How to Avoid a Cannabis Arrest

Thankfully the topic of this article is becoming less relevant for more and more people across the United States as we slowly but surely reform our drug laws.  Even though several states have legalized the plant for all adults and lots of others are protected from prosecution due to a medical cannabis laws.  However, for some Americans it’s no safer than it was when President Nixon launched the war on drugs during the 1970’s.  If you live in my home state of Michigan, the threat of arrest for marijuana is still very real if you’re not a registered patient.  The good news is if you’re still liable for arrest in your home state for possessing/using marijuana, there are a number of things to drastically reduce your chances of being arrested.

The number one thing that I tell all my friends and people who use cannabis is do not smoke it in your car!  This tip is so important, yet it’s ignored by countless smokers who enjoy a hot box or love smoking while on the go.  If you plan on driving that car and you also plan on possessing marijuana you better make sure that it’s completely scent free before hitting the road again.  Cops will immediately have the right to search you and they will find your marijuana if you had some on you.  The thing that drives me crazy is that it is completely avoidable.  Use a different car for the hot box or simply go for a walk and smoke outside.  This the most valuable piece of advice and if you only do one thing to protect yourself from prosecution, don’t smoke in the car!

The next best tip I can give is too keep your stash at home and bring only what you know you will need to use with you in the car.  If you followed the previous step, there should be no reason for the police to search your vehicle on the way to your destination.  Never consent to a search because if they have a reason they wouldn’t have to ask for your permission.  When your only carrying what you plan on using at your buddies house or for the weekend trip, then on the way back you are completely clean.  This is 50% of your commute completely eliminated of risk just because you planned ahead.  Marijuana is always safer a home and you are guaranteed far more protections then a vehicle which is subject to search at any time with the help of a drug dog.  If marijuana always stayed at the home(highly unlikely) your chances of being busted are slim to none.  Unless you are growing your own, then you are going to have to be driving with it to pick it up and bring it back at the minimum.  Ask your connection to deliver if possible to eliminate this.  Always remember the privacy of your home can not be compared with anything.

Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people in the remaining black market you will have to drive in possession of this plant.  That’s where my final well known tip comes in, obey all traffic laws at all times when driving with cannabis.  There are plenty of idiots on the road willing to draw the attention of the police away from you.  Speeders are everywhere as well as people who do not signal or ride to close to the car in front of them.  This should definitely comfort you knowing the probability is a lot lower.  It’s definitely still there however and the number of cars on the road also makes a big difference.  Driving home at 1 a.m from a friends house is going to draw more attention to you while following all the laws then 5p.m. on a Friday.

If you take everything into consideration discussed in the article i can guarantee that your chances of smoking in peace are increased.  Until the laws are changed for everyone in this beautiful country, many of us are at risk.  It’s sick and a crime to arrest people for putting something into their own bodies but it doesn’t mean our society won’t do it.  Be safe out there!

 

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Massachusetts Cannabis Prohibition is Over

Although it was November 8th of this year when Massachusetts voted to eliminate penalties for personal consumption and cultivation of marijuana, the law officially takes effect today.  For legal sales, the soonest we’ll see stores opening is not until January of 2018 however.  This is huge as Massachusetts is the first state on the east coast to implement a law like this.  Maine also passed the ballot measure to legalize marijuana but it hasn’t taken effect yet.  Keep in mind, these two states are very far away from the next closest recreational state of Colorado.  This is definitely a victory worth celebrating and is the best example of an effective drug policy outside the western coastal area.

So what can the people of Massachusetts do exactly without going to prison or facing fines?  What they should have always been able to do, cultivate and bring up to an oz of buds with them on their person.  At home, the rule is 6 plants per person and total of 12 per household.  You can also have up to 10 ounces kept at home.  Prices at the recreational shops are sure to be ridiculously high when first starting out, so make sure to start your grow now and save some serious cash come 2018.  Tax rates in the state are supposed to be low in comparison to other states like Colorado, Washington, and Oregon but the law of supply and demand the first opening months will guarantee some pricey buds.

For those of us that can’t grow because they don’t have the resources, knowledge, or time to put into an operation, there are no new options for obtaining cannabis.  It’s illegal for people to sell and advertise on Craigslist and other sites so still go to your connection that you used before it became legal.  There is no real legal way to purchase weed it’s suppose to just appear from nothing.(wouldn’t be so bad)  Sticking to this method will not put the consumer at any additional risk instead of going to someone new who is openly advertising illegally.  There have been plenty of cases on the news of police operations based on this idea in other states.  This is a huge moment in history for personal freedom and I am just smiling thinking about the real crime that will be stopped, and the innocent lives that will be saved from the permanent damage of a criminal record.  As long as you remember not to use in public or surpass the limits allowed, you can sleep at night knowing you’re no longer considered a criminal.

The Clear Concentrates Review

If you guys have already heard of The Clear brand I would not be too surprised.  I also had heard of this brand for a while before finally purchasing a pen and some of the flavored cartridges and WOW.  In the past I have used different kinds of personal vaporizers designed to be stealthy that you put wax or bud in but this thing is on a whole different level.  You don’t have to carry any bud or wax on you; all you need is the cartridge that is preloaded and only smells and tastes like the flavor you purchased.  Once the cartridge is empty, you throw it away with the mouthpiece and simply attach your new one on.

To go into some further detail on the cartridges, they are not very large in actual size but last much longer then you would expect.  If you use it several times throughout the day it will still last 3-5 days easily.  That is not bad at all, and if you’re like me the main reason of using this is to have something on the go and be able to use it pretty much anywhere scent free!  The flavors are very accurately labeled and are quite enjoyable and easy to keep puffing on if your not careful.  Tell people it’s an e-cig it looks just like the one’s with tobacco e liquids.  The pen once fully charged via USB lasts all day long and makes it easy to recharge if it doesn’t last for periods of heavier usage.  The ooze pen that I bought at the dispensary with the cartridges allows you to take bigger pulls then expected from its size.  As far as potency goes, if you’re a heavy medical user with a  large tolerance it takes about 3-4 to really feel relaxed which is impressive.  I’ve passed it to a few friends who said 1-2 was plenty to feel the effects.

I definitely recommend trying them out if you’re the type of person that is always on the go and would enjoy a easy and discreet way to use your medicine.  Using couldn’t be any easier as there’s no cleaning or maintenance to be done and all you do is pull to get a hit no wait or button pushing.  The only negative I would mention if anything is that the cartridges are expensive and vary in price by area of dispensary.  Here it’s not too bad and  still worth it but can definitely become a real expense if you start to enjoy it too much.  Price goes 3 for $100 where I live right now and if the price is right get some for yourself, you won’t regret it!

November’s Election- How Much Momentum will be Gained?

There is one thing to look out for in this November elections other than our great presidential candidates.  Cannabis initiatives will appear before voters in 9 different states.  This includes recreational and medical marijuana measures, all individually important in each jurisdiction. The initiatives for recreational use include California, Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada.  If all were to pass it would be the most recreational cannabis initiatives passed in a single election year and bring the serious momentum we need for long awaited federal change.  While going state by state is likely the only way to do this, it’s a painfully slow process to wait for a beneficial regulatory system to be put in place countrywide.  Three other states: Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota will decide whether or not to allow suffering patients legal access to the plant.  Minnesota also will  be voting on whether or not to ease their strict restrictions when it comes to their medical marijuana program.

So starting with California it is probably the most important and crucial win for this election cycle.  This is mainly because of the large population of Americans that live in the state of California.  A large number of people are going to experience two different worlds when they visit other parts of the country after an initiative.like this.  The polar opposites of being thrown in jail and purchasing it from a store is going to apply pressure on law makers to do something sooner then later.  From what I’ve read it has a good chance of passing compared to other states like Arizona.  A similar proposal failed to pass back in 2010 but also was not during an election year where voter turnout will be increased.

Like mentioned earlier, it appears that voter support for recreational cannabis is lower in the state of Arizona.  This does not mean that it will not pass by any measure.  Estimates will always just be estimates.  The law allows for possession of one ounce and six plants at home.  Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada would be the first move for legal weed out east.  All these states already have medical marijuana programs in place.  My prediction is 4 out of 5 or greater of these measures pass and we start to see great change in the perception of the effects these businesses and laws have on the community and economy.  It’s already very clear in states like Colorado that has had similar laws in place for years how positive these changes are but they will become evident to many more while the movement continues to spread.  Get out and vote if you’re in these states and let’s stop this important change from being delayed any longer.

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!