients. In addition to the limitations on what forms of marijuana medical patients can ingest; there are also heavy limitations on who can even become a medical patient to begin with. Only those suffering from the following 17 conditions will be eligible to receive a medical marijuana prescription. HIV/AIDS, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, damage to the nervous tissue of the spinal cord, epilepsy, inflammatory bowel disease, neuropathies, Huntington’s disease, Crohn’s disease, post-traumatic stress disorder, intractable seizures, glaucoma, sickle cell anemia, autism, neuropathic pain, and severe chronic or intractable pain in which conventional therapies, including prescription opiates, are ineffective.

While there are still many limitations surrounding medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, it is still a big step in the right direction. Just as Pennsylvania is soon to be the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana, Ohio may follow as the 25th ! In Columbus, OH, state lawmakers will be meeting Tuesday, April 19th 2016, to discuss and revise house bill 523. If passed the bill would legalize a medical marijuana program in the state.

Jan 282016
 


Marijuana isn’t for everyone, and that’s fine. But for the large sum of people that generally do want to smoke pot, sometimes it can be a challenge to figure out how. In this guide I’m going to outline the various methods of ingesting and inhaling cannabis, give tips on how to get it, as well as provide general tips for when smoking with other people.

 

The first step in smoking marijuana is of course, obtaining it. Obviously the most common way of getting some marijuana is finding someone to buy it from. This can be a bit tricky at times, if you don’t know anyone who sells try asking your friends. Depending on what state you live in your state might have legalized medical marijuana. Often times there are listings on craigslist posted by medical grower’s/suppliers who want to sell to people with medical cards. Try contacting these suppliers, Most of the time they turn you away when they find out you don’t have a card, but you can always get lucky. If you’re friends or craigslist doesn’t work out you can always try the go around ask people method. Just go to a populated area, like a park or a busy street, look for people who seem like they would smoke and ask them if they know where you can get some.

 

Of course some of these methods do seem a bit sketchy, but this brings me to my second point. https://medicineman.is/ Is an excellent site to go through when looking for bud. I have personally ordered off medicine man and it is usually pretty high quality. Ordered it using MM’s encrypted ordering form and paid for it using an anonymous currency called bitcoin. They let me know when my order had been processed and shipped, I had the bud in my mailbox in about a week. If you are a bit apprehensive about the site, just get $10 worth of bitcoin and order the one gram trial (for new customers). Very minimal risk considering you are only putting up $10 for the potential of getting a solid connection.

 

When you have your bud sitting on your desk or table ready to be smoked, there’s another thing to consider before lighting up. What are you going to smoke out of? Sure there’s the old tried and true can or apple, give it a google and theres plenty of tutorials on how to make apple pipes. (Personally if I was ever that desperate for a pipe I would usually just make a bowl out of a potato.) But as you smoke more a potato just doesn’t do it for you. There are pipes, papers, water pipes, bubblers, chillums, bongs, glass joints, oil rigs, vaporizers, the list goes on !

What you smoke out of can be a reflection of how much you smoke. If you don’t smoke a lot just head down to your local head shop and grab a one hitter or chillum to smoke out of. They don’t pack much but still get the job done. There isn’t alway a head or smoke shop right in your area, but luckily plenty of them ship. If you are living with people who you don’t want to know you smoke, make sure to look into the smoke shops shipping.
Often times they can send your new pipe in discrete packaging. I always prefer filtering my smoke through water, makes for a smoother hit. In the end it’s all personal preference, the only real way to find out what you like smoking out of the best is to try them all !

 

Once you have your bowl packed and ready to go the decision next is what to use to light it. While the most common way to smoke is by using a lighter, there is another option that some stoners prefer. It’s called hemp wick, essentially it’s the hemp plant processed and made into a small thin rope, then dipped in beeswax. You light the hemp wick with a lighter, then bring the flame from the wick and to the bowl. The idea is that you don’t have to breath in the butane from a lighter while taking a hit. Some people think it makes no difference, some people swear by them. If you ever see it around pick up a bit of wick, it never hurts to give it a try.

 

Now of course we have arrived at smoking etiquette. Often times in your life you may find that you are about to blaze up with friends, or perhaps someone you just met. It is crucial in my opinion to maintain good smoking etiquette during these encounters. I’ll give you all the dirty tips and tricks of being polite while smoking !

  • Hit the bowl or joint once, and then pass it. Don’t hit the pipe multiple times while the guy next to you is waiting for his turn.
  • No massive hits. Sometimes i’ll smoke with someone, and I can just tell they are trying to take the biggest hit they possibly can. This is pretty rude and greedy in my book. Take a look around at the size of other peoples hits and take roughly the size they are. If everyone takes about the same size hits then everyone gets the same amount.
  • No bogarting. It’s easy to get caught up with a conversation, but it’s even easier to pass the bowl along.
  • Corner it. If there’s still green left, angle your flame so that you only burn part of it. This leaves green left for the next person.
  • No slobbering. Often times an inexperienced smoker will get their saliva all over the mouthpiece of the bowl. It’s okay so long as you wipe it off after.
  • Thank you! If someone is smoking you out, don’t forget to say thanks.
  • If you are hanging out with someone, and you both have weed. Offer to share the load and each pack half a bowl, or one bowl each. This way more the one person is supplying the bud.
  • Be fair and generous. If you pack multiple bowls, instead of sparking every single one of them; pass one off to your friend for them to light.
  • Lastly, do unto others as you would do unto yourself ! Sharing is caring.

Try out these tips when smoking with friends, they might catch on and start to emulate your actions.

Jan 192016
 
  • Marijuana Seeds

The first step in growing marijuana is of course obtaining seeds. There are multitudes of different types of seeds and strains. Some are better for growing indoors, some are better for outdoors, do some research on what type of seeds are best for the type of grow you are planning on doing. Getting seeds can be relatively easy, give it a quick google and there will be plenty of online vendors that supply them.

There are a few things to keep in mind and do for optimum security when ordering seeds online. Check to make sure that the vendor you are obtaining the seeds from ships their packages discretely. If you are going to be paying for the seeds with your personal credit card make sure the vendors state that they destroy payment information immediately after payment has been confirmed. It is however recommended that you go down to your local department store or pharmacy and buy a prepaid visa card to buy the seeds with. If the site asks for an email, don’t use your personal email, create a new email and use that.

When creating the new email to use with the purchase (and when actually placing the order on any cannabis seed supply site) make sure to have a proxy running. Downloading and running a proxy/vpn is relatively easy, try this one for example https://openvpn.net/ it’s open source software that will hide your ip address. Download, install, run, and connect to one of the ‘virtual private networks’ listed, if you need more instruction on how to do this there are multitudes of tutorials online.

Generally the worst thing that will happen when ordering seeds online, is that they won’t show up. Someone got wise to what you were ordering and grabbed them, or law enforcement found out what was inside the package and confiscate them. However the worst possible scenario that will happen when ordering is the mailman will come to your door and ask you to sign for the package. NEVER sign for any package that has contraband in it, this implies that you knew what you ordered and are implying that you accept responsibility for the package. If someone does try to get you to sign for your package, simply decline and say you didn’t order it, this leaves you with plausible deniability. Also always order using your real name and address.

 

Once you have obtained marijuana seeds there are a variety of items you will need to have to successfully grow cannabis.

  • Mylar

When you growing marijuana using artificial light you are going to want to waste the least amount possible. Some people use tinfoil but this is not nearly as effective as using Mylar or Foylon. Both of these materials reflect large amounts of light. So when setting up your grow room make sure to put up one of these materials that reflect light over the walls, floors and ceilings. This will optimize the amount of light your plants get, as well as recycle light that wouldn’t be used.

  • Timers

It is crucial to use timers when growing bud. Basically you set up a timer so that it is synchronized with your light system. By using a timer you will artificially create a sleep/wake cycle that all plants on earth are used to. There are two different types of light cycles that will do different things to your plants. By growing indoors you dictate what light cycles your plants are on, triggering either the vegetative growth cycle, or the flowering cycle. After the seeds have germinated you want to keep your plants on the vegetative growth cycle until they are about twelve to twenty inches tall. The vegetative growth cycle is generally eighteen hours of light vs six hours of darkness. Once your plants have reached the desired height, change your timer to a steady twelve/twelve hours of light/dark. This will tell your plants that it is time to flower.

  •  Ventilation and temperature control

Keeping your grow room ventilated is key to a successful grow. Seeing as how your room is going to be for the most part completely sealed, inside your grow room there is going to be an excess of oxygen. Your plants need other chemicals in the air to survive. Set up exhaust and intake fans to fix this problem. One important step to growing is keeping the area outside your grow room odorless. Make sure to install a carbon filter on your exhaust fan to completely filter out any smells from the air exiting your room. The carbon filter will completely neutralize any smells that would otherwise stink up the area.

In addition to an exhaust fan you will have to set up an intake fan that brings new air into your room. This air will naturally have the chemicals needed for your plants to survive. When setting up your fans make sure they are as small as possible, or set up a rig to make sure minimal light enters your grow room. Having light hit your plants even for a couple of minutes during the time when it is supposed to be dark can completely destroy the cycles you have been trying to get your plants to fall into. Another aspect to your grow room that is a necessity is temperature control, an air control unit will need to be installed in your grow room. Make sure it is reliable and can keep your room between 72-76 degrees fahrenheit. Get a hygrometer that will measure the temperature in your grow room to make sure the temp is consistent. Having your plants in a room with unregulated temperature can cause them to either die, produce a very small yield, or no yield at all.

  • Soil and fertilizer

Having both high quality soil and fertilizer are very important to a successful grow. These are the things that your plants eat, and live off of (besides water). For soil you are definitely going to want to get the highest quality organic soil you can. Depending on what stores are available to you, top of the line gardening supply stores generally sell higher quality organic soil mixes. But if a store like home depot is your only option just try to get the most expensive organic potting soil blend you can find. Make sure whatever you get has peat moss in it, and if it doesn’t just buy some separately and add it in. You can use different types of fertilizer but it is generally recommend to buy fertilizer that’s specifically for marijuana. These types of fertilizers can be bought on various sites and are perfectly safe and legal to buy. Just apply the fertilizer to your plants soil based on the instructions provided, this is going to be what your plants mainly live off of and will help them to grow faster and give better yields.

  • Growing containers

Having optimal growing containers can be very critical. Depending on what you grow your plants in they can become root locked and potentially die. The minimum size pot is going to be about 12″ deep, or roughly a three gallon container. If you try to use pots smaller than this your plants roots can run out of room to grow, and will ultimately cause the plants harm. Do some research on what the best depth growing pots will be for you. Depending on what size pot you pick, the plants will either grow to be very large, or on the smaller side.

  • LED lights

Using LED lights are not a requirement for growing marijuana but are extremely superior to using other types of lights. They add an extra layer of security as they are much less noticeable to anyone checking your house via heat sensors, or looking at your electricity bill, as they take far less electricity than normal lights. There are multitudes of LED lights specifically designed for growing marijuana, these lights will optimize your harvests and electricity usage. You can buy and rig up LED lights yourself which is definitely a cheaper option, but it is definitely recommended to buy pre-designed ones.

While these are just the essential items needed to grow, there are many miscellaneous items I have not mentioned. Do some more research and read a lot to compile a comprehensive list. Growing is a massive undertaking, in addition to the things I haven’t mentioned there will be unforeseeable tools and items you will need, be prepared to run to the hardware store !

 

 

 

Jan 182016
 

There are many factors that can contribute to getting caught illegally growing weed. For most people getting busted while growing will mean a massive headache, expenses, and usually jail time. There are a variety of different options and things you can do to minimize your risk and possible penalties while growing.

     1. Learn the laws of your state.

Depending on what state you live in various laws and penalties will apply to your grow operation if you do get caught. Penalty factors usually include possession and cultivation charges. Look into the state laws where you live and see how many plants you would need to grow to get say, a felony charge, and grow just under that amount. A great site to get this information from is NORML. http://norml.org/laws

     2. Keep to yourself.

The most often way growers get caught is when a relative, friend, or girlfriend/boyfriend drops the dime on them. When you are running a grow operation you have to keep in mind at all times how extremely illegal what you’re doing is. This means unless you want to risk possibly going to jail, it’s best to keep to yourself about the situation. You might think your friends are trustworthy, but is it ever really worth the risk? One of the most important rules of growing is never tell ANYONE.
      

     3. Keep your grow room completely contained.
 

When growing there are multitudes of different factors relating to your grow room that can get you busted. First off there’s smell, when you have multiple marijuana plants in a room, you better count on the fact that they are going to reek. Step one for eliminating the smell problem is to make sure your grow room is air tight. You want the only air that goes in and out of your room to come from your exhaust vents or the door when you have to open it. Installing carbon filters/scrubbers with a fan via an exhaust vent is a must. Essentially you want to force any air in your grow room through a carbon filter, generally this is done using a fan. The carbon filter will completely purify any smell going out, leaving only pure air. The carbon filter of course will need to be changed semi regularly. Step two is making sure that neighbors don’t notice anything or get curious in any way. When you do buy a fan for your carbon filter setup do some research and make sure that it’s not loud. Seeing as how you will be running the fan 24/7 if it is loud people might start to wonder what you’re doing with it. When you buy your fan make sure it’s as quiet as possible. If you get a chance walk around your house a couple times and make sure nothing stands out of the ordinary.

     4. Be discrete.

Be discrete as possible in everything you do relating to your grow. When moving grow supplies into your house try to do it at night time, or in generic containers. If you plan on having company over make sure that your grow room is 100% odorless, as well as taking precautions like locking the door to the room.

5. Use LED lights.

One of the most essential aspects of growing is using LED lights instead of any other type of light bulb. While most other types of light bulbs emit large amounts of heat, LED lights barely emit any. LED lights can be on the expensive side but you will be glad you invested in them when a helicopter with a heat sensor flies by your house and notices nothing. Not to mention the fact that other types of light bulbs can be troublesome when it comes to keeping your grow room cool. In addition LED lights use a fraction of the electricity most other light bulbs use, saving on electricity expenses in the long run. 

As long as you know you’re the only one growing marijuana in your home, your odds of being busted are very minimal. Keep your grow room contained, odorless, don’t let anyone see you bringing grow equipment into your house, and be cautious when ordering seeds online. No one will ever know you’re growing, and no one will ever suspect you’re growing. Be smart and safe.

 

Jan 132016
 

Growing marijuana illegally is a very serious federal crime, as well as in most cases being a serious state crime. On a federal level growing as few as a couple of plants, up to growing fifty plants is a felony. Getting busted growing on a federal level can land you up to five years in prison, as well as a $250,000 fine. Avoiding federal laws are impossible, but you can try to find the state with the least strict laws around cultivation to minimize jail time and fines if you do get caught. In almost every state growing marijuana in any amount is a felony and can land you anywhere from two to five years in jail. There are however a few exceptions.

If you are looking to grow marijuana simply for personal use three different states as well as DC will let you do this legally. In DC you can legally grow six plants in your home, however only three out of the six plants may be mature at any given time. If you have roommates they may also grow marijuana, however there may be no more than twelve plants per household with no more than six being mature at any time.

Oregon allows you to grow no more than four plants in your home legally. Growing more than four, but less than eight can get you six months in jail as well as a $2,500 fine. However growing any more than eight plants in your house is a felony and is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years.

Alaska is an excellent state for growing marijuana legally as you can grow up to twenty five plants in your residence no questions asked ! Once you exceed the twenty five plant limit the crime goes straight to a felony which can land you up to five years in jail.

Colorado is one of the best states to grow marijuana illegally. You can of course grow six plants in your house without breaking the law. Once you pass the six plant mark, as long as you are growing less than thirty plants the maximum sentence is two years in prison as well as a $100,000 fine. Any more than thirty and you are looking at a maximum sentence of six years in prison.

Maine is the best state to grow marijuana illegally in, hands down. You can’t grow any marijuana legally (unless you have a medical marijuana card) but the penalties for illegal grow operations are very minimal in comparison to other states. Growing five plants or less can give you a maximum of six months in prison and a $1000 fine. Growing between six and one hundred plants is listed as a class D crime and can land you up to a year in jail as well as a $2,000 fine. After the one hundred plant mark growing turns in a class C crime, which is punishable by up to five years in prison. (however it is still not considered a felony)

If you’re looking to grow marijuana illegally, Maine looks like the place to go. It is the only state where growing more than twenty five plants in your house doesn’t land you two or more years in jail. However there are cases where growing twenty five or more plants in Maine can land you five years in prison. If you get charged with ‘aggravated cultivation’, getting charged with aggravated cultivation worsens the offense of growing significantly. Aggravating factors are

  • Selling marijuana to a minor
  • Defendant possesses a firearm in furtherance of the offense
  • The defendant enlists the help of or conspires with a minor
  • The crime takes place within one thousand feet of a school or drug free zone
  • The defendant has one or more prior marijuana related convictions

So if you do plan on growing marijuana illegally in Maine, make sure you don’t have any prior marijuana related convictions or do any of the other things listed.

Jan 092016
 

To some there isn’t a clear answer as to whether or not smoking marijuana is good or bad for you (physically). Many marijuana advocates claim that marijuana smoke does not cause lung cancer and can even help prevent it. But the general consensus among most people is that smoke is bad for you and your lungs. Regardless of whether or not it’s marijuana, tobacco, or any other kind of smoke. For those of us who wish to avoid potential unnecessary damage to our lungs and health while ingesting cannabis, vaporization can be a pleasant alternative. For those who don’t know, almost all chemicals have a point where they combust, or vaporize. THC and a few other psychoactive chemical compounds in marijuana vape temp is approximately 180 celsius, or around 350 fahrenheit. So once you’re ready to get high, instead of lighting up a joint, preheat your vape to the desired temperature and throw in some bud.

(Image shows a person filling up balloons with marijuana vapor using a Volcano Vaporizer.)

When you vaporize your herb instead of smoking it, you are essentially only inhaling exactly what you want to inhale. The good stuff, cannabinoids, THC, and other chemicals that give you a nice buzz. What you aren’t inhaling is mass amounts of combusted plant material in the form of smoke and carcinogens. Some people can experience slight shortness of breath, wheezing, and other undesirable side effects from smoking cannabis. Although as a whole smoking marijuana isn’t going to kill you, why do it if you don’t have to?

When you vaporize bud you can taste fully taste it, being able to experience the pure subtleties and flavour of the strain. Another great thing is that vaporizing can be more cost effective than smoking. A study conducted by NORML found that good quality vaporizers could convert roughly 45% of THC found in bud into vapour. While smoking a joint converted only approximately 25% of available THC into smoke. Not to mention the fact that once you’re vape bowlpack is cashed, you still have crumbly brown bud leftover. Every time you’re done vaping, throw the vaped bud into a jar. Depending on how much you smoke you should have enough to cook up into edibles in no time. Having a vaporizer at home is great, but you can also get pocket vape pens. Most are small and easy to use as well as discrete. Vapor doesn’t stink up an area the same way smoke does, and for all anyone knows you’re just vaping some nicotine. I would personally feel comfortable vaping out of a vape pen almost anywhere. Unlike a bowl which is far more noticeable and incriminating.

As a whole vaping is great, you get leftover bud to cook with, you inhale more THC than you would smoking, and you get to save your lungs from breathing in carcinogenic smoke. It seems like a win win scenario, but to each his own. Stay high people !

Jan 092016
 

Medical Marijuana in New York Medical marijuana laws in New York state are unusual in comparison to most laws pertaining to the subject. Almost all the states that allow medical marijuana, permit patients to have it in various forms, from bud to concentrates. However New York’s laws only give those with medical marijuana cards the right to eat edible forms of cannabis. In early January 2014 Governor Cuomo gave a statement saying that he was planning to put medical marijuana laws into place via executive order. On June 20th 2014 NY Legislature passed the bill allowing all forms of non smoke-able medical marijuana. The following monday Cuomo happily signed the ‘Compassionate Care Act’ into effect. The bill was very strict in the specifications of who could apply for a New York medical marijuana card. The only NY citizens applicable were people suffering from severe diseases, Aids to Cancer, Epilepsy to Parkinson’s disease and everything in between. But you couldn’t go down to your local doctor and grab a card just for a back ache.

The process for getting a medical cannabis card can be so difficult that since the program’s launch (recently on Thursday 1/7/2016) NY state department of health has only issued around 70 cards. This may seem like a relatively decent number, but considering that roughly 200,000-400,000 are eligible to receive a medical ID card, 70 is a pretty abysmal figure. Over 170 doctors in the state have signed on to be physicians who will then give patients a certification they can bring to the department of health to apply for a medical card. The list of said doctors is going to be released to various healthcare providers so they can refer patients, state officials say.

So far eight out of twenty medical marijuana dispensaries in New York are open for business, the other twelve plan on opening sometime this month. One such dispensary that is currently operating in New York is called Columbia Care. The CEO of Columbia Care (Nicholas Vita, who at one point worked for Goldman Sachs) attempted to come up with a rough estimate of how much money is to be made in the New York medical marijuana industry. He stated that if even 200,000 of the almost 400,000 New York citizens that are eligible got a card and used it regularly; New York could sell over $300,000,000 of marijuana a year. Assuming that each cardholder spent $100-$300 a month on the substance. Even if the estimate is off by 50%, New York is looking at a serious cash influx seeing as how currently there is a 7% sales tax on all medical marijuana products. While there are only 70 medical card holders currently, the number could rise dramatically.