Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Growers looking to get award winning genetics need look no further than IDK Farms. IDK Farms is dedicated to providing the seeds needed to grow the top strains. They have won numerous awards for their work, including an award for best CBD flower at the High Times Cannabis Cup. High CBD strains are becoming increasingly important in the medical marijuana industry as the compound is full of medical benefits, yet does not cause the ‘high’ associated with high THC medication.
Every day new strains are being introduced here in Michigan, as well as in other parts of the world. Often, strains are cross-bred in order to keep particular characteristics. This process has lead us to the look, aroma, and taste we enjoy most. Some favorites include Blue Dream, White Widow, and Pineapple Express. Hybridization has even lead to the rebirth of CBD dominant strains, such as Cannatonic. However, Landrace strains have secluded themselves in different areas of the world for long periods of time. A landrace strain by definition is a strain that has never been bred and has grown isolated in the wild. Some of these forefather strains include Acapulco Gold of Southwest Mexico, Thai natively from Thailand, and Maui Waui originally found in the volcanic soil of Hawaii.
You’d think it’d be the sights and sounds that draw the faithful to the annual High Times Cannabis Cup. But it’s really the anticipation…
For those who’ve never attended one, the buildup and hype associated with the annual smoking event is enough to generously stoke the fires of curiosity. For decades, the High Times Cannabis Cup could only be attended by those with the means to get themselves to Amsterdam. That’s a far cry for most Americans…and I’m not just talking about the distance. So now that the Cup has come to the U.S., it is more accessible to everyone. In fact, there are now several High Times Cannabis Cups that take place annually around the USA with more fated to appear as more States continue to turn pro.
As always, the 4/20 holidayz brought the crews from High Times to Denver. This was my third year attending the event, so I kinda knew what to expect. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have my own fair share of heated expectancy. It’s the people I get excited to see.
Will we let massive money monopolize marijuana in Michigan? Or can we win cannabis freedom with MILegalize?
Michigan cannabis law reform leaders met Feb. 8 to plan for the next two years. During this meeting the idea of a comprehensive cannabis ballot initiative came into being. Why not reform all aspects of cannabis policy, - legalization, medical, and hemp! Why not do it all and do it right? We could even win the farmers vote! We realized we could create an initiative that would:
At the Hash Bash in Ann Arbor on April 4, I heard the crowd cheering FREE THE WEED over and over again. Speeches all afternoon on the Diag and at the Monroe Street Fair two blocks away repeatedly ended with the same exhortation. It seems to be an idea whose time has finally come.
All medical marijuana that is grown outdoors in this state must comply with Michigan House Bill 4851, which amended the MMMA.
According to these rules, all outdoor cultivation must not be “visible to the unaided eye from an adjacent property when viewed by an individual at ground level or from a permanent structure” and must be “grown within a stationary structure that is enclosed on all sides, except at the base, by chain link fencing, wooden slats, or a similar material that prevents access by the general public and that is anchored, attached or affixed to the ground, located on land that is owned, leased, or rented by the registered patient or caregiver and restricted to that grower’s access.
The vote green initiative project (VGIP) was started as a cannabis law reform idea. The idea is that people from around Michigan could get together on both state and local campaigns to change marijuana laws and promote the individual right to get involved in government to make change. Over the last four years the VGIP has held numerous meetings around the state, completed multiple local petition drives to remove penalties for marijuana in their local communities, started a lobby for small business owners called the Cannabis Stakeholders Group, and commissioned two first rate polls that have been picked up by the mainstream press.
British Columbia- Every year since 1995, Vancouver has held a 4/20 celebration/protest. Similar to Michigan’s legendary Hash Bash, the 4/20 rally sees thousands of like-minded pot-loving individuals come together to protest the restrictions on the plant. The first rally in 1995 had roughly 200 people packed into a small park, listening to music and smoking marijuana openly. Since then the rally has outgrown the park it started in and has had to move to the Vancouver Art Gallery. What started as a gathering of people just wanting to sit and enjoy the herb has turned into a huge marijuana farmers market where people can buy everything from buds to concentrates to clones. The 4/20 protest has live music, many booths with glassware and medibles, plus speakers to educate the crowd about medical marijuana, activism, and political involvement. The crowd this year was around 10,000, peaking with 13,000 at the 4:20 countdown and annual free joint toss. While many city officials would like to see the organizers of the demonstration obtain an official permit for their event, the coordinators maintain the rally is a protest; not an event or festival and therefore they do not need a permit.
NATIONWIDE- The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) is funded by the federal government with the task of determining the risks and benefits of marijuana. This month the NIDA has officially acknowledged the capacity of marijuana to kill various cancer cells. According to the NIDA website, “Recent animal studies have shown that marijuana can kill certain cancer cells and reduce the size of others. Evidence from one animal study suggests that extracts from whole-plant marijuana can shrink one of the most serious types of brain tumors. Research in mice showed that these extracts, when used with radiation, increased the cancer-killing effects of the radiation.”
Ann Arbor- Hash Bash was back in full swing this year with nearly 8,000 people attending. Started by John Sinclair in 1972, Hash Bash has been a way for marijuana-loving Michigander’s to peacefully protest the prohibition of the drug and to focus on reforming the marijuana laws in Michigan. Every year the crowd seems to grow larger and with speakers such as comedian and marijuana activist, Tommy Chong; Lansing Mayor, Virg Bernero; hash bash originator, John Sinclair; State Representative Jeff Irwin, and many others it is easy to see why the event was a huge success.