In January of 2012 I received a humble looking hand-held vaporizer named the “Lotus“. It didn’t look like much – just a simple body resembling that of a normal spoon pipe, and an interesting cap with a nickel heating pad. After the trial runs, I wrote a glowing review and praised the Lotus for being cost effective, durable, ergonomic and just all-around good. I predicted the Lotus would last a lifetime if left to its own devices, since the design is so simple and sturdy. Let’s take a look back on how this device has actually fared over the last two years.
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I’ll tell you. But first, a little back-story:
Awhile back, I was pulled over for minor traffic infraction and subsequently arrested for possessing a (fairly small) amount of marijuana, a grinder and a scale. I also had in my possession anti-psychotic pills, and a single .5 mg alprazolam. I was taken to jail and charged in one of the most strict, law-and-order counties, in a notoriously conservative state. Needless to say, this was a pretty open-and-shut case, and I didn’t stand much chance.
Storing weed is another of those forgettably simple tasks that can cause anxiety in the inexperienced cannabis enthusiast. Transporting and shipping weed is a process that can cause anxiety for any level of user. Both storage and transportation can be important to your legal safety as well as to the continued potency of your drugs, and they’re both rife with myths and misunderstandings. Let’s sort through this mess and try to clean it up.
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This has been updated with lots of new information relating to Supreme Court rulings. It had been neglected since 08, so it was due for a freshening up! All credit goes to VladTemplar for originally writing this.
So you want to know the state of the law eh? Then listen up.
NOTICE – Miranda has changed, scroll down to “The most important words you may ever say”
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Use this handy dosing spreadsheet made by the friendly mitztronic over at TCC! Play with the variables in the top-left area to get different results and figure out what will work best for you. Keep in mind this is of course a very basic and rough guideline, and not something you should put infinite faith into. If you’re on a Mac or don’t have Office on your PC I recommend downloading something like OpenOffice to use this resource.
DOWNLOAD IT HERE: Marihuana_Identification_1938
An awesome dude on a forum I frequent was kind enough to share this gem with the world. Bit of backstory – before the DEA was even a wet dream in Nixon’s young mind, the US Govt established the Federal Bureau of Narcotics to combat the growing epidemic of cannabis use. In 1937, marijuana possession or transfer was first made illegal at the federal level, except for in medical situations. So shortly thereafter, they published this document to help the first interdiction officers combat the evil marijuana plant. Here’s a couple excerpts from the thing if you’re afraid to download a 6 mb pdf:
This new Flex Your Rights video explores an argument I’ve seen over and over throughout the internet. Asserting your rights is all candy and dandelions when it works, but in the real world it isn’t necessarily a straight-forward scenario. And honestly, this is not a perfect video, but certainly worth a watch. A major point I’d like to note, however, that could cause some potential confusion – when a police officer calls in a K9 unit, they will have a maximum detention time that they can wait for it. It’s usually a pretty long while – 25 minutes or so – but you aren’t just free to go if they don’t have PC. And unfortunately you’ll likely be handcuffed on the side of an uncomfortable highway. Yay!
Just got back from the Marley Fest on Auditorium shores, downtown Austin. Checked out the unveiling of the new Willie Nelson statue as well! Enjoy these shitty cell-phone pics of my endeavors:
Several places are reporting a raid on Oaksterdam University by federal agents this morning. Check the LA Times coverage of the event here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/04/federal-agents-serve-warrants-at-oakland-medical-cannabis-school.html