Ask a Stoner: Is Weed Considered Kosher?

Dear Stoner: I was recently celebrating Jewish New Year, and my family and I began wondering if cannabis can be kosher? What about edibles?
Joe

Dear Joe: Happy New Year! If you want to celebrate your next Rosh Hashanah with reefer and feel strongly about respecting your religion, there do appear to be some safety nets or loopholes. Keeping kosher means that no products or ingredients from non-kosher animals or other substances proscribed by Jewish law are used. In a vacuum, cannabis is just vegetation and so appears to qualify. But if you consider growing nutrients and cannabis product additives, then things might not be so kosher.

Smoking cannabis could find a gray area in the Jewish faith, but eating has more challenges.

Smoking cannabis could find a gray area in the Jewish faith, but eating has more challenges.

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The answer also depends on the rabbi you ask. Although some rabbis still consider cannabis a forbidden substance, an influential rabbi once told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that smoking cannabis “isn’t not kosher,” while the Times of Israel reported that a rabbi proclaimed marijuana okay for medical reasons. Edibles, obviously, are another story, as they can contain cooking and diary products from animals that may not be kosher. There are several cannabis edible companies that claim to have kosher certification, but we’re not aware of any in Colorado. Easy answer: Make your own and keep things kosher.

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Ask a Stoner: Is Cannabis Considered a PED in Sports Now?

Dear Stoner: I understand why some sports leagues ban weed because it’s illegal, but I saw a fighter get in trouble for using weed, and it was labeled “performance enhancing.” So weed is a PED now?
Abe

Dear Abe: Professional sports leagues such as the NFL, NBA or MLB have their own collective-bargaining agreements and drug-testing policies that dictate how cannabis use among players is regulated, but competitors participating in fighting organizations like the UFC or international competitions like the Olympics follow the rules of their respective country’s anti-doping organization or the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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You might be fast, but are you blazing?

According to the United States Anti-Doping Agency, which follows WADA’s rules, cannabis can cause muscle relaxation and reduce pain after workouts while also decreasing anxiety and tension, “resulting in better sport performance under pressure.” WADA and the USADA also say that pot increases focus and risk-taking behaviors, “allowing athletes to forget bad falls or previous trauma in sport, and push themselves past those fears in competition.” However, the organizations also cite “health risks,” and note that pot’s illegal status in most states and countries “does not exhibit the ethics and moral judgment that upholds the spirit of sport.”

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Why Firefly 2 Considered As The King of Concentrate Vaporizers?

The Firefly 2 is a fantastic vaporizer, but one of the things that sets it above its competition is its ability to adapt to any situation. Be it personal or party vaping, be it for maximum impact or discreet use, and of course, be it for dry herbs or concentrates. That’s right, the Firefly 2 vaporizer, if you didn’t know already, is easily adapted to concentrates through a simple accessory which we’ll be breaking down later, but it’s an amazing achievement for this vaporizer to have accomplished because, now, no matter what you’d like to be vaping, you can vape it with ease.

The Firefly 2 Vaporizer is widely considered to be one of the ultimate party vapes. It’s capable of heating up almost instantly, has a massive bowl to it, doesn’t have any kind of auto-shutdown timer, and now that we’re talking about how well it delivers its concentrates; yeah, it’s capable of doing that too. Since the time of the original Firefly, it’s been capable of being passed around from person to person as they each try to capture their perfect, full manual, vaping experience, and many failing along the way. Those that do capture the beauty of the Firefly however grow to really appreciate it’s delicious, lung filling power. That said, the firefly does just as well as a personal session vape, with you being able to take the time to really appreciate the model and sink into your couch as that full convection heat delivers a great toast to your herbs.

How Is The Firefly 2 Capable Of Vaping Concentrates

The Firefly 2 Vaporizer is capable of vaping concentrates through a specific accessory you can purchase separately. Like a few other portable vaporizers, the Firefly 2 vaporizer is capable of vaping waxes, oils and other such concentrates through a specifically designed concentrate pad which fits snugly into the bowl of the Firefly 2. They’re incredibly cheap, super simple to insert and held plenty of concentrate. They’re also easy enough to clean, but concentrate pads are kind of a temporary accessory. Luckily they’re not too expensive to begin with so you can by multiple sets in the same order without breaking the bank. It may be a smart idea to buy one set first to practice with so you can get the hang of the adjustment from dry herb to waxes.

 

The Manual Control

Hands down this has got to be one of the greatest aspects of the Firefly 2 Vaporizer. Manual control is when a you have intuitive control over both the heat and cloud density of the material that you’re vaping. The firefly accomplishes this with two sensors along the side of the vape which can be held down to heat the unit. Taking your fingers off of the sensors will stop the unit from heating any sooner. This should give you, to the exact degree, your ideal vape. To get your ideal vapor density, all you have to do is control how fast you breath in. Longer, deeper breaths will create a much thicker vapor.

Fully manual control vaporizers are rare, but there are others out there. What the Firefly 2 vaporizer has however is the ability to transfer this control over to concentrates, and the only other vaporizer we can think of that can even come close to this function is the Magic Flight Maud Dib, which is a great vaporizer, but nowhere near as advanced. Overall manual control has a reputation for being for die-hard vapors who crave that perfect vaping session, and in terms of achieving that kind of quality, only the Firefly 2 vaporizer seems capable of accomplishing it consistently. There’s definitely a learning curve to it, but those that have managed to come close have really appreciate the uniqueness. The same could be said for the concentrates the Firefly 2 is capable of vaping, which adds the same level of uniqueness and control that traditionally consumed concentrates just aren’t used to seeing.

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A Few Tips

There’s a few things you should know if you’re hoping to get your perfect Firefly 2 concentration session. Firstly, any random concentrate pad will not work. Concentrate pads are often specifically designed for the vaporizer. Depending on the density of the wiring as well as the tightness of the overall wrapping of the pad, you’re going to get different results. Concentrate pads usually expand with the heat so if the wrong concentrate pad is used that isn’t prepared for the kind of heat of a specific vape, it could end up melting or warping and damaging your vape. This especially goes for the Firefly 2 which has a very unpredictable heat given its manual control, so making sure you get Firefly brand concentrate pads is very important.

When you’re ready to remove the concentrate pad, first, always make sure it’s cooled down before removing it, but also find yourself a good tool for wedging between the many pads of the pad and prying it up. The Firefly 2 has to make sure the concentrate pad stays secure during vaping so it’s usually a tight fit, but usually whatever dabbing too your used, or even a paper clip, will work wonders. Really, anything with a thin, metal point should do the trick. Also, don’t be afraid to be a little forceful. The Firefly 2 Vaporizer is a well built piece of kit so it would just break on you.

The Concentrate Experience

As a 100% convection, manual control vape, you can expect the utmost level of respect towards your oils and it will show in the flavor. The convection toastiness you get with dry herbs seamlessly transitions over to the waxes and with the Firefly’s low draw resistance and breath controlled density, you can really fill your lungs with top quality vapor. We’ve been talking a lot about concentrates, but it’s worth pointing out that there’s so many different kind of concentrates. From basic waxes and oils to shatter and budder. They all have different consistencies, but the Firefly 2 Vaporizer manages to vape them all perfectly. We’ve yet to hear of it being incapable of vaping any concentrate to perfection.

So Why Is Firefly Considered The King?

Overwhelming quality of vapor; pure and simple. The Firefly 2 comes out of the gate strong with its manual control that’s been winning people over since it was first released, but that alone isn’t enough to be considered the king. Firefly 2 is considered to be one of the most top market brands, so of course the quality has to be there. In terms of the build materials and the design, the convection heated oven and the concentrate pad accessory that makes vaping concentrates possible to begin with, you can really see that the Firefly 2 vaporizer is a well thought out device, and the ability to adapt it to concentrates was just as well thought out.

Concentrates are easily going to be the way of the future, as is vaping in general, but the fact that these two worlds are colliding in a handful of the smartest vaporizers currently on the market is definitely worthy of notice. Over the next few years, more and more vaporizers will be capable of vaping both dry herbs and concentrates and the absolute ruler of that world will have to be decided soon, and with the Firefly 2 being a firm favourite among die hard vapers and presenting its trademark style and well balanced heating system to the world of concentrates, the Firefly 2 Vaporizer has done a fantastic job bringing itself a lot of attention.

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1 in 13 Young Adults in U.S. Considered Suicide in Past Year

THURSDAY June 16, 2016, 2016 — About one in 13 young adults in the United States had serious thoughts of suicide in 2013-2014, federal officials reported Thursday.

That rate of 7.4 percent translates into 2.6 million Americans between the ages of 18 and 25, researchers said.

“Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among young adults, and it is preventable,” said Kana Enomoto. She’s principal deputy administrator at the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which released the report.

“We need to reach out to young people with the message that help is at hand, and promote effective programs for saving lives by treating people at risk whenever and wherever they need it,” Enomoto added in an agency news release.

One expert said help is out there for the troubled, but more must be done.

“Breaking down barriers regarding mental health, improving access to mental health services, better parental involvement and increasing awareness of crisis intervention hotlines are all necessary,” said Dr. Robert Dicker. He helps direct child and adolescent psychiatry at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, N.Y.

The new report is based on 2013-2014 federal data. The findings also show significant differences in rates of “serious suicidal thoughts” among young adults across various states.

Rates ranged from a high of 10.3 percent in New Hampshire to a low of 6.2 percent in Texas, the study found.

Other states with the highest rates were Alaska, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon and Utah. Some states with the lowest rates were Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Carolina and the District of Columbia.

Why the differences? Dicker said that’s still uncertain.

“Perhaps it may be due to state differences in family fragmentation, differing rates of substance use, depression, economic issues impacting more in some states, differing access to treatment services,” he theorized.

Between 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, the national rate of serious suicidal thoughts among young adults remained about the same. The same was true in each state, with the exception of New Hampshire, where it rose from 8.4 percent to 10.3 percent, according to the report.

The report is “instrumental in highlighting the seriousness and prevalence of the problem,” said Jill Emanuele, a psychologist with the Child Mind Institute’s Anxiety & Mood Disorders Center in New York City.

“Effective mental health treatment and emergency services are available to young adults in need, as well as the population at large,” she stressed.

Still, young Americans could benefit from “expanded awareness and access to mental health services throughout the country,” Emanuele added.

According to the American Association of Suicidology, warning signs of an impending suicide include thinking or talking about killing oneself; increased abuse of alcohol or drugs; a sense of purposelessness or hopelessness; or withdrawal from friends, family or other social contacts.

Additional red flags are uncontrolled anger, recklessness or significant mood changes.

SAMHSA created the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (Lifeline) to provide immediate help to people in crisis. It’s available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers advice on coping with suicidal thoughts.

Posted: June 2016

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Sexual Fantasies: What’s Considered Unusual?

By Liam Davenport
Medscape Medical News

Nov. 7, 2014 — Very few sexual fantasies are uncommon, with both men and women expressing a wide range of fantasies.

Results of a large survey done by investigators at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and the Philippe-Pinel Institute of Montreal, Canada, indicate that both men and women fantasize about domination and submission, and that both themes are commonly reported by the same individual. But there were differences between the sexes, with women less likely to want to act on their fantasies.

“It is clear that one should be careful before labeling a sexual fantasy, as the majority of the 55 on the questionnaire were not found to be either rare or unusual,” the researchers, led by Christian C. Joyal, PhD, write.

The study was published online in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Fantasies Differ for Men and Women

The researchers recruited participants via advertisements in public places, interviews with the researchers on a local radio show and in local daily newspapers and magazines, presentations to groups of elderly people, word of mouth, a Facebook page, and university mailing lists.

Of the 1,516 participants, 799 (52.7%) were women, which is close to the female-to-male ratio of Quebec’s general adult population. The majority of participants (85.1%) described themselves as heterosexual, 3.6% described themselves as homosexual, and the remainder as bisexual.

The research team gave them a modified version of a sex-fantasy questionnaire, bringing it into line with current cultural and social trends. The resulting 55-item questionnaire asked participants to rate fantasies in terms of intensity of interest from 1 (not at all) to 7 (very strong). A final, open question allowed additional fantasies to be gathered.

Sexual fantasies were defined as:

  • Rare if they were shared by fewer than 2.3% of participants  
  • Unusual if shared by fewer than 15.9%
  • Common if shared by more than 50%
  • Typical if shared by more than 84.1%

There were two rare fantasies: sex with a child younger than 12 years, and sex with an animal.

Unusual fantasies for women were of peeing on a partner, being urinated on, cross-dressing, being forced to have sex, abusing an intoxicated person, having sex with a prostitute, and having sex with a small-breasted woman.

For men, unusual fantasies were of peeing on a partner, being urinated on, having sex with two other men, and having sex with more than three men.

Interestingly, only five sexual fantasies were typical:

  • Feeling romantic emotions during a sexual relationship
  • Fantasies in which atmosphere and location are important
  • Ones involving a romantic location
  • Receiving oral sex
  • For men, having sex with two women

Of the remaining fantasies, 23 were common in men, and 11 were common in women.

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All Things Considered, Kentucky’s Inaugural Hemp Crops Look Great

When considering obstacles such as the state’s struggle to find seeds, finally landing a seed shipment only to have the federal government confiscate and detain said shipment, then when the shipment is eventually released and rows are hoed at the designated plots later than planned, it’s a wonder that Kentucky has any hemp to harvest at all!

[fingers are catching their breath]

According to David Williams, an agronomist involved with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s hemp plots, despite all the governmental-hoopla that Kentucky had to deal with, this year’s growing season turned out to be good for cultivating hemp.

“There was plenty of moisture, definitely warm enough for good growth, so even with the late planting date on May 27, the crop has turned out pretty darn well,” Williams affirmed.

Williams says that Kentucky experienced one of the wettest Augusts to date, which may have made up for the belated sowing of seed, and encouraged extra growth.

Williams was also quick to point out that if next year’s rainfall totals are closer to average, it could in fact impact the outcome of the crops.

“Next year, if it’s closer to average in precipitation we would expect to see far less rain and that would have an effect on growth, too,” Williams acknowledged.

Other than having to irrigate the crops at the beginning of the growth cycle, Williams claims that “it’s been a pretty worry-free season with no fungal disease problems, no insect problems, some slight competition from weeds, but nothing we weren’t able to react to and fix.”

Sounds good to us!

Keep it growing, Kentucky!

We’re excited to be able to report the rebirth of hemp cultivation taking place right here in the United States of America!

Feds, don’t fail us now! Let’s keep moving forward!

The 420 Times

Microsoft considered building Kinect directly into the Xbox One

Microsoft considered making Kinect a permanent feature of the Xbox One by building it directly into the hardware itself. Xbox industrial designer Carl Ledbetter says in a new interview with Develop that, “We actually built models of that.”

Microsoft would ultimately decide against this, in part because building Kinect directly into the Xbox One simply made the system too large.

“We pushed ourselves, can we put it all in one? Is that going to work? And the technology just isn’t there yet. As soon as you have something much bigger than the Kinect sensor people don’t want to put it by the TV, it’s too big,” Ledbetter said.

It’s unclear how seriously Microsoft was about releasing an Xbox One with a non-removable Kinect. Microsoft built 75 Xbox One prototypes, including one that didn’t have an disc drive, before settling on the model you see today.

Following fan feedback, Microsoft announced a $ 399 Xbox One model last week that does not include Kinect. You’ll be able to buy the camera separately later this year, and the current $ 499 model with Kinect will remain on sale.

Microsoft maintains that Kinect remains an important part of the Xbox One’s platform strategy. In fact, unbundling Kinect from Xbox One will actually lead to greater Kinect sales in the long run, according to Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer.

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Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill to Be Considered by House Committee

The Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee is scheduled to hold a public hearing Thursday at 12:00 p.m. ET on a bill that would allow people suffering from conditions such as cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), and HIV/AIDS to use medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

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Rep. Mary Lou Marzian

HB 350, known as the Cannabis Compassion Act, introduced on February 10 by Rep. Mary Lou Marzian (D-Louisville), a registered nurse, was the first effective medical marijuana bill ever introduced in the Kentucky House of Representatives. It would allow licensed patients and caregivers to possess and cultivate limited amounts of marijuana. It would also establish safety compliance facilities and permit one medical marijuana compassion center for every 100,000 state residents. Sen. Perry Clark (D-Louisville) introduced a similar measure, SB 43, earlier this year.

Nearly 80% of Kentucky adults think people with serious illnesses should be allowed to access and use marijuana for medical purposes if their doctors recommend it, according to a Kentucky Health Issues Poll released in May 2013.


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Marijuana Repeal Considered In Colorado

” Marijuana legalization could be going back to the ballot in Colorado — a prospect that infuriated pot legalization activists Friday.

The proposal for a marijuana ballot measure came as the House started debate Friday evening on bills to regulate and tax pot. One bill would state how pot should be grown and sold, and the other would tax recreational marijuana more than 30 percent.

A draft bill floating around the Capitol late this week suggests that a new ballot question on pot taxes should repeal recreational pot in the state constitution if voters don’t approve 15 percent excise taxes on retail pot and a new 15 percent marijuana sales tax. Those would be in addition to regular state and local sales taxes.
Lawmakers have only a few days left to finish work deciding how to regulate the newly legal drug.

Marijuana activists immediately blasted the proposal as a backhanded effort to repeal the pot vote, in which 55 percent of Coloradans chose to flout federal drug law and declare pot legal in small amounts for adults over 21.

“It’s clear that the intent … is to prevent marijuana from being legal and being regulated and being controlled,” said Mason Tvert, who led last year’s campaign to add recreational pot to the state constitution, which has allowed medical marijuana since 2000.

Sen. Larry Crowder, R-Alamosa, said the whole purpose of legalizing recreational marijuana was to raise money for education and other programs. “So if there’s no money, we shouldn’t have marijuana,” Crowder said.

A volunteer group that has been critical of proposed marijuana regulations, Smart Colorado, praised the effort to get rid of recreational pot without approval of the taxes.

A spokesman for the group, Eric Anderson, said in a statement that marijuana activists “sold the ballot issue to Colorado voters as a way to pay for state priorities like education, but increasingly it’s looking like it could be a net drain on the state budget.”
The marijuana measure approved last year won more votes than President Barack Obama, who carried the state. The pot measure directed lawmakers to come back to the ballot with a tax proposal, with much of the money going to school construction. Because of Colorado’s Byzantine tax laws, the recreational pot taxes can’t be levied until voters again sign off on them.

In Washington state, the only other place where voters last year approved recreational pot, the ballot measure set taxes at 75 percent, settling the question. Both states are still waiting to find out whether the federal government plans to sue to block retail sales of the drug, set to begin next year.

The Colorado repeal effort wouldn’t apply to medical marijuana, which voters approved in 2000.

Lawmakers from both parties have expressed worry this year that Colorado won’t be able to afford to give recreational pot the kind of intense oversight and regulation many expect. From labeling and potency standards to making sure pot taxes are collected, the regulatory scheme under consideration in Colorado wouldn’t be cheap.

The state House started debate Friday on the tax ballot question. The repeal provision, if it appears, would come later, likely when the pot tax shifts to the Senate.

Some lawmakers said Friday they doubt lawmakers would send pot legalization back to voters this year.

“That’s almost like saying to voters, ‘Vote for this, or else,’” said Sen. Cheri Jahn, D-Wheat Ridge. “I don’t think you threaten voters like that. When over 55 percent of the people vote for something, I think we have to respect that.”

Marijuana repeal debate could dominate the Legislature’s closing days. The path to repeal would be uncertain, but some lawmakers say it’s only fair to ask again if voters are willing to legalize pot and risk federal intervention in exchange for a tax windfall projected to exceed $ 100 million a year.

“I think that’s why the people supported it,” Crowder said.

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Freddy Krueger Wasn’t the Only Horror Movie Character Considered for Mortal Kombat

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While some Mortal Kombat fans are upset for one reason or another that Freddy Krueger is the fourth DLC character for the latest game in the series, he’s an ideal choice as a character that’s not averse to violence. NetherRealm’s goal all along was to have a guest character be one of the four released as DLC, and in the process of deciding upon him, Krueger wasn’t the only horror film character considered.

“It’s kind of hard to choose a character who would fit well into the Mortal Kombat universe, with the blood and violence that’s so associated with it,” Ed Boon told the PlayStation Blog. “Kratos from God of War is a brutal, bloody character, so he makes sense.

“When we had the discussions about the DLC characters, we knew that we wanted to add a returning character, a new character, but also a guest character. That was one of the goals right from the beginning. A number of names were run by us: Jason, Michael Meyers and all those guys. Freddy Krueger, we felt, was the most instantly recognizable and he fits in with Mortal Kombat with his claws. It just seemed like the best fit.”

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Steam for Mobile Platforms Being Considered by Valve

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As terrific as Valve generally is, it makes mistakes. Last year it admitted it had some failures in its past with regards to both the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Its biggest mistake, in co-founder Gabe Newell’s estimate, was in thinking Xbox Live was “such a train wreck” that it would be forced to change. Obviously that’s not the case and Live has been massively successful.

The mobile space is another area where Valve hasn’t had any sort of presence. That might very well change, particularly if more people start to ask for a mobile version of Steam.

“We do feel we’re late on mobile across many of Valve’s services,” Valve marketing VP Doug Lombardi told MCV. “It is something we’re starting to look at now. People are starting to ask us for it. The more requests we receive, the more we feel the need to act on them.”

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Roger Christie absurdly considered “danger to the community”, held without bail

Roger Christie, "danger to the community", according to the court.

On July 8, 2010, fourteen people were raided in Hawaii on charges stemming from a secret indictment by a federal grand jury of the THC Ministry, a church claiming the religious right to use cannabis as a sacrament. Of those fourteen, thirteen were released on bail, but the District Court denied bail to one, the leader of the church, Roger Christie.

The felony marijuana charges include:

(1) conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants;
(2) manufacturing marijuana (240 marijuana plants); and
(3) possession with the intent to distribute.

In denying bail for Mr. Christie, the government claims he is a “danger to the community”:

CHRISTIE AS A DANGER TO THE COMMUNITY, AS EVIDENCED BY HIS DECISION TO RECOMMENCE THE MINISTRY’S MARIJUANA TRAFFICKING OPERATIONS AFTER BEING SEARCHED ON MARCH 10, 2010:

Of particular importance to Magistrate Chang’s decision was Christie’s conscious decision to recommence the Ministry’s marijuana trafficking activities after March 10, 2010.

On March 10, 2010, Federal law enforcement officers searched the Ministry’s business premises (located at 94 Kamehameha Avenue, Hilo, HI), Christie’s residence, and Christie/St. Cyr’s safety deposit box. At that time, about 12 live marijuana plants, marijuana seeds, and various liquids in vials suspected to contain marijuana by-products (as tinctures and oils) were found and recovered at the Ministry’s business premises.

Aside from the [$ 21,494 in] cash discussed above, approximately 845 grams of processed marijuana (453.6 grams = one pound) and various bottles/jars containing suspected marijuana tinctures and oils were also seized from Christie’s residence.

So, the danger to the community in this case is that if Roger Christie was out on bail, he’d reopen his church and continue growing and sharing cannabis with the people of Hawaii?  In Christie’s petition to the court, he promised he would cease church activities if released on bail but the court apparently didn’t buy the promise since he didn’t cease church activities after the March 10 search.

Regardless, holding someone without bail is something we should reserve for flight risks or truly dangerous offenders.  Nobody could reasonably argue that a gentle soul like Roger Christie is going to harm society.  It is not as if the people who would go to THC Ministry for their sacrament are going without cannabis while he’s in jail; surely there are marijuana suppliers in Hawaii who will take up the slack.

What this is really about is the silencing of a successful activist.  It’s the same principle used to shut up Marc Emery.  It is Roger Christie’s political activism that is being persecuted here.  No standard grower caught with a plants, seeds, tinctures, and less than a kilo of pot would be held without reasonable bail, especially considering the lack of firearms, prior criminal record, and any other drug activities.

This case illustrates why it is so important to legalize marijuana for all adults.  The “danger to the community” angle only works if marijuana is criminal.  The state feels a danger from a church because the marijuana they use as sacrament is criminal.  Roger has preached a religious right to use cannabis protected by the First Amendment and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but even with that right, illegal cannabis for all would still result in unreasonable restrictions for religious users, just as medical users are limited in plant numbers and possession amounts, subject to evictions and firings and drug tests, and still forced to prove their legitimacy lest they face arrest like everyone else who uses cannabis.

If you’d like to help Roger, send him mail, or donate to his case, please visit the THC Ministry website.

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