“I don’t look at her like she’s a bad girl. She just misunderstood sometime, she’s a little troubled, she’s a little dysfunctional. She’s a survivor.”  Aida Turturro

“I’m a big fan of the misunderstood, the vilified, the underdog, the breaking of myths.”  Dominic Monaghan

“The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting.” John Cleese

“If I turn out to be particularly clear, you’ve probably misunderstood what I’ve said.”  Alan Greenspan

(Photo taken 8/19/2015.)


“Maybe it’s stress or anger or adrenaline or disillusionment or a bullying nature or simple fear of getting killed themselves, but there is a problem if a cop cannot tell the difference between a menacing gangster and the far more common person they encounter whose life is a little frayed and messy.”  David Horsey

“Ignorance is a menace to peace.”  Paul Harris

“In the clashes between ignorance and intelligence, ignorance is generally the aggressor.” Paul Harris

(Photo taken 8/19/2015.)

Study: Four Percent of Butterflies Addicted to Grape Pollen


WASHINGTON, DC — Researchers at the Institute For The Preservation Of Butterflies (IFTPOB) have released a report about a subset of butterflies who suffer from drug addiction, specifically to grape-flavored pollen.

Most of the colorless and light-colored butterflies in this patient population suffer from low self-esteem and anxiety, especially in social situations with other butterflies. They are sometimes shunned by both their families and the rest of butterfly society because of their lack of color. Many also suffer from a condition called Hairymyalgia, which creates painful and unflattering side effects, including the growth of unwanted body hair.

Grape pollen has been known throughout history as a successful treatment for butterflies who suffer from chronic pain, so lots of purple flowers have been specifically planted for this purpose. But many of these patients have ended up spending all their time drinking purple nectar, finally turning their backs on the society that has shunned them. As you can imagine, those privileged enough to be in society don’t like being ignored.

The IFTPOB researchers estimate that about 4% of the butterfly population suffer from Grape Pollen Syndrome and are declaring it an epidemic, even though grape pollen is not a harmful drug. They are also raising alarms about a similar problem in the bee population. Their recommendations to the Bug Medical Board include banning all flowers that have any hint of purple in them (and maybe blue, too).

The Bug Medical Board has yet to respond to the IFTPOB, citing its requirement to discuss the matter with the DEA first.

(Photo taken 8/27/2015.)

Lack of strain variety in Colorado?


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Joe • 5 days ago
One major drawback on legal weed vs black market weed is variety. This is a direct result of policy, at least in Colorado. I am not talking about the cartels per say, but the black market in general.

Marijuana is not a native plant to the state, so all seeds in the state arrived illegally, or as a result of a federal crime.

In Colorado the state allowed limited window for strains to become registered with the state, essentially forgiving the federal trafficking crime that had been committed.

This “forgiveness” period did not last a long time, and after the window closed the only new strains in the state where the result of crossing of pre registered strains. All new marijuana dispensaries whether recreational or medical have to buy their seeds from a preexisting dispensary that is growing registered strains.

Medically speaking many landrace, or native strains of marijuana have very consistent effects, and a rich history of medical use. However some of these strains are not available to either the medical market, or the recreational market in Colorado because they were not registered during the forgiveness period.

It is true you can find candy, soda, lotion, and all kind of other stuff. But most of the sales in the state of Colorado are basically 10 or so strains.

Most of these have been hybridized for shorter grow periods, growth habits that are easier to control indoors, and indoor environment adaption qualities.

– A Colorado Medical Marijuana Patient

Joe to Inanimate Carbon Rods • 5 days ago
I almost opened my own dispensary, took business classes, learned the operating laws, and lined up financing. The plan was to only grow landrace native varieties, offer education about their social, medical, and religious uses and call it Wild Strains.

It turns out this plan won’t work because of the states strain registery. Unless you want to learn about Pakistan Valley or Afghani Indica…

Landrace or 100% Sativa varieties are harder to grow indoors space is an issue, they need more time in vegetable stage to yield well, and the buds take longer to mature. This means less turnover, and less profit.

The closest you will get to Sativa in almost all dispensaries is Blue Dream. You wouldn’t know it was Sativa dominant.

The only real option left is to grow your own.

Joe to Higher_Ground • 4 days ago
Well if you are using it medicinally or recreationally it is generally much cheaper to grow your own, over the long term. The sales tax on medical is 7% the sales tax for recreational is 25%. This is why the “black market dealers” continue to play a role in places where it is legal to purchase recreationally. It is actually cheaper due to the marijuana not being taxed.

I would guess a fairly small percentage of marijuana that is used recreationally is even bought at dispensaries. Many counties, and cities have banned dispensaries so all users in those areas either grow their own, buy illegally, or drive a long distance to purchase.

Colorado Springs is a good example, recreational dispensaries are banned. There is a single dispensary in Manitou Springs (basically the foot of Pikes Peak) which last year netted over 4+ million in sales last year. I would be willing to bet the amount used in Colorado Springs, whether grown or obtained illegally is easily 10 times that amount.

Even though it has become legal, I still visit my doctor every year and pay the state fees required to remain a medical patient. I know a couple of people with cancer who do so simply because that 23% tax savings adds up over the course of the year.

Yes, you can buy seeds from a european seed bank or out of state and grow it, but trafficking seeds is a federal crime.

It technically is federally illegal to grow, possess, and use marijuana to but trafficking through the mail is more easily identified. Even though it is legal in the state federal raids are not unheard of.

When addiction becomes criminal



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