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Enter the Bud Baron, a Marijuana Manifesto, Made with Marijuana

I wrote this for my blog as The Bud Baron but will publish here as well because its a good article.
I wanted to write a short mission statement or editorial about what I hope to achieve and what values I will hold while assuming the mantle of Bud Baron.

First I want to start off by explaining my motivations. I am writing this blog for two reasons; one i want to collect and share tips, tricks and techniques for consuming, and refining Mary Jane, second I would like to “stoke the fires” of the legalization debate. I have been smoking, cooking with, researching, and advocating for weed for over 12 years now and I believe now more than ever it is time to address the legalization issue once again.

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This blog is will look briefly at the history and laws of marijuana as a sideline but will mostly focus on what you can make from bud, shake, leaves, stems, seeds, and crystal. I want to mention that the legalization issue has fallen by the wayside with terrorism, global warming, and other issues. More people in North America then ever are partaking but less are speaking up, although police often look the other way i must say it’s an injustice that it is still illegal.

I say we all need to speak up and chant LEGALIZE. Pot is medicine the safest medicine, when vaporized is not harmful in any way, its a victimless crime. Secondly Please donate, all donations go to organizing, advocating, and protest organization with half going to NORML, and never used for personal profit.

If your interested, want to get involved or want ot read more see here.

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Cannabis Controversy Continues with Caregivers Cup

The first Michigan Caregivers Cup kicks off today and will run through Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Ann Arbor Marriott at Eagle Crest in Ypsilanti. Though Michigan voters approved the legalization of medical marijuana by 63 percent in November 2008, residents continue to clash over the increasing prevalence of medical marijuana within the state’s communities, including this weekend’s cannabis-related event.

The centerpiece of the Caregivers Cup – a competition of sorts that would have a panel of patients sample and vote on which grower created the best medical marijuana – caused a heated battle between the organizers and local law enforcement over its legality.

Earlier this week, Anthony Freed of the Michigan Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce (MMCC), which is hosting the event, announced that the cannabis judging contest had been canceled. The rest of the event will carry on as planned with an itinerary that includes classes, speeches and concerts in addition to an exposition.
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“The Caregivers Cup is a good thing,” says Randolph Milner, a patient who relies on medical marijuana for pain relief. “It will help bring awareness to most people [who] do not understand that medical marijuana is a very important way to help someone like myself [who] lives with everyday pain.”

Milner says he received his medical marijuana card to treat pain he experiences on a daily basis due to a medical procedure that was performed in 1988. “I have since had terrible head pain every minute of my life. Marijuana has been the only medication that helps.”

On the other side of the spectrum are Michigan residents like Charles Wright, a Detroiter who is firmly against the Caregivers Cup. “It would be different if all this was being done solely for the benefit of sick people, but that just isn’t the case.” He added, “It is my understanding that the dispensary in Ypsi is selling product at top dollar prices, which just goes to show that this little operation is all about money. Now Michigan will be known for its corrupt politicians, strip clubs and pot shops. Pathetic.”

With the medical marijuana legalization law in full effect, patients with certain medical conditions can now either grow their own marijuana in-house, or get their supply through a designated caregiver. Patients are required to apply for ID cards from the state’s health department, which essentially allows them to cultivate and smoke marijuana for medical purposes under Michigan law.

For those who do decide to attend the Caregivers Cup, the Marriott at Eagle Crest is located at 1275 S Huron St. and its phone number is (734) 487-2000. (Concerts will be held at various other venues.) The expo will be open on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; the cost is $25 for a two-day pass and $15 for a one-day pass. A full schedule of events can be found at www.micaregiverscup.org.

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New Super-Store Catering to Medical Marijuana Users Opens in Phoenix

Responding to the recent trend of many states in this country to decriminalize marijuana for medicinal use, one company, California based wGrow, which sells everything a person could need to grow marijuana, has opened its doors in Phoenix, the latest state to allow people to use marijuana for medical purposes.

Though 16 states, as recently reported by Reuters have now decriminalized marijuana for medical use, doing so is still problematic for sufferers of such conditions as glaucoma or simple chronic pain, as the use, possession, transport and growing of marijuana for any purpose is still outlawed by the federal government. This means that patients that buy, use or posses it in such states can still be prosecuted if they wind up in the sites of federal authorities.

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The new super-store sells grow-lights, soil, special trays and everything else that might be needed to help its customers who don’t need to offer proof of their legal use of marijuana, because that is the one thing they do not sell. To get their weed, “patients” will have to obtain a card from a licensed physician authorizing them to grow and consume their own. wGrow, has such doctors on site to dole out such cards to anyone who asks. The only other thing the patient needs is seeds to grow their own, or a legalized dealer to sell them what they need.

The 21,000-square-foot store offers some 2,000 products and by all accounts its success is likely, as wGrow already has such stores in Oakland and Sacramento with plans to open new ones in Washington D.C. Denver, Detroit, and maybe Los Angeles.

Medical use of marijuana in this country is still a topic of debate as many see it as merely a forerunner to legalizing its use regardless of purpose, and point to the ease with which citizens of California are able to get a prescription for its use; a state where abuse of the system is said to be rampant.

It’s not clear yet what take the federal government will have on the new super-store as some of what is sold might be construed as paraphernalia, the sale of which is still outlawed by Uncle Sam.

wGrow, and likely many users of medicinal marijuana are still holding out for a reprieve from the feds, though, as candidate Obama hinted that he might be willing to look into relaxing the rules regarding use of the plant and it’s pain soothing abilities; though he’s not done anything since taking office, some hold out hope that if he wins a second term, he’ll be more likely to throw caution to the wind and put some changes in the works.

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Miley Cyrus and Marijuana

 

On December 10, 2010 Miley Cyrus was videotaped smoking a bong filled with Salvia, a substance legal in California. She was slammed at first because some believed she was smoking marijuana and continues to be criticized for being a bad example to children.
Miley’s dilemma is something that millions of people face every day–do they show the world who they really are and what they are about, or do they pretend to be something that they are not?

Marijuana, while not legal, is commonly smoked by people of all ages. I know church goers, professional workers, blue-collar laborers, grandmothers, college students and local leaders who have quietly toked for years.

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If you look at these people you won’t see the media’s version of a pothead: all of these people are clean cut, they pay their own bills and mind their own business–but out of fear they keep silent. Not only is marijuana illegal, but those who are known to use it are looked down upon as something “less” in our society.

Alcohol is legal, yet contributes to an immense amount of death and disharmony. I grew up with alcoholic parents and have been exposed to the secret society of weed smokers and I can state with confidence that alcohol is by far the more dangerous of the two, yet it is accepted and marijuana is not.

When someone is high on marijuana, they tend to smile, chat amiably and eat. Park someone with a buzz in front of a television and they will watch whatever is on in complete fascination. As long as there is food in the house they will have NO desire to go anywhere, and will just sit and relax.

When someone is drunk, they will either be a happy drunk or a mad drunk. Happy drunks want to grab onto you and kiss you and try to be everyone’s best friend. If they think you need something from the store they are the first to grab the car keys.

Mad drunks are downright dangerous. Whether you agree with them or not, you will tick them off. Their only goal at that time is to argue and fight. If they get angry enough they will storm away, hop in the car and burn rubber out of the driveway.

Despite this, alcohol is legal. Not only is it legal it is perfectly accepted. Arrive at work with a hangover and you get teased and pitied–arrive after coming down from good buzz, and no one is the wiser if you got some sleep.

If someone thinks you’ve smoked weed in your life–oh my! You are a pothead, a useless wart on society’s behind who wants nothing more than to reach that next buzz even if you have to rob someone to get it–and this image couldn’t be farther from the reality.

While there are some who abuse marijuana, like other drugs, the majority who actually use this herb are quietly among you right now–perhaps they are in the cubicle next to you, or down the way on your assembly line. They are the clean ones, who always show up on time at work and handle their jobs the best they can.

On occasion they may light up a joint or take a puff on a bong or one-hitter–and then they go back to their productive lives.

Miley Cyrus wasn’t presenting a bad example with that bong but instead demonstrating the fact that we need to loosen laws and perceptions concerning those who desire to use marijuana and legal substances like Salvia on occasion. She is a clean-cut young lady, a professional woman who works hard in her chosen industry–why should she not have the right to relax and partake a little if she so desires? Why should other professionals not have the same right?

What About the Kids?

The youth always pursue that which is forbidden and scandalous. Eliminate the scandal associated with marijuana and their interest will move to something else. They won’t turn into lazy bums living for the next toke, or try to kill someone to get another hit.

Think About the Money

Should natural substances like marijuana and salvia become completely legalized and taxed accordingly our crime rate would not only drop (less possession charges) but the government would be able to have an extra income stream to assist our financial recovery. We would have the money to help create jobs with the newly-proposed high-speed railway. We could pare down the enormous national debt. There is so much we could do with the additional taxes and the money saved chasing down illegal dealers and jailing those caught possessing it would be immense!

I would like to urge our government to consider the option of legalizing marijuana so that those who wish to partake on occasion can do so without fear of prosecution. I would also like to remind the government of the immense national debt that we currently owe and the increased expenses of this nation as we work to pull out of financial decline. A fresh source of taxation income would be of incredible benefit, especially coming from a source that has been proven to be safer than alcohol in studies.

I would also like to urge the public to not criticize Miley too harshly. She had the courage to do in public what millions of your neighbors are doing in hiding and she should be praised, not condemned. Never min Miley! If you get drug tested you still can pass your test with Mega Clean.