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August 30th, 2009 Dr. Skunky


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Hindu Skunk Strain Review

August 21st, 2009 Dr. Skunky
Strain: Hindu Skunk
Lineage: Hindu Kush X Skunk #1
Genetics: 30% Sativa / 70% Indica
THC Level: 17% – 22%
Grow Medium: Indoor, BioGrown Soil
Purchased: Peace in Medicine, Sebastopol, CA
Price: $16/gram , $54/eighth, $105/quarter, $395/ounce
Overall Rating: 7.3

“Creative Relaxation, Afternoon Appropriate”

Looks: 7.5
Buds that are green with trichomes that have an almost  tan hue.

Smell: 7.5
Very nice skunky smell with a hint of fruit.

Taste: 7.0
Smooth upon first inhale. Fruity taste with a very potent yet heavy smoke upon exhale.

High: 7.0
Relaxing high that dosn’t knock you out nor send you through the roof.

Value: 7.5
Good medicinal effects. Appropriate for sitting around, especially for a creative relaxation.

Time for Washington State to Decriminalize Marijuana

August 21st, 2009 Dr. Skunky


The Washington Legislature should enact Senate Bill 5615, which would reclassify adult possession of marijuana from a crime to a civil infraction, write guest columnists Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Wells, D-Seattle, and former state Rep. Toby Nixon, R-Kirkland.

ONCE again, the Seattle Hempfest drew tens of thousands to parks along the waterfront this weekend. In its mission statement, the all-volunteer organization that produces the event says, “The public is better served when citizens and public officials work cooperatively in order to successfully accomplish common goals.”

We agree. That is why we, as a Democratic state senator and former Republican state representative, support state Senate Bill 5615. This bill would reclassify adult possession of marijuana from a crime carrying a mandatory day in jail to a civil infraction imposing a $100 penalty payable by mail. The bill was voted out of committee with a bipartisan “do pass” recommendation and will be considered by legislators in 2010.

The bill makes a lot of sense, especially in this time of severely strapped budgets. Our state Office of Financial Management reported annual savings of $16 million and $1 million in new revenue if SB 5615 passes. Of that $1 million, $590,000 would be earmarked for the Washington State Criminal Justice Treatment Account to increase support of our underfunded drug-treatment and drug-prevention services.

The idea of decriminalizing marijuana is far from new. In 1970, Congress created the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. A bipartisan body with 13 members — nine appointed by President Nixon and four by Congress — the commission was tasked with conducting a yearlong, authoritative study of marijuana. When the commission issued its report, “Marijuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding,” in1972, it surprised many by recommending decriminalization:

Possession of marijuana in private for personal use would no longer be an offense; and distribution of small amounts of marijuana for no remuneration or insignificant remuneration not involving profit would no longer be an offense.

Twelve states took action and decriminalized marijuana in the 1970s. Nevada decriminalized in 2001, and Massachusetts did so in 2008. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, states where marijuana possession is decriminalized represent more than 35 percent of our nation’s population.

These states have not seen a corresponding increase in use. Nor have the 14 states that have adopted legal protections for patients whose doctors recommend the medical use of marijuana. Nor the several cities and counties that have adopted “lowest law enforcement priority” ordinances like Seattle’s Initiative 75, which made adult marijuana use the city’s lowest law enforcement priority in 2003.

On the flip side of the coin, escalating law enforcement against marijuana users has not achieved its intended goals. From 1991 to 2007, marijuana arrests nationwide tripled from 287,900 to a record 872,720, comprising 47 percent of all drug arrests combined. Of those, 89 percent were for possession only. Nevertheless, according to a study released earlier this year by two University of Washington faculty members:

• The price of marijuana has dropped;

• Its average potency has increased;

• It has become more readily available; and

• Use rates have often increased during times of escalating enforcement.

We now have decades of proof that treating marijuana use as a crime is a failed strategy. It continues to damage the credibility of our public health officials and compromise our public safety. At a fundamental level, it has eroded our respect for the law and what it means to be charged with a criminal offense: 40 percent of Americans have tried marijuana at some point in their lives. It cannot be that 40 percent of Americans truly are criminals.

We hope that the citizens of this state will work with us to help pass SB 5615, the right step for Washington to take toward a more effective, less costly and fairer approach to marijuana use.


State Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, Seattle, left, chairs the Senate Labor, Commerce & Consumer Protection Committee. Toby Nixon was state representative for the 45th legislative district, 2002-2006, and served as vice-chair of the House Republican Caucus and ranking member of the House Committee on State Government Operations and Accountability.

Copyright © The Seattle Times Company

Cannabis Clubs Explained

August 14th, 2009 Dr. Skunky

Cannabis Clubs Explained

As part of the fact-finding process of the cannabis dispensary moratorium, the Sacramento city government is taking a look at how, exactly, medical pot stores operate. Without many precedents to refer to, dispensaries don’t have solidly established business practices. All dispensaries are somewhat similar, but none are alike.

Dispensaries all have the same basic foundation. By state law, pot shops must be collectives or cooperatives of medicinal cannabis patients.

After ill Californians get cannabis recommendations, they have the ability to medicate and cultivate as they see fit. Last year, California Attorney General Jerry Brown published some guidelines on how many plants (six) and how much prepared cannabis (8 oz) independent patients should grow or possess at one point in time, but such guidelines aren’t law. Instead, these guidelines are sort of a threshold of acceptability to avoid state legal action. Brown’s recommendations are more binding of cooperatives, which he requires to operate within the law.

“California law isn’t really specific on any of this stuff,” a spokesman from Capitol Wellness Collective said, who requested SacPress to not use his name. “It’s still evolving.”

If multiple patients pool their resources, they can quickly come into possession of far more cannabis than the guidelines suggest or that they’re even capable of using. Remember, this plant grows like a weed. A single indoor plant can grow up to six feet tall, producing up to 10 ounces – so even within guidelines, stockpiles can overflow.

If they feel like making a practice out of it, state law allows them to open a dispensary. Dispensaries often start with several growing patients and occasionally another entrepreneur who may not grow or have a doctor’s recommendation for THC medicine.

Aspiring club owners must then make the difficult decision of where to set up shop. Dispensaries have to take on a number of concerns when shopping for property, said American Association for Medical Cannabis State Director Ryan Landers. “They need to be a good distance from other dispensaries to avoid being redundant, and they have to be away from parks or kid-friendly businesses.”

AAMC is a nationwide activist group that works with lawmakers and law enforcement to make medical cannabis safer and more available.

Friendly landlords are also a must, as opening a pot shop can be a touchy matter.

“Nobody wants to lose their property for renting to a dispensary, so they usually think twice,” Landers said. “It’s never happened in Sacramento, though.”

Accessibility is another major component of a shop’s location. Many cannabis patients have limited mobility, and private transport may be a luxury they physically or financially can’t afford. Local dispensaries choose to open near bus or light rail lines. Clubs usually avoid busy metro areas: None are presently open in the heart of the downtown grid. Capitol Alternatives, a club on 16th Street, was raided by DEA agents and local police in April 2006, though no charges were made, according to news reports. The club reopened the next day at another location.

Then there’s the question of how the medicine gets to the dispensary in the first place. As mentioned before, most dispensaries are run by cultivating patients, but once demand goes up, for the sake of stable prices, so must supply. Patients outside the dispensary are invited to donate their excess medicine if they have an abundance, which is common. Contributions are given free of charge and serve to keep prices down and to increase the variety of strains available. According to local club owners, there is a wide network of patients making regular donations.

Dispensaries are always nonprofit businesses, as required by state law. This means that all of their profits need to be redistributed back to the community. Employee salaries are included in that interpretation of ‘community.’ According to a spokesman for Hugs Alternative care, about 25 percent of profits go back to salaries. With the remainder, clubs also give back in other ways.

Every club gives a charitable amount back to patients who donate their excess medicine, usually in the range of $100 an ounce, according to local club owners. Doing some quick math, at $50-60 per eighth-ounce, this adds up to a $300 or more profit margin on each ounce sold.

Some clubs also use their excess earnings for other health services, like massage therapy or group counseling, and a few even offer hobby classes and other services.

“At Capitol Wellness Collective, we have a lot of basic outreach programs,” CWC’s spokesperson said. “We have a full-time spiritual counselor, condition-specific support groups, a masseuse, cooking classes and peer counseling, all of which are provided free of charge.”

Some local clubs also make donations to charities to redistribute their income. Capitol Wellness donates to Loaves and Fishes, the local Shriner chapter and “other people that are just doing great work,” according to its spokesperson.

Lastly, dispensaries point out that they usually offer ‘compassion plans,’ that reduce or eliminate the cost of medicine for disadvantaged patients. Veterans can often get a discount, as can the disabled and patients with MediCal and Medicare.

“Clubs should never present an undue hardship to the people that need medicine most,” Landers said. “Medical cannabis saves lives.”

Dispensaries are almost always incorporated. They charge sales tax for their wares and pay federal and state taxes, although they aren’t federally listed to avoid DEA entanglements. They usually employ between five to 10 full-time employees and pay a “comfortable” salary, according to club owners and employees.

“As profits go up, so do salaries. If we’re in a good time, we’ll meet up and discuss pay,” Clyde Baker from Hugs Alternative Care said.

Patients can volunteer their time to help out at some local dispensaries, and some receive free medicine in return for their time. Alexander Skibo volunteers at Northstar Healing Collective and positively loves doing it.

“This is the most convenient arrangement I’ve ever had with any medicine,” he said. “I haven’t been able to drive a car since my injury, so walking in to volunteer is just great. I’m definitely a proponent.”

Specifics on the actual cannabis commerce that takes place at dispensaries are tough to get. Questions on profits, salaries and even day-to-day business are usually met with “that’s a private matter.” Some general facts can be learned, but accounting figures will be checked out by the city government, if even then. Clubs still have two more weeks to register with the city and prove they were open before the moratorium’s June 16 requirement. After that point, if clubs fail to register, they’ll get hit with a misdemeanor every day they stay open.

“That’ll add up really quickly,” Landers said. “Most clubs have already registered, but we’re still expecting more.”


Hindu Kush Strain Review

August 6th, 2009 Dr. Skunky
Strain: Hindu Kush
Lineage: Hindu Kush Mountains, Asia
Genetics: 20% Sativa / 80% Indica
THC Level: 15% – 20%
Grow Medium: Indoor, Hydroponic
Purchased: Apela, Novato, CA
Price: $18/gram , $60/eighth, $115/quarter, $390/ounce
Overall Rating: 7.1

“Trippy Sedation, anytime appropriate”

Looks: 7.0
Small dark green bud with frosty tan trichromes.

Smell: 7.0
Has a zesty, fruity smell, especially when broken up.

Taste: 6.5
Thick smoke thats very smooth on the lungs. Very unique hash like taste.

High: 8.0
Nice, relaxing effect. Good balance between body buzz and trippy mind high.

Value: 7.0
Good for its medicinal properties, suitible for pain and sleep. Yet kind of blan on the wow factor.

Romulan Strain Review

August 6th, 2009 Dr. Skunky
Strain: Romulan
Lineage: OG Romulan X White Rhino
Genetics: 0% Sativa / 100% Indica
THC Level: 18% – 22%
Grow Medium: Indoor, Soil-less
Purchased: Peace in Medicine, Sebastopol, CA
Price: $16/gram , $54/eighth, $105/quarter, $395/ounce
Overall Rating: 7.5

“Dreamy sedation, evening appropriate”

Looks: 8.0
Light green with tiny orange hairs and frosty white trichromes.

Smell: 7.0
Fragrant, sweet and slightly fruity smell.

Taste: 6.5
Smooth yet bland chlorophyll taste.

High: 8.0
Very strong, couch lock like effects. Good medicinal marijuana strain!

Value: 8.0
Very potent. Good for pain management, I could see it being used for people with sleep problems or body pains.

Snow Wreck Strain Revew

August 6th, 2009 Dr. Skunky
Strain: Snow Wreck
Lineage: Snow Cap X Trainwreck
Genetics: 80% Sativa / 20% Indica
THC Level: 18% – 20%
Grow Medium: Indoor, Soil
Purchased: Apela, Novato, CA
Price: $16/gram , $55/eighth, $100/quarter, $390/ounce
Overall Rating: 7.1

“Long lasting cerebral high, daytime appropriate”

Looks: 7.0
Dense, light green buds full of trichomes. Darker green leaves and orange hairs make this a real eye pleaser.

Smells: 6.5
Pretty bland smell. Smells strong like trainwreck when broken up.

Taste: 6.5
Was expecting a little more taste from the bud, upon exhaling you can slightly taste the trainwreck.

High: 8.0
Potent, heavy high. Fast onset felt in the head and upper body. Kept me very sedated for a little over an hour.

Value: 7.5
For the price this Snow Cap is a very good deal. Not as fancy as some other strains in looks, smell or taste but very effective. I would buy again.