Will Canada Reach Legalization Before the U.S.?

The Liberal government in Canada has announced that 1 year from now, some time during next spring in 2017 they will introduce a law to legalize recreational use of the plant. Details on limits and who can produce and distribute the drug have not been released yet. However, this obviously would be a nationwide law that would take effect in all 10 Canadian provinces.  This would be a huge step in the right direction and would also mean that the United States is way behind with their slow state by state progress.  The approach in Canada seems to be much better and will have more of a positive impact on the amount of people being arrested anywhere across the northern country.

One of the main reasons for this breaking news is the election of Justin Trudeau as the new Prime Minister.  Legalizing marijuana was a huge campaign focus and ultimately helped lead him to a political victory.  Before him, the previous Prime Minister had zero intentions of changing the draconian laws on marijuana.  One change in leadership and there appears to be a very bright future for the economy and criminal justice system coming.

So where does the United States stand?  Well currently for recreational legalization, there are only 4 states out of 50 that allow personal possession/consumption to an extent without legal ramifications.  If you are unable to obtain a medical marijuana license due to the lack of an “acceptable” medical condition in the 24 states that offer medical marijuana programs, you’re shit out of luck and looking at a dim future if caught.  Clearly, the lawmakers and voters are not on the same page and policy is way behind the will of the voters.  There hasn’t been any announcement of nationwide legalization even though most people think that it is inevitable.  My personal opinion is that Canada will beat us by a mile because the DEA and other industries have to much profit to lose from freeing the weed and all the people serving nonsense sentences for it.  There is just simply to much lobbying and misinformation going around and it will continue to take time to undo the damage from this.

I plan on seeing it legal nationwide within the next five years.  I also said that 5 years ago, so who knows how long they can drag it out.  The U.S. started making medical marijuana and recreational reform first, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish!

Weed Made Me an Outdoors Person

Starting out young as a kid I had always spent lots of time outdoors playing sports and visiting our cabin up north without many electronics.  Thinking back, I didn’t always enjoy it and complained a lot about the lack of entertainment.  This wasn’t to say I didn’t gain any happiness from exploring and being outside it just wasn’t as beautiful and important as I see it now.  I did not smoke weed that young and purposely avoided it until the age of 16.

Once I realized how it enhances pretty much all the senses and that it makes things enjoyable, I found myself running on the cross country team and walking/hiking for recreation on my free time.  The outdoors seemed connected and alive and just more beautiful.  Even when I wasn’t under the influence, the experience and appreciation for nature stayed in the forefront of my mind.  Outside when the weather permitted, became my preferred place to smoke.  It brought peace when combined with the high which made it very stress relieving.    I also wouldn’t have to worry about parents or people who would react negatively to the use of it.

Cannabis is considered a mild psychedelic even though it doesn’t feel that way.  This does make sense to me because psychedelics are known to bring the user to a deeper connection to nature among other things.  Even though there are no hallucinations or out of body experiences with weed, there is something that makes me love being in nature.  There could be an activity involved or not, it will be just as enjoyable for me.  Especially when there is such little regard for the environment in this world when compared to profits, it makes me appreciate what is left that much more.  Weed really helped me slow down and take in the world instead of just focusing on whatever priorities or problems I’m facing.

How Long Does it Take to Grow Cannabis?

The short answer to the very general question of how long it takes to grow weed is around 3 months.  This is just an average number and is accounting for around 1 month in the vegetative stage followed by 2 months in 12/12 light schedule for flowering.  This is not taking into consideration preferences or the other countless factors that you have with different strains and different grow room set ups.  I’ve never gone more than a month and a half in the vegetative stage but know that patience is very beneficial when it comes to yields.  The plant will get most of it’s leafy and structural growth in this stage and the longer it is drawn out the larger it gets to an extent.  However, you could also switch over to a flowering life cycle very early on to initiate a faster harvest.  This is also ideal if you are limited on space or are growing from a clone instead of starting from the seed.

That is where the 3 month answer stems from.  It’s just a general rule of thumb.  It is very important to either know the exact genetics and strain information or have access to equipment that allows you to examine the trichomes extremely close.  If you know the strain, you know how long it will have to be in flowering to get the appropriate bud development.  Most strains are around 8 weeks while hazes and sativas tend to take longer and up to 11 or 12 weeks sometimes.  This is of course if you are strictly controlling the environments temperature, humidity, and other growing conditions.

This time frame is not taking into account drying and curing which adds a substantial amount of time before your medicine is ready to be consumed.  Drying only takes around 4 or so days where curing takes at least 2 weeks.  Many growers cure longer then 2 weeks due to the improved taste that comes from properly cured buds.  To be a grower you have to be patient, but if you do it right the wait will make the crop that much more rewarding then purchasing it every time you want to consume.

Hope this quick answer gave you an idea of how long you should expect to spend during the satisfying grow proccess!

2016 the Year of Rescheduling?

Within the past week there has been a lot of buzz about the possibility of this year finally being the year of at least a federal rescheduling of the drug.  Following a recent smoke out Saturday at the White House supporting the veteran movement, there was also news that the DEA sent a lengthy memo to lawmakers claiming it hopes to decide whether to change the scheduling of the drug by this July.  The only result for this is has to be the enormous pressure they are now feeling as more and more people are educated on how messed up the war on drugs has been.  It’s been dragged out longer than anyone thought possible.

I think that it’s something to definitely look out for but this is far from the first time there has been talk of rescheduling with no action being taken.  The data and information has been out there that it has medical purposes, but this agency has been able to deny science in the name of enormous profits and police budgets that they have become so dependent on.  The time will come when a large majority of people will catch on to the profitable and devastating effects the prohibition of this plant has been.  There is definitely some of that going on this year, thanks to the legalization of marijuana in 4 states already and people are taking notice.  Those states are seeing lower crime rates and most importantly, no ones going to jail for a personal harmless choice.  The possibility that 2016 is the year it is at least acknowledged officially for its medical uses and taken off the list of dangerous drugs is definitely there.  The DEA will have to listen to other associations like the AMA who are even recommending a rescheduling now.  This would be a huge victory for proponents of medical marijuana and give protections immediately to thousands of patients from federal prosecution.  The current scheduling is the only reason for the federal raids and pretty much justifies everything they do to enforce it.  Sick people need their medicine and they may finally be left alone and treated like the legitimate patients  that they are.

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Concentrates popularity

It seems like around 5 years ago there was nobody that I knew or had heard about that had purchased or created a dab rig setup.  Even going to the smoke shop I don’t remember seeing them available for sale, and if so, no where near the selection size you see now.  There is no doubt a rise in the production as a result of demand and it seems to continue to grow.  Here in Michigan, it is not hard to find a constant supply of cannabis concentrates.  This is mostly due to the dispensary storefronts located in Detroit that offer many selections to choose from.  There is a high volume of shops which means lot’s of producers of dabs.  This isn’t even taking into consideration the underground production helping to meet the demand of recreational users which seems endless.

Most users of concentrates are not new to cannabis.  They are definitely potent but manageable if dosed correctly.  The demand mostly comes from long time cannabis lovers who enjoy the idea that less is more.  Not only is there the main reason of wanting a stronger and lasting high, there is also densely packed flavor you get every time.  Even though smoking cannabis is said to have immediate effects, the dabs kick in even quicker and all at once.  It’s definitely less gradual and smooth then the flowers but with time becomes easier and easier to manage.  For those super crazy enthusiast with lots of money and or  crazy growing skills the high is limitless.  People seem to take larger and larger dabs that are absolutely impossible for me to come close to consuming.

On the medical side there is the amazing rick Simpson oil, which is also a concentrate but is  often taken orally.  Just like the fact that the high is limitless, the dosage of cannabinoids that attack cancer cells is limitless.  Cancer patients are told to take very large doses that they have to work themselves up to.  This is because it has effectively removed the cells in patients with consistent heavy use on multiple occasions.  If you’re interested in this topic and would like to learn more about testimonials and the potential life saving medicine please look up the documentary called “Run from the Cure”.

While people often try to demonize this new trend of use in the cannabis culture, the chemical remains the same.  Tetrahydrocannabinol.  It is unlike other substances and will not kill you or harm you in the same way cannabis doesn’t.  It is simply a more concentrated form that often makes use more efficient and effective for consumers and patients alike.