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We won, now what?

OK, I lived to see marijuana legal (again) in my dear sweet Alaska, and I will be in one of the lines to buy the first legal bag, or behind a counter selling it. But now that we have a legal leg to stand on we need to make certain that it is not swept out from under us, nailed down, hobbled or mired in such excessive regulation that it is worse then it was before.

We must be vigilant that small home growers are not required to post huge bonds, or submit to random searches, or have their homes and children taken away because they had a gun and a pot plant in the same structure. we must demand that the law serve the public good and not subvert the intent of the law.

We can not allow there to be a strong front of sour grapes losers framing the laws and forcing regulations that will be detrimental to the winning side. I think we can all agree that the current regulations for alcohol could be transferred to marijuana as it relates to public consumption, school zones, etc. If you can’t build a Liquor store in a given location you can’t open a Pot Outlet there either. But what about Medical Clinics? What if they want to keep valid medical dispensaries or clinics out of accepted medical zoned areas?

Holding a coveted “Commercial Cultivation License” should come at a cost equal to that of a Liquor license, no more and no less, per unit taxes should not be excessive, like not a combination of Fed and State tax, because we all know the Feds can’t tax something they say is illegal anyway, right?

We should strive to make certain Home Grown is just that, no Big Bag Stores moving in and dominating the market, like you should need to be able to show three years back PFD checks in order to get a Growers License or a Retail Outlet License.

There is going to be a lot of work done in the next 90 days, and the year that follows, shaping Alaska’s marijuana market, there are fortunes to be made and we need to make sure those fortunes are Alaskan and stay in Alaska.

Board of Alcoholic Beverage Control Marijuana Initiative FAQs

  • Can I sell or buy marijuana legally starting today?

No. Per AS 15.45.220, the act becomes effective 90 days after certification. Until that date, all current statutes and regulations relating to marijuana are in full force and effect.

  • Is the ABC Board keeping a list of individuals or businesses interested in starting a marijuana business that I can put my name on?

No. The act gives a time period for developing regulations for licensing marijuana growers and sellers. These regulations must be written and codified before individuals or businesses may apply for licenses.

  • Will individual communities be able to opt out of marijuana manufacture and sales?

Yes. The act provides for local option elections that permit a community in Alaska to opt out of manufacture and sales of marijuana. Communities will continue to be bound by authority regarding individual constitutional privacy rights as set forth by the Supreme Court in Ravin v. Alaska.

  • What types of licenses will be available?

The types of licenses and process for acquiring them have yet to be determined. The act gives a time period of nine months for the State of Alaska to develop regulations for licensing.

  • Who is going to write the regulations for marijuana manufacture and sales?

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has been tasked with drafting the regulations relating to the manufacture and sale of marijuana products. The initiative also allows the Legislature to create a separate Marijuana Control Board if they desire which could assume the responsibility for crafting the regulations governing the marijuana industry.

  • Who will administer the licenses and enforce regulatory restrictions on the licenses?

The act provides that the ABC Board will be responsible for regulating marijuana like alcohol unless the legislature creates a separate Marijuana Control Board.

http://commerce.state.ak.us/dnn/abc/resources/MarijuanaInitiativeFAQs.aspx#

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Since Denver legalized pot sales, revenue is up and crime is down

If America’s first marijuana legalization experiment is any indication, the end of prohibition can start smoothly. Since retail sales of recreational marijuana began in Colorado, revenues from marijuana sales have continued trending up. At the same time, crime in Denver, home of most recreational marijuana shops in the state, has dropped nearly across the board. Colorado and Denver’s experiment with legalization is, in other words, going well. The state is seeing its coffers filled with some extra revenue, as expected. And crime, despite warnings from law enforcement officials, isn’t rising.

Read More: http://www.vox.com/2014/5/13/5711370/since-denver-legalized-pot-sales-revenue-is-up-and-crime-is-down

SAM

Today I would like to issue an open challenge to Smart Approaches to Marijuana from http://learnaboutsam.com/, I will address the claims made in their PDF Ten messages against legalization.

I would love to hear a rebuttal from them on my points, but I don’t believe for one minute that they will respond to honest concerns in an open forum.

1.Marijuana legalization will usher in America’s new version of “Big Tobacco.”

•Already, private holding groups and financiers have raised millions of startup dollars to promote businesses that will sell marijuana and marijuana related merchandise.
•Cannabis food and candy is being marketed to children and are already responsible for a growing number of marijuana related ER visits. Edibles with names such as “Ring Pots” and “Pot Tarts” are inspired by common children candy and desserts. Several, profitable vending machines containing products such as marijuana brownies are emerging throughout the country

The former head of Strategy for Microsoft has said that he wants to “mint more millionaires than Microsoft” with marijuana and that he wants to create the “Starbucks of marijuana.”

No, it won’t, “Big Tobacco” is marketing an addictive poison that kills thousands every year. Marijuana has not killed anyone in all recorded history. Private enterprise thriving in America is a good thing, for Americans, it is a bad thing for Mexican Drug Cartels that by your own figures will stand to loose 25% of their American illegal drug market. Alcohol has “Lemonaide Icy Pops, Booze filled Chocolate candy, Rum Cake, and any manner of comestibles involving alcohol in some manner, why should much safer (by leagues) marijuana be held to such a vastly higher standard than a poison? Which Cartel has donated the most money to you for aiding them in their business?

2.Marijuana use will increase under legalization

  • Because they are accessible and available, our legal drugs are used far more than our illegal ones. According to recent surveys, alcohol use is used by 52% of Americans and tobacco is used by 27% of Americans. Marijuana is used by 8% of Americans.
  • When RAND researchers analyzed California’s 2010 effort to legalize marijuana, they concluded that the price of the drug could plummet and therefore marijuana consumption could increase.

By your logic we should immediately make alcohol and tobacco illegal and reduce their use by at least 30 to 40%.
Tobacco and Alcohol are both addictive, dependency producing drugs. Marijuana has some minor psychological addictive properties, (“Wow, I like this stuff, I don’t want to stop!”) but no demonstrated physical addictive properties.

3. Marijuana is especially harmful to kids and adolescents.

 

  • Marijuana contributes to psychosis and schizophrenia, addiction for 1 in 6 kids who ever use it once, and it reduces IQ among those who started smoking before age 18
  • According to data from the 2012 National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse, alcohol and cigarettes were the most readily accessible substances for youth 12 to 17, with 50% and 44%, respectively, reporting that they could obtain them within a day. Youth were least likely to report that they could get marijuana within a day (31%); 45% report that they would be unable to get marijuana at all.

Marijuana makes psychosis and schizophrenia easier to identify when it is already present, it does not contribute to it other than making cases easier to identify at an earlier age and therefore properly treat sooner.
Your whole access argument is a smoke screen not even worth addressing. If Kid’s get booze and cigs they get sick and puke or die. If they get Pot they get paranoid and eat too much Pizza. Am I advocating weed for kids? No, I’m telling you to stop holding them up like hostage shields.

4.Today’s marijuana is NOT your Woodstock weed.

  • In the 1960s and ‘70s, THC levels of the marijuana smoked by baby boomers averaged around 1%, increasing to just under 4% in 1983, and almost tripling in the subsequent 30 years to around 11% in 2011.

As marijuana potency has increased so has the overall understanding by Americans that it has no true harmful effects. I have had marijuana that tested at 22% THC and it was quite delightful. Honey Oil is vastly higher in THC and again there has never been a death reported from the use of this concentrate. More is better, we need 80% THC and 90% CBD strains!

5. Marijuana legalization will increase public costs.

  • For every $1 in alcohol and tobacco tax revenues, society loses $10 in social costs, from accidents to health damage.

Yea, and What the FUCK does that have to do with Marijuana?? Marijuana HEALS people, it does not hurt them.

  • The Lottery and other forms of gambling have not solved our budget problems, either. Few people are currently in prison for marijuana possession (in fact, only 0.1 % of prisoners with no prior offenses) and current alcohol arrest rates are over three times higher than marijuana arrest rates.

Your figures, as usual, are manipulated and in gross error. “According to the US Department of Justice,  30-40 percent of all current prison admissions involve crimes that have no direct or obvious victim other than the perpetrator,” the report shows. “The drug category constitutes the largest offense category, with 31 percent of all prison admissions resulting from such crimes.” Nearly a third of all prison admissions are from non violent drug offenses!” I would address you next 5 statements but they are just as bloted with useless code as the first 5 and I don’t feel like spending another hour cleaning it up so I can post it here. If I do get any response to the first 5 I’ll consider posting the last 5.

In closing, SAM, you should be ashamed, lies, scare tactics, data manipulation to show things that are not actually there, you seem to be pulling every trick from the Third Reichs Disinformation Minister’s guide to creating a “truth” from lies.

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In the news…

Alaska Hemp has made the AlaskaDispatch with a great article by Laurel Andrews.

“I just think marijuana’s going to revolutionize things in Alaska as much as oil ever did. The prospect for jobs and new business start-ups is phenomenal. All Alaskans should be excited about it,” said Bill Fikes, a disabled veteran and owner of the website Alaska Hemp who is looking to start a cannabis grow operation should the initiative succeed.

With some “creative financing” — money from investors with relatively deep pockets — Fikes said he is already in negotiations with business partners about starting up a major grow operation and dispensary. He said they have a property owner lined up who is interested in housing the necessary infrastructure, and several growers who have specific strains they’d like to grow. He wants to start a dispensary in Wasilla, and maybe Anchorage too.

Fikes is starting to do this work now, way in front of the vote on the ballot measure, to “try and at least get a little head start on the carpetbaggers,” he said, referring to people and businesses he believes will come to Alaska to cash in on the new market. Big business that has already made millions in Colorado and Washington will not be far behind once the initiative passes, Fikes said. “I think they’re going to see Alaska as a major expansion marketplace.”

Read the entire article at: http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20140304/alaska-entrepreneurs-look-ahead-marijuana-legalization-vote

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Holy Hoppy Hemp!

Blueberry Honey GlazeI had some very interesting buddage laid on me the other day, a local Alaskan Blueberry strain that was soil grown and during the final flushing a small bit of organic honey was added to the watering. The effect was a dramatic increase in the crystals, and I’m thinking a corresponding increase in the high. Another interesting thing that I have not noticed before is a Hops like bud structure.

Hops

Hops

Hoppy Hemp 2It also seems like the buds bulked quite a bit over the previous grow where the organic honey was not used. I’ll be scouring the net to find out what the Hop like structure is all about but if anyone has seen it before I’d love to hear from them.

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