Thursday, September 30, 2010

20X LED Illuminated Jeweler's Loupe

20X LED Illuminated Jeweler s LoupeFrom the website...
"20X LED Illuminated Jeweler Magnifier is great for the watch making industry, specially for inspecting the tiny objects. Constructed with metal material with optical glass, it is great for jewelry, coins, stamps and antiques etc."

MrLunk adds:
"And great to check your homegrown to see if the trichomes are 'ripe' yet and if it's time to harvest or to marvell at the wonders of nature when the dried bud is sparkling in the light"

I ordered and received this little thing and I am wonderfully pleased at the quality :)
This won't be leaving my pocket...

Link to shop where I bought it...
Monday, September 27, 2010

CannaBiZ - Cannabis / Marijuana industry in Canada

Thursday January 28, 2010 at 9 pm on CBC-TV

Canada's $20 billion-dollar marijuana industry is now at a violent crossroads between crime and commerce. Impossible to police, yet steadily gaining public acceptance, the cannabis industry is now so vast and vital to Canada's national economy that it can no longer be ignored.

CannaBiz unfolds in Grand Forks, BC, a small border town nestled in the Kootenay Mountains, where draft dodgers planted the first "BC Bud" in the 1960s. After the pine beetle chewed through what was left of the forest industry, marijuana became the backbone of the local economy. In secret forest plots, basements, barns and high-tech underground bunkers, growers nurture some of the world's most potent bud. Most of the marijuana here, and in the rest of Canada, is destined for the US market, where a pound of premium weed sells for a street price of $4,500.

Across the country, formerly laid-back marijuana growers now live in fear of armed thieves, and smugglers take huge risks to cross the beefed up American border. Conflicted police and RCMP officers like Harland Venema continue to fight a seemingly futile battle. In Grand Forks, Brian Taylor, once nicknamed "the marijuana mayor", is campaigning for medical marijuana as a prescription for economic prosperity. Ex con Sam Mellace dreams of supplying medical marijuana nationally through Shoppers Drug Mart outlets.

With inside access to growers, gangsters and police, CannaBiz untangles the inner workings of the marijuana industry and raises serious questions about Canada's drug laws. Stephen Easton, a leading Canadian economist, recommends the end to marijuana prohibition, yet the government's position is to get even tougher on an industry that now employs as many Canadians as the auto industry. Are the staggering profits from the cannabis industry better off in the pockets of hard-core smugglers and criminal gangs, or would the Canadian economy benefit from taxing this exploding industry?

CannaBiz is written and directed by Lionel Goddard and Chris Aikenhead for Omni Film Productions in association with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pot-ICE-Cream for medical Marijuana Users

A new medical marijuana dispensary in Soquel is offering its customers a tasty alternative to smoking: enjoying a bowl of pot-infused ice cream.
At Crème De Cana, the half pints of ice cream have titles that may have Ben and Jerry taking notes.
The current flavors owner Jonathan Kolodinski offers at Creme De Canna, which opened last week, are Banannabis Foster, Straw-Mari Cheesecake and TRIPLE Chocolate Brownie. Kolodinski said more flavors are in the works.
Kolodinksi said he is offering the ice cream as a healthy alternative to patients who do not want to smoke medical marijuana, and so far, business is off to a smoking start.
"Everybody who's tried it has said they absolutely love it. A lot of people come back for seconds, thirds and fourths," Kolodinksi said.
At $15 a piece, the half-pints of ice cream are potent.
Klodinski said there are about two to four doses of cannabis for each half-pint, which means finishing one would be similar to smoking an eighth of high-grade marijuana, the equivalent of eight joints.
Klodinski said that critics of his pot-laced ice cream shouldn't worry if the concoction is grabbing the wrong sort of attention, because in the end, his goal is to help his patients.
"We very explicitly label all our products with a marijuana leaf that says 'Keep out of reach of children'. We have been very mindful," Klodinski said. "I've got a daughter. I come from a very conservative family." Also, the card-carrying marijuana patients cannot eat the ice cream at the collective.
While the city of Santa Cruz has banned more dispensaries from opening up in the city, the county of Santa Cruz does not have any laws currently in place.
County Supervisor John Leopold has been trying to put an ordinance in place that would regulate marijuana retailers.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

MPP-TV: Marijuana Two-Minute Truths

Why the Government Says Marijuana Kills Brain Cells…

Over 100 million Americans have tried it at least once, and now 15 states have legalized medical marijuana.
1. Mounting evidence has shown it is far less dangerous than alcohol and cigarettes, legal medicines, and even caffeine, yes that’s right you can OD on coffee.
2. No person has ever overdosed on marijuana ever, not once in the history of the world. It is simply not toxic enough. 450,000+ die each year from tobacco cigarettes, while a good 50,000+ die from alcohol overdose.
3. Those high on marijuana are less likely to commit violent acts, not more likely. In fact, I watched a video on youtube about a British test where a man was given a marijuana joint to smoke and then was given a driving test. He performed better high. Marijuana actually makes you far more cautious
4. IT DOES NOT LEAD TO LUNG CANCER. A natural grown plant simply is not toxic enough to cause lung cancer
5. It does not kill brain cells. In fact, studies are showing that it may in fact STIMULATE brain cells. Read about it here
6. It is about as addictive as a peanut, and there are no withdrawl symptoms. I havent smoke in, lets see, one month tomorrow, and I have felt nothing wrong with me.
7. The gateway theory is false. If you watch Penn & Tellers bull****, numerous studies have shown that alcohol and cigarettes are far more likely to lead to hard drugs. The reason you don’t hear about this is because they are multi-billion dollar industries.


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Motive Kestrel car: a Canadian cannabis marvel

The search for alternative fuels and modes of transportation that are environmentally friendly has taken a new, green turn. Motive Industries of Calgary, Alberta, has announced plans to introduce Canada’s first bio-composite electric car, reports Fast Company. Kestrel is the name, and hemp is the green construction material. It’s a cannabis-constructed car.

Every cannabis car needs its Hempcar Manifesto

The Kestrel will no doubt spur clouds of controversy. But’s 10,000-mile test run of a hemp biofueled vehicle proved that it could work. The Kestrel – at least in early stages – will be made partly from hemp, but won’t run on hemp biofuel. The U.S. has yet to make cultivating industrial hemp legal, though, so they won’t know what it’s like. There are no psychoactive elements to industrial hemp, and it isn’t a drug, so the Americans’ stance is strange, considering the potential benefits.

Hemp from Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

The supply chain for hemp starts at a farm in Vegreville, Alberta, and makes its way to Alberta Innovates Technology Futures. That company then supplies the hemp for the Kestrel. Hemp for body construction is lightweight, renewable and as strong as glass composite, reports Fast Company. Motive isn’t ready to start producing Kestrels on an assembly line just yet, but testing of a prototype should certainly begin before 2010 comes to a close.

Henry Ford knew about hemp fuel back in 1925

“The fuel of the future is going to come from fruit like that sumach out by the road, or from apples, weeds, sawdust — almost anything,” said the prescient Henry Ford to the New York Times during the Great Depression. “There is fuel in every bit of vegetable matter that can be fermented,” Ford continued.
Among the weeds Ford recognized was hemp. This is a safe assumption because he made a car out of resin-stiff hemp fibers. It ran on hemp-based ethanol. Ford could have saved the country’s farmers from the grip of the Great Depression. There would have been mutual benefit. But then came the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. There had been a series of battles leading to that point in Congressional history. Once the DuPont company and newspaper uber-baron William Randolph Hearst had their say, hemp was buried beneath pages of laws. Ford’s path of innovation was closed.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Cannabis Pain Medication proof...

Two separate clips from the CBC programs, Connect w/ Mark Kelley (13 min.) and The National News (8 min.) televised on 08/30/10. Providing clinical proof that re-confirms the cannabis plants many therapeutic values.


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