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Spotlight on Washington: Medical vs. Recreational

As the legalization of recreational use of Marijuana spreads across the United States, many are speculating about the onslaught of changes it will bring. Marijuana use in the medical field is far from news, as the medical properties of marijuana have been used in the pro column in the discussion about legalizing recreational use- but how will it affect the patients?


smokingpagoda-spotlight-on-washingtonWashington state has had medical marijuana on the law books since 1998. While it was a step in the right direction, at first this legalization was lacking. It only created an affirmative defense for patients. This means that a patient could be arrested for possession; however, if they are authorized by a healthcare provider to posses a 60-day supply, then they had a valid legal defense in a trial. Continue Reading

The Tangled Roots of Marijuana Opposition

Reefer. Weed. Pot. They’re all slang terms for a rather remarkable plant that’s become vilified for ridiculous reasons. When the so-called Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was being considered, many members of the American Medical Association spoke out against strict government regulation of the medicinal herb. It is interesting to note that in by the year 1937, cannabis had already been an important part of American Pharmacopeia for nearly ninety years.

The American public of the 1930s was whipped into a frenzy by sketchy media reports that described Mexican immigrants and African-American musicians as wild-eyed maniacs who raped white women while high on reefer. By the time Harry Jacob Anslinger was seated as the first commissioner of the nascent Federal Bureau of Narcotics, the country was just fearful enough to believe his insane assertions about marijuana, or ‘muggles’ being a prime contributor to mental illness and murderous mayhem. Continue Reading

Top 5 Tips For Finding The Right Weed Edible Dosage

Marijuana edibles can be a great alternative to smoking or vaporizing your bud, especially if you intend on using it for a medicinal purpose. The effects of marijuana, when absorbed through the digestive rather than through the respiratory system, are usually much stronger, longer lasting, and have a greater impact on the body. However, because the effects can be quite strong, it is important not to eat too many THC-infused goodies at once. Here are some tips for finding the right dose of marijuana edibles for yourself: Continue Reading

Progress in Philadelphia, Trouble for Home Growers

In the city of brotherly love, around a quarter of a percent of the population are busted for marijuana possession each year. This amounts to around 4,000 out of the 1.5 million Philadelphia residents. James F. Kenney, a City Council member, is quick to point out that there is a murky undercurrent to this innocuous statistic. According to Kenney, around 83 percent of individuals busted for pot possession in the city are black or Latino. Kenney says, “There are no arrests at Phish concerts or fraternity parties.” Continue Reading

Foresight From The Past: “Legalizing California’s Cash Crop Would Put State in the Green”

In March of 2009, a contributing writer to UCSGuardian by the name of Andrew Kim was looking into the future into ways that marijuana legalization could lead to bettering the state of California.  Looking back at these words of wisdom, it seems as though they’re slowly coming true across the country.

All credit belongs to Mr. Kim, but we recommend reading across this, and asking yourself: How does this apply to now?

Call it good timing, or just sheer opportunism: Last Monday, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill seeking to legalize marijuana use for individuals over age 21. 
The Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act (AB 390) would tap into an estimated $14 billion industry – leading to a potential $1.3 billion increase in annual tax revenue for the state of California and an additional $50-per-ounce levy on retail sales. Although controversial, the bill is a practical solution to California’s budget crisis. Continue Reading