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Market Analysis:

Kush narrowly beat out Diesel for the month’s top pot spot after the two hallowed strains tied for the most submissions in June. Kush’s popularity hasn’t diminished in 2011, as the strain either finished first or tied for first every month this year except for January. Once again, Blue Dream was among the top five most submitted strains, achieving back-to-back top five finishes after making the cut back in June for the first time in six months. The top five submitted strains (with average price) were Kush ($367), Diesel ($357), Purps ($350), Haze ($388) and Blue Dream ($432).

Index Watch: The US Price and Mids indices finished July up from their previous month’s average (and close to their year-to-date averages). While the Kind Index essentially held steady, the Schwag Index took a hit, dropping $25 from June.


CURRENT US PRICE INDEX: $347 (last month: $338; year to date: $351)
CURRENT KIND INDEX ($350+ PER OZ): $403 ($406, $416)
CURRENT MIDS INDEX ($150–$349 PER OZ): $277 ($263, $271)

CURRENT SCHWAG INDEX ($1–$149 PER OZ): $83 ($108, $105)  








Billingsley – Skywalker OG Kush: $450, Blue Dream: $465



Fairbanks – Jack Herer: $450

Paron – Romulan: $300



SacramentoSour Diesel: $275

San Diego – Purple Bubba Kush: $350



Denver – Blue Cheese: $250, Sour Kush: $300



New LondonSour Diesel: $400

Sterling –  Blue Dream:  $450, Juicy Fruit: $425



Jacksonville – White Rhino: $400, Sour Purps: $280



HiloWhite Russian: $230



Des Moines – Viper: $400



LouisvilleStrawberry Cough: $400

Baltimore – AK-47: $425



Fitchburg – Headband: $350, Afghan Kush: $400, Granddaddy Purps: $300



DetroitSour Diesel: $500

HollandWhite Rhino: $400



LincolnLemon Skunk: $300, Vanilla Kush: $300



Las Vegas – Super Pineapple Haze: $360



Long BranchKush: $420



Albuquerque – Romulan: $380, White Russian: $350, Super Lemon Haze: $390



New York – Chemdog: $560



Cincinnati – Sour Diesel: $375



Tulsa – Super Silver Haze: $400



Eagle Creek – C-99: $240, Blackberry: $320

PittsburghIndoor: $360



MemphisOG Kush: $400



Harrisonburg – Purple Haze: $400

Rockingham County – Blue Dream: $380

Rocky Mount – Lemon Kush: $300



SeattleJack Herer: $300, AK-47: $320

Morgantown – Cheese: $370, NYC Diesel: $370, Kush: $380, Granddaddy Purps: $370, Jack Herer: $400



MilwaukeeLA Confidential: $375



MontrealBubblegum: C$150
Toronto – Juicy Fruit: C$150, Sensi Star – C$250
Super Pineapple Haze – $360 
Las Vegas, NEVADA

“A creeper that will knock your socks off. Wait 10 minutes after one bowl and you’ll be on the couch for hours … guaranteed. Amazing!”

Blue Dream – $380
Rockingham County, VIRGINIA

“Gorgeous light green buds with an unmistakable smell. Cured to perfection – these trees are some of the best I’ve ever tasted!”

LA Confidential – $375
Milwaukee, WISCONSIN

“Nice darker-green-colored indica with dark amber hairs and just blasted with trichromes/crystals. A uniquely distinct smell with hints of musky fruit and pine; it’s a more subdued odor, not too stinky. Great body buzz, but beware of couchlock if you smoke too much.”

Where the Wild Weeds grow

Back in the days before America got Reefer Madness, the good old U.S.A. was a worldwide center of hemp production. Verdant fields of the incredibly useful fiber crop were cultivated all over the country. Once cannabis was outlawed in 1937 due to Harry J. Anslinger’s scare campaign against marijuana, the economic incentive to cultivate hemp was gone.

After a brief return in the “Hemp For Victory” days of World War II — when the Japanese takeover of our fiber source, the Philippines, made it necessary to once again provide our own rope — hemp faded into American history as a crop of bygone days.
But that didn’t mean it was any less useful, it just meant it was no longer politically acceptable. And it also didn’t mean that hemp would no longer grow in Nebraska (and throughout much of the Midwest), it just meant it was no longer actively cultivated.

Ohio Could Be The Next Medical Marijuana State


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by Phillip Smith

Ohio could be a major medical marijuana battleground next year, as two different initiative efforts aimed at the November 2012 ballot are getting underway and a bill is pending in the state legislature. If Ohio climbs on the medical marijuana bandwagon, it would be the second Midwest state to do so, after Michigan, which approved it via the initiative route in 2008.

Two different initiative efforts are underway in Ohio, and there’s pending legislation, too. (image via Wikimedia)

A medical marijuana bill, House Bill 214, was introduced in April and has been assigned to the Committee on Health and Aging, but given that a decade’s worth of efforts to get a medical marijuana bill out of the legislature have yet to bear fruit, patients and advocates are moving forward with efforts to put the matter directly before the voters.

One initiative, the Ohio Alternative Treatment Amendment(OATA), was submitted to state officials Wednesday with more than twice the 1,000 signatures needed for the Attorney General to take the next step, approving the measure’s summary language. That will take place in 10 days.

Organizers are already setting their sights on gathering the 385,000 thousand valid voter signatures needed to qualify for the 2012 ballot. They have until May to turn them in.

The Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012The OATA would modify the state constitution to allow doctors in a bona fide relationship with patients to recommend medical marijuana and offers protections to patients, caregivers, and physicians alike. Patients or caregivers could grow up to 12 plants and possess up to 200 grams of processed marijuana. Multiple caregivers could store their product in a “safe access center,” and growers would be allowed to receive some compensation.

The second initiative getting underway, the Ohio Medical Cannabis Act of 2012 (OMCA) would modify the state constitution to establish government agencies to regulate medical marijuana “in a manner similar to the system that has successfully overseen vineyards and adult beverages,” according to OMCA press release. The campaign has yet to turn in the initial 1,000 signatures and win approval of its summary language, but has delayed because although it has already gathered more than 2,500, it is making final changes in the initiative’s language, said campaign spokesperson Theresa Daniello.

“Over the past few days, we’ve spent hours and hours Skype conferencing and going over the language,” said Daniello. “There were things like if the police came in with a warrant, we want to make sure they check with the medical marijuana enforcement division to make sure no one in that house is a patient.”

Getting it right was worth the delay, the Cleveland patient and mother of five said. “We’re not in a huge rush.” Organizers would probably hand in the signatures in a week or two, she added.

The OMCA would apply already familiar regulations, such as licensing, local option laws, and HIPAA patient privacy rules to medical marijuana.  It would create an Ohio Commission of Medical Cannabis Control, which, like its counterparts in liquor control, would be charged with enforcing regulations and preventing diversion.

“The state of Ohio has a 77-year-old proven regulatory system under our liquor control laws that is one of the most effectively run in the country,” said Daniello. “There are only 470 liquor stores in the state, one per county, and one more for each additional 30,000 residents, and counties can opt out, like dry counties do for alcohol. It would be like that. It’s our goal that no patients be arrested,” she added. “We want it out of the hands of the police and handed over to the division. We don’t need guns, we need people who are educated.”

Under the OMCA, patients with qualifying medical conditions who get a physician’s recommendation would be able to possess up to 200 grams of medical marijuana and up to 12 mature and 12 immature plants. Patients would be registered with the state and provided with ID cards. Patients would be able to designate caregivers to grow for them.

“Both models are good,” said medical marijuana patient and activist Tonya Davis. “Ohio patients want a safer alternative. The models are different, but we figure that between the bill at the legislature, and the two initiatives submitting language, we can come up with something that serves patients.”

marijuana medicine“We’re trying to work together to keep the energy going the right way,” said Daniello.

That would be great for patients like Chad Holmes, who underwent chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery for colon cancer, resulting in the removal of much of his digestive tract. He used medical marijuana to counter the side effects of nausea and severe pain, and found it to be the only medicine that allowed him to eat, maintain his strength, and function.

“Medical marijuana didn’t cure me, but it allowed me to survive the cure long enough for it to work,” he said. He has now been cancer free for over six years.

“Ohioans like Mr. Holmes face a terrible choice,” said Daniello. “They can choose to suffer with the horrible, debilitating effects of their illness, or risk arrest and years in prison for using medical marijuana to relieve their pain and suffering.”

But if either the legislature or the voters act, that dilemma for medical marijuana patients will be resolved. Look for a lot of action on medical marijuana in the Buckeye State in the next few months.

Money will be key. Peter Lewis, founder of Cleveland-based Progressive Insurance and a significant drug reform funder, issued a request for proposals for action on medical marijuana in May, but neither group appears to have offered one. Day said she thought Lewis had turned his attention elsewhere, while Daniello said her campaign would likely contact him later.

“We’re accepting support,” Daniello said. “We had less than a week to respond to Peter Lewis’s call for a request for proposals, and we decided that wasn’t enough time. We need to show that we can act in a professional manner before we go back.”

National presidential election year politics could help stir major funder interest, Daniello suggested. “2012 is a presidential year, and, as they say, as goes Ohio, so goes the nation,” she said. “If the proper people realize that, the funding will come in.”

It will have to for either of these initiatives to have a serious chance of making it to the ballot.

Artilcle From – Creative Commons Licensing

Majority of States Soon to Have Medical Marijuana?

Tell the DEA: Stop the Lies

So I’ve really been thinking a lot lately about what the purpose of HMJ should be. I love the site, I love the name, I love the amazing team we have, and of course I LOVE the Greenies. If it wasn’t for you guys I would have closed this site down a long time ago and I still get emails from people just to say they fuck with us. That motivates me (hint hint) but I’m going to stay on topic. We should be about more than just looking at girls smoking and bongs.

I want us to really make a difference when it comes to legalization. Imagine a world where you could stand outside anywhere and smoke without having to look over your shoulder or feel like a criminal. Imagine not having to hide the fact that you enjoy something as natural as eating fruit. Imagine a world where we don’t have to watch our friends and family suffer from illnesses that can easily be treated with marijuana. This is a serious issue and a serious time in our existence.

We just found out the DEA is REALLY serious about not working with us on this marijuana legalization movement but I’m not trying to hear that. I’ve found a petition where we can send a message directly to the DEA Administrator, Michele Leonhart. I am not someone who would tell you guys to do something that I wouldn’t do so I sent a message in as well. You also have the option to donate to Drug Policy Alliance but you are not required to.

With the elections coming up and all of these issues really being discussed for the first time, trust and believe that HMJ and the Greenies will be a part of the movement.

Click Here To Let Michele Leonhart know how you feel

How To: Help Re-Legalize Cannabis by David Brannon

Want to help re-legalize cannabis? Here’s an idea anyone and everyone can do if (1) you have access to the internet, and (2) you live in a community holding an election this coming November. If you are reading this you have satisfied #1, and if you live in America you satisfy #2. So, let’s get to work.

TO START: Create a list of your local candidates and the office they seek; identify where on the political spectrum each of your candidates fall. A quick review of the candidates’ on-line website or a local voter’s guide will reveal this information.

NEXT: Have you heard of the Just Say Now campaign? Our primary purpose will be to advertise the efforts of Just Say Now. So, if necessary, enlighten yourself before going any further. Pay attention to the political leanings of the members of the Advisory Board of Just Say Now. This Board represents every compass point on the political spectrum – just like your list of candidates.

Every one of your local candidates can be philosophically and politically “matched” with a Just Say Now board member. Someone on that Board is going to look and sound very much like your local candidates. Example: there are several law enforcement reps on the Board – pair them with your more conservative candidates.

THEN: Appear wherever your local pols are speaking, shaking hands, kissing babies, whatever it is they are doing, and, in front of as many voters and television cameras as possible, ask that candidate:

Do you agree with the goals and ideals of Just Say Now as “big shot so-and-so” [the candidates “match”] has done?”

Use your “do you agree” question to wake up both candidates and voters to Just Say Now. Our efforts will help get people talking about changing drug policy. Know how long it has been since this was even discussed during an election cycle? Jimmy Carter was President!

Nothing changes until lots of people start loudly demanding change. Every one of us can do our bit to help. The diverse board of Just Say Now allows a way to approach anyone seeking any office. Why shouldn’t every local dog killer be asked to take a position on drug law reform? Let’s get every politician on the record. Let’s bring to the attention of the candidates, the voters, and the media the growing, coming-from-the-bottom-up demand to reassess the failed war on drugs.

Budtender’s Appreciation Day July 11th!?

What Have You Done for Your BudTender Lately?What Have You Done for Your BudTender Lately?

Photo by: Robyn Twoby

You tip a waitress don’t you? So why not throw a couple of extra bucks for a person that takes care of your weedy needs? As a Cali MMJ patient, I’m able to frequent any number of collectives in California. It’s nice when I’m traveling within the state to visit a collective and pick up a local strain or bud. One of  the local collectives I frequent here in Los Angeles, has had a sign behind the counter saying “Budtender’s Appreciation Day 7-11-11” forever, so I decided to ask what it was all about.

“I don’t really know” was the first answer one of them gave me. I later found out it was a day they had come up with on their own. It got me thinking. BudTenders DO provide a necessary service to MMJ patients and have to put up with a LOT of shit from patients and bosses, so why shouldn’t they have their own day?! . People may “think” a budtender’s job would be the tits having access to so much weed everyday. Wrong-O! Try waiting on people that are finicky, bitchy and abusive for 10 hours a day for pretty humble wages.

We have Secretaries Day so why not Budtender’s Appreciation Day?

If anyone can make this day a reality and a movement for all the budtenders out there, it’s Hail Mary Jane and OUR GREENIES!!

So this July 11th, when you are at your favorite collective picking up your meds, why not surprise your Budtender with a tip, a gift, a hug or just tell them how important they are.  Make your Budtender feel special on their day! Remember 4:20 started somewhere too!

Tell them HMJ is showing the love for all Budtenders!

Let’s make “BudTender’s Appreciation Day 7-11-11” a real day!



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