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  • March 21 2013

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    Ultimate Lighting

      Proper lighting is essential for healthy plant growth, but which option should you choose: high-pressure sodium? Metal halide? LED? Why not mix and match until you’ve created the best possible system given the limits of your space?   Story & photos by Erik Biksa   What’s the best light source for an indoor medical cannabis garden?   Most experienced growers have likely drawn their own conclusions already. However, in doing so, they may have …More
  • March 21 2013

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    Oklahoma to Consider Lessening Marijuana Penalties

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    Rep. Cory Williams

    Oklahoma has some of the harshest penalties for marijuana possession in the nation. A second offense for possession of any amount of marijuana is a felony punishable by a mandatory minimum of two years imprisonment and a maximum of 10.

    Fortunately, legislation awaiting action on the House floor would introduce a dose of sanity. H.B. 1835, sponsored by Rep. Cory Williams (D-34), would make first and second offense possession of marijuana a misdemeanor. Subsequent offenses would remain a felony, but the possible jail time would be reduced to a maximum of five years.

    If you live in Oklahoma, please ask your representative to support this sensible reform.

    Although this change is modest, it is still a significant improvement over the status quo. It’s a change that makes both common sense and fiscal sense. It would mean fewer adults would be jailed simply for choosing to use a substance less harmful than alcohol. It would also free up prison space for people who commit serious and violent crimes.

  • March 21 2013

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    Maryland On Way to Passing Medical Marijuana Law

    Sometimes in this movement, it’s feast or famine. Right now in Maryland, we’re feasting. Yesterday, the media was busy covering a hearing on legislation to tax and regulate marijuana and the Maryland Senate passing legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Today, they will be writing about committee votes all but certain to lead to medical marijuana legislation passing in Maryland.

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    Maryland State House (Photo by Matt Bush)

    Late last night, I received word that the House Judiciary and Health & Government Operations (HGO) Committees each approved legislation to set up a first-of-its-kind medical marijuana program in Maryland. The votes were overwhelming: 22-1 in HGO and 17-4 in Judiciary. I’m very optimistic, but let’s leave nothing to chance. If you live in Maryland, please ask your delegates and senators to vote “yes” on H.B. 1101. The bill isn’t perfect — marijuana will only be provided through academic medical centers, and it will take some time for the program to be implemented — but this is a big step forward. What’s important is that medical marijuana will be in the hands of doctors, not dealers, and people with debilitating illnesses will no longer be thought of as criminals.