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  1. How many folks die every year from unintended overdoses of legally prescribed opioids? Tens-of-thousands. Two-a-day in Michigan alone. Imagine what the outcry would be if two bodies washed up on the shores of Lake Michigan every day. How many heroin overdose deaths are the direct result of an initial opioid addiction? Thousands more. So tell me again why kratom is being illegalized? And why the government insists cannabis has no medical value? Politicians of both parties and their public sector sycophants are the new aristocracy. We have the government we deserve. We must have been very, very bad.
  2. http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-abcarian-cannabis-legalization-20160930-snap-story.html?ref=yfp
  3. Maybe she meant this: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/09/28/protests-continue-over-police-involved-shooting-unarmed-black-man-el-cajon-calif/91239206/
  4. https://thinkprogress.org/chelsea-clinton-walks-back-unproven-claim-about-risks-of-marijuana-use-109c11f392ed?ref=yfp#.etvr0iwsj
  5. Bouchard and Jones are like two cats screeching in the night; from the sounds alone it is impossible to tell if they are fighting or making love.
  6. At least a few growers do so for simply to know how it is grown (and for their own enjoyment). Most who do so successfully exercise some if not extreme discretion.
  7. Maybe that explains the Ninth District's decision on MMJ cardholders and guns. According to the 9th Distict's recent ruling no MMJ patient can own guns.
  8. A bit more about Alaska outdoor growing. So in 1975 my next-door neighbor No-Good Nelson and I built a small greenhouse on the north bluff of the Anchor River and planted a couple dozen seeds in late May. Neither one of us knew anything about growing and in those days boutique sensimmilia was still in its early stages. We had no clue. By the end of June our plants were five feet tall and we had to raise the roof to eight feet. We were ten feet by the end of July and in September just prior to a killing frost the plants averaged twelve feet and the roof had been raised again to fourteen feet. Tall, yes. Males? Females? We didn't know and couldn't tell the difference anyway back ten. Somewhere I have a photo of No-Good with his share of the green loaded into the back of his beater pick-up. It looked like sheeves of wheat piled for harvest. Sadly the medical effect of smoking the leaves was barely noticeable mainly characterized by shortness of breath and an annoying headache. I'd experimented some with brownies and Mexican swage in Lansing a year or two earlier with interesting results. But the Lansing Mex was far more satisfying than the Alaska green when smoked so baking with the AK green was undertaken without any real optimism. Nice looking brownies when finished though regardless. Betty Crocker mix, extra egg, added walnuts, nice milk chocolate frosting and raw herb powdered in a blender to the consistency of flour. Lots of herb. Never mind regardless. They worked. Really worked. Amazing difference once that green was baked. What happened next still makes me laugh to remember but would probably just bore anyone who has read this far.
  9. Not likely any indoor basement grow would blow a transformer unless it started at least twenty 1000w bulbs simultaneously. Central air conditioning units typically draw power equal to four or five bulbs, or kilowatts and the surge on start-up is considerably greater. Most of the problems are caused by folks trying to by-pass meters and running loads far in excess of those needed by a typical legal Michigan caregiver. Really interesting article in this week's (August 27th) Economist about Alaska agriculture titled 'Growing Farmers'. The article details a Federal Government subsidizing tunnel greenhouses and features Homer as the high-tunnel capital of America. Tunnel greenhouses allow expanded growing seasons for cold weather climates. Having lived many years on the Anchor River just a few miles west of Homer it was hard to keep a straight face. No doubt the Fed is helping build greenhouses but guaranteed much of their products won't be available on the store shelves of the Homer's Safeway or Carr's grocery any time soon.
  10. To add some details to Mal's assessment; I think the U.S. uses about 500,000,000,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) per year. If you assume a thousand kWh can produce ten ounces of product in a month, each ounce would be the equivalent of 100 kilowatt-hours. Last SAMHSA estimate was 15,000 metric tons in annual U.S. consumption. If you assume one-percent of this consumption, or 5,000,000 ounces is grown using electricity, the annual load required to grow cannabis using power from the grid is 500,000,000 kW-h. That would mean the .1% or 1/1000 of the electricity generated by the U.S. is used by indoor grows. But way more than one-percent is grown indoors, right? Kick that up to something like 10% grown under lights and usage would be 1% of the total generated and right in line with Mal's estimate. Who says Mal and I can't agree. At least now and then.
  11. No camera, no gun? That's an idea worth serious consideration. Especially if it applied to the Chiefs and Sheriffs.
  12. Ever replace the tobacco in a Marboro (reds in the box) with herb? Or hand roll herb to resemble the look of a 'straight'? Works well for camouflage. But be advised, at least once a damned fool inadvertently fished out the wrong smoke from his box and lit it in front of his then mother-in-law while she was cooking dinner for her husband, Fort Benning's deputy post commander. Proving yet again, cigarette smoking is hazardous to one's well-being.
  13. Ever been through a Drug Court Program? Got a Drug Court diploma? Try it sometime.
  14. Was Franklin County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant. Grellner a public government or private corporation employee? The government. Who funded the Franklin County Drug Court Program? The government. So, as is the case with CXW, a government funded and administered contractor, who is the culpable party for these egregious excesses and abuses? Government created, government funded, government administered but not the government's fault? Well if you can believe that, you might conclude that if only an enlightened party like the Democrats were in total and complete control of the government and the private sector didn't exist the U.S. would be a paradise. A worker's paradise.
  15. Somewhere, even as the courts in Michigan are splitting root hairs, nice folks are lining up for the 8am opening of a West Coast retail cannabis shop. When the doors open, they'll walk in, browse the shops offerings, make their choices, and walk out of the store with their purchases. The clerks will laugh and shake their heads in disbelief if a customer from say, Michigan asks if a locked container is required for transport of the dangerous plant and its flowers. Those same customers might even be further flabbergasted to find upon leaving the shop with their purchases a passing Portlandia cop might recognize their unease and.........wave with a smile. Somewhere the sun can be shining and things can be normal. Somewhere else the mighty Casey continues to strike out.
  16. Clinton is nice and while these smaller towns aren't exactly thriving, the farm based economies are probably more stable than most other Michigan urban or decaying industrial based ones. I was born in Benton Harbor seventy years ago and watched it decline for the next forty as the industrial base died. I have been waiting for its renaissance for thirty years. But even after over two-hundred million in state and fed programs seeing any real turnaround remains a forlorn hope. The current program de jour is the Whirlpool foundation backed (with lots of State and Fed tax dollars as well, naturally) Harbor Shores development to the west of the Paw Paw river and south of the seedy Morton Hill area. How or why anyone would think an island of high dollar homes centered around Nicklaus Signature Golf Course would lead to a revitalized downtown is almost unfathomable given the results of the past twenty years of futility but so it goes. If brute force doesn't work trying more brute force doesn't make much sense. Anyway, unless you have lots of money, the smaller towns are better value. And regardless where you end up, all the best with a difficult situation.
  17. This is more than a victory for patients in my opinion. It is also a rebuke for the DOJ and Big Government Prohibitionists everywhere. Somewhere Rick Jones and his ilk did not have a good day when they read this decision.
  18. Affordable, pleasant, safe and comfortable? No lake effect snow? Sick of Illinois in general and Rockford? How about one of the small towns in southern lower Michigan located along the historic highway US-12? Maybe best somewhere east of US-27 is probably more tolerant and less prone to snow.
  19. That Knowledge and Skills description apparently has words reversed. In a normal world it would read "Ability to handle difficult staff and direct customers in how to handle stressful situations."
  20. That the excesses of Prohibitionists including the Civil Forfeiture Tax will be their own undoing is small consolation for today's victims.
  21. Too bad Hitler and Stalin gave facism a bad name. Does anyone know the definition of facism? Or why facism is and of itself is bad? Reminds me of those who rail against big corporations. Does anyone know what a corporation actually is? Maybe I am mistaken but it is my impression a corporation is a legal entity. So are all legal entities bad? Or just some? Last time I donated to the MMMA Greg and Brad ran the outfit. Things have changed a lot since then. Who runs it now? And what is the agenda? Does it include free speech? Or is it run by one strong person or persons who have their own agenda to promote? Which of course it isn't because otherwise it would be facism.
  22. So when I went into the retail cannabis stores in Portland earlier this week the impressive testing results stickers aren't accurate? It never occurred to me to ask about the details of the testing protocols. I was mainly curious about the supply chain and the general attitude towards legal cannabis. The 'benchmark' store, Shango, Oregon's largest retailer is self-supplied from five industrial sized production facilities and a dedicated relationship with a certified (whatever that means) testing lab. Other outlets apparently will buy overages from individual caregivers but never pursued the requirements that must be met, if any. I did notice Shango had Purple Hindu Kush on display that I had bought earlier from a much smaller shop on 40th Avenue in the trendy Hollywood area. But Shango had sold out of that strain before I could compare the two. Never been to a Detroit store or a MI dispensary but my lasting impression of Portland will be my encounter with a Portland cop as I left the 40th Street shop. Not sure what to expect as a seventy-yr-old white guy leaving a pot shop with an eighth in my pocket being used to living with and among SW Michigan Prohibitionists. And somewhat distracted by the whole experience, nearly walked into a police car. The cop may have intuitively guessed my uncertainty. Or maybe I reminded him of his grandfather. Anyway, he just smiled and waved. And I got into my rental car and drove back to the hotel.
  23. This whole Schedule charade is simply a mechanism to keep government budgets intact.
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