Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on March 31, 2009
Apothecary’s Assistants Collective Grand Opening Celebration!
Just wanted to let people know about a new MMJ collective here in Long Beach, California called Apothecary’s Assistants Collective (AAC)…
I’ll be taking photos and helping with the web site as a community volunteer. Here is their website – aacollective.com – I’ve been working on it for the last few week or so…
AAC is dedicated to providing quality service to the MMJ community here in Long Beach, with a special interest in helping chronic, long term patients and termanly ill patients with high quality medicine at lower prices…
The head budtender is a very cool guy named Josh who I met last summer when he was the head budtender at CCLB. Josh is a natural-born Maître d’ and has a drive to create a place of health, community and wellbeing for his fellow MMJ patients.
This month – April 2009 – they’ll be celebrating their Grand Opening with various specials all month… stop by a visit if you’re in the LBC.
Here’s some basic information:
Apothecary’s Assistants Collective
2805 E. Pacific Coast Highway
Long Beach, California 90755
click here for a map
Phone: (562) 597-9780
Note: due to a unforeseen delay, our phone service will not be available until 4/1/2009.
Hours: Daily – 10:00 am to 7:30 pm
You can visit their website for more information…
Until later, best of health,
Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on March 20, 2009
The Winds of Change – Real Change, Spare Change or Chump Change?
Slowly but surely it seems, the Drug War is being eroded by the new winds blowing, and the ship of state is slowly being turned around…
If you didn’t see the news on Wednesday evening or on Thursday, then you might not have heard Attorney General Holder announced the Feds will not be going after medical marijuana patients and providers unless the are violating BOTH Federal law and State law – translation (as I understand it) – States law on medical marijuana trumps Federal law.
Finally, some relief, and a chance for the medical marijuana states to clarify what “is” and what “is not” medical marijuana use.
But I want REAL change. We could start with:
- Eliminating the political-science-based Schedule I classification for marijuana.
- The release of all Drug War P.O.W.s.
- The end of drug testing for employment.
- A new paradigm concerning Cannabis Sativa (medical plant) and Cannabis Hemp (industrial plant) recognizing it’s value and repudiating the racist-base lies of the last 72 years.
We need REAL Change, not SPARE change or CHUMP Change…
Even though it seems were headed in the right direction I get frustrated at the pace.
We need unjust laws changed NOW because they are affecting people today, right this moment.
Charles C. Lynch will be Federal Court on Monday the 23rd facing 5 years to life for providing legal, compassionate care under California State law. Charles can’t wait for change next month – he needs it NOW.
If we end up without the unjust laws being changed on the Federal level, then after the Obama administration is gone we’ll have nothing but empty words from Ex-Attorney General Holder and Ex-President Obama.
Will those words hold up in court as we try to exercise our rights as medical marijuana patients, or will we end up with chump change?
A sad observation: in the light of the recent financial crisis, it seems like our government is providing billions for greed and jail for compassion. I didn’t cast my vote for that…
Ignorant Politicians, and The Same Old Lies…
In a related story:
Sen. Grassley from Iowa (sorry Iowa) trotted out the same old, discredited “Gateway Theory” that seemed so 1986 (remember, back when we were told Greed is Good) as to be laughable… Here’s an article from AP about the Senator’s outrage – I would title the article “Retro 80′s Drug War Rhetoric Staying Alive in Iowa”, AP calls it “GOP senator blasts new medical marijuana policy”
WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley criticized the Obama administration Thursday for moving to loosen restrictions on medical marijuana.
At a gathering to discuss health care reform, the Iowa lawmaker criticized the Justice Department’s new policy of targeting California‘s medical marijuana distributors only if they violate both federal and state law.
That’s a break from the Bush administration, which targeted dispensaries under federal law even if they complied with the state’s law allowing sales of medical marijuana.
The shift was outlined by Attorney General Eric Holder a day earlier.
“The first rule of medicine, first do no harm, is being violated by the attorney general by his decision,” said Grassley.
The senator said the new policy is counterproductive because marijuana leads to use of harder drugs. [my note: this is commonly called the "Gateway Theory"]
Advocates for medical marijuana defended the president.
“The Obama administration deserves credit for basing policy on facts and science, not the myths perpetuated by Sen. Grassley,” said Bruce Mirken, spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project.
I wish ignorant politicians would keep their mouths shut sometimes… Don’t they realize spouting that old ignorant Drug War rhetoric is going to create some very embarrassing YouTube moments.
The time has come to end the Spell of Ignorance and Anti-Science Stonewalling of the last 72 years concerning Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Hemp.
I’m so tired of politicians (fortunately Mr. Grassley doesn’t represent me) that keep lying, when the truth is easy to find if you just open your eyes and ears and shut your mouth.
So I had to send the Senator a message (I was a little upset at the time I sent it off – I hope it was respectful enough…)
Dear Sen. Grassley
Your ignorance is amazing – do you know anything about the science of medical marijuana? If not, then do no harm – and keep your biased, harmful lies to yourself.
You insult over 72 million Americans with your ignorance.
The era of stupidity is over, try and get up to speed…
You can send Sen. Grassley your own note at his website… and let him know how you feel about his regurgitated ignorance – and that’s said with all the respect it deserves.
OK (deep breath) – I’m over that now.
Posted by Jon, onehumanbeing on March 2, 2009
What does a $50 worth of medical marijuana look like today?
An Eighth of Medical Marijuana from Canna Collective Long Beach
This is an eighth of an ounce (3.5 grams) of Granddaddy Purple (GDP) that I picked up at CCLB on Sunday, March 1, 2009. CCLB has a “$50 cap” on eighths (that mean – nothing over $50 an eighth).
Photos: The baggie your herb comes in with a MMJ label on it (I designed that label – just bragging a bit), an overall shot with a quarter in the middle for size comparison and then some close-up shots…
Also – they sell GDP shake (shake is the trimmed leaves, smaller buds and leftover bits that fall off of buds which falls to the bottom of the jar or bag – what “shakes” down to the bottom) for $10 a gram (1 ounce is approx. 28 grams), and they have a special right now where you get a free gram of shake with every eighth purchased. I got my free gram and paid $10 for another – so I included photos of that too…
Informal & Subjective Review
My Informal and Subjective Review:
Granddaddy Purple (GDP) has been a favorite strain of mine for several years, and over the last year I had the opportunity to photograph CCLB’s GDP a number of times, and it has ranged from excellent to pretty good – sometimes it’s very purple and sweet and sometimes it’s just a little… off, and this is one of those batches – at least from the eighth I picked up… but still it is delicious smelling and sweet and excellent medicine.
[I'm throwing this free money-making idea out there again: Someone please make a Granddaddy Purple air-freshener. That's right - air fresheners with marijuana fragrances - could be big - I know I'll buy some if you get it right...]
The budtenders at CCLB are generally on the generous side, and what I picked up reflected that. The eighth was 3.59 grams, and the 2 grams of shake weighted out to 2.16 grams.
That may not seem like much of a difference – but it’s the attitude behind the generous weight. (I’ve bought eighths at dispensaries that were a little light when I got home and weighed it. For patients on a budget it’s these little things that matter.
In the Cannabible (vol. 3), Jason King says that GDP is a cross of Purple Urkel and Big Bud, which I can understand, but he also says “the high is strong and felt mostly in the body.”
My experience has been different. I think of GDP as an active, head high – very little body stone (or body fuzziness). But other growers using different techniques bring out hidden qualities in a strain, so that could be the reason for the different viewpoints.
If you’re a MMJ patient in the Long Beach area, and GDP is your medicinal choice, check out CCLB, and tell them that Jon, onehumanbeing sent you. And make sure they give you the free gram of GDP shake.
GDP and Depression
Granddaddy Purple and Bi-Polar Depression – My Experience
Depression hits you in many different ways, ranging from very physically sick to just a heavy mental battle, and lot’s of variations in between. I happen to be in one of the heavy mental battles since late last week.
From experience, I know what help me avoid spending the day in bed, with my mind hammering me over and over, and that’s the purple strains, of which, GDP is my personal choice.
I saw my friend, neighbor and pastor, Rick, this morning while walking my dogs (before I had medicated), and my head was swimming somewhere under the churning water on my brain… when we parted he asked what I was doing today, and my honest thought and hearts desire was to crawl back in bed and make the world go away, “Back to bed” I told him, and I really meant it. 8:30 in the morning and I’m ready for the day to be over…
Sometimes, when the depressions get bad, I loss all faith in the way herb can help, and become less inclined to medicate. It’s just depression’s pessimism and general joy-killing malaise, but it gets me every time… and today was like that.
Finally, sometime after 9:00 I got around to taking a few hits of the GDP I picked up yesterday, and then a few minutes later I got distracted by something I had been working on, and then I thought about going down to Hot Java and get an apple fritter – which I did – and then one thing led into another… I had a nice productive day and when Tania got home around 5:00 pm, I still had not made it back to bed yet.
Once again GDP helps get me through the cycle.