Category Archives: Seeds

Gay couple want to help fund cannabis related businesses

L-R: Wives Karen Paull and Wendy Robbins
L-R: Wives Karen Paull and Wendy Robbins

Wives Karen Paull and Wendy Robbins are currently filming the second season of The Marijuana Show – the ‘Shark Tank’ like show that gives investment money to cannabis-related businesses.

With filming having already taken place in Denver, Colorado, the show – which will air online and potentially on streaming services in early 2016 – takes advantage of the fact that cannabis use and production was largely decriminalized in the US state in 2012.

The women are convinced that it’s only a matter of time before it is legalized across all 50 states, which would translate as great growth potential for fledgling pot-related businesses. Accordingly, they’re currently in negotiations with Fox and Netflix to distribute the show to a wider audience.

‘If you want to get into a business more lucrative than any other right now, it’s cannabis,’ Robbins told The Advocate…MORE (gaystarnews)

8 things you didn’t know about hemp

The Drug Enforcement Administration told PBS NewsHour it has granted several dozen permits to grow hemp in nine states including Kentucky. Graphic by Lisa Overton/PBS NewsHour Weekend
The Drug Enforcement Administration told PBS NewsHour it has granted several dozen permits to grow hemp in nine states including Kentucky. Graphic by Lisa Overton/PBS NewsHour Weekend

Early last year, Congress passed a Farm Bill authorizing a wide range of federal agricultural programs.

Tucked away in that legislation was an amendment granting states and universities the right to research a plant that has long been banned from cultivation in the United States — hemp.

Hemp production was banned throughout the United States in 1937, with the passing of the Marihuana Tax Act. Two weeks ago, North Carolina’s House and Senate passed a bill that would legalize the production of industrial hemp in the state.

The Drug Enforcement Administration told PBS NewsHour it has granted several dozen permits to grow hemp in nine states…MORE (PBS.org)

Why Kentucky farmers are quitting tobacco and turning to hemp

How Cannabis will survive an Apocalypse

"Doomsday Vault" in Norway contains thousands of varieties of cannabis seeds
“Doomsday Vault” in Norway contains thousands of varieties of cannabis seeds

Alyssa Sellors: Locked deep in an underground, insulated vault in a mountain on a remote Norwegian island lays the Svalbard Global Seed Vault (SGSV), whose sole purpose is to preserve genetic material, should an apocalyptic situation occur here on earth.

But among the common crops we may all expect to be preserved (fruit seeds, vegetables, etc.) are 21,500 varieties of cannabis seeds, added to what has been dubbed the “Doomsday Seed Vault.” The seeds, which were accepted as of 2008, originate from 17 different countries, with 500 of these seeds coming from North Korea, yet none from the United States, reports a recent blog posting on SeattlePi.
Growing cannabis has gained popularity and attention in the United States with recent legislation allowing for the buying and selling of recreational marijuana, but worldwide, cannabis is not as heavily regulated or policed as it is in United States (which could be why the U.S. has yet to contribute to this preservation)…MORE (DigitalJournal)

UK Guardian: Should Bob Marley’s name be used to sell marijuana?

Bob Marley relaxes with a spliff in Kingston, Jamaica, March 1980. Photograph: Patrick Chauvel/Patrick Chauvel/Sygma/Corbis
Bob Marley relaxes with a spliff in Kingston, Jamaica, March 1980. Photograph: Patrick Chauvel/Patrick Chauvel/Sygma/Corbis

Ian Thomson, author of The Dead Yard: Tales of Modern Jamaica

A kind of political correctness dictates that one should not be too unkind to Bob Marley, but to turn him into the “Marlboro Man of Marijuana” is a cynical, money-generating move on the part of his estate. During the 1970s, when Marley’s was the best-known name in Jamaican reggae, he was actually very much removed from the Jamaican music scene, wasn’t he? Island Records transformed him into a semi-divine rock star for a mostly white audience. Today, that same audience will be able to buy bottles of “reggae” skin-moisturiser cream extracted from “Bob Marley” cannabis fibre oil – and now these gimmicky, ganja-infused, mass-market products. It’s kind of reductive and naff.

Chris Salewicz, author of Bob Marley: The Untold Story

If Bob Marley’s music was unpopular in Jamaica and only liked by white people, why is his image omnipresent in Jamaica? Why did 80,000 people turn out for the Smile Jamaica concert after he had been shot? And why, in the most obscure African bush hamlets, will you find murals of him?

Yet there is something irredeemably naff about Marley’s name being used to promote marijuana-based products – even though smoking it was probably his favourite hobby – and it’s a further move towards the Disneyfication of all matters Marley.

Why I reluctantly think it’s a good idea is because it’s a further strike against the “war on drugs”. Ganja skin-cream marks a sideways step towards the legalisation of marijuana and in turn towards the legalisation of all drugs, something that should have occurred long ago. It’s also no surprise that this deal emanates from Washington state, where marijuana is now legal…MORE (Guardian.com)

Gov Crackdown on Marijuana in the Netherlands- Amsterdam’s War on Weed

Doede de Jong, screen cap from Vice.com "Amsterdam's War On Weed"
Doede de Jong, screen cap from Vice.com “Amsterdam’s War On Weed”

Vice News, October 29, 2014: The Netherlands — and in particular its capital, Amsterdam — has long been thought to have some of the world’s most liberal marijuana policies. But today, the country’s government is clamping down on the weed industry. Police are raiding growers far more often, authorities are requiring “weed passes” to discourage marijuana tourism, and unprecedented numbers of so-called “coffeeshops” — where the sale of small amounts of marijuana is tolerated — are being forced to shut down…MORE (Vice.com)

Cannabis per tessile ed edilizia, sì di Coldiretti

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Philip Passantino – October 22, 2014

PALERMO. Coldiretti says yes to medical marijuana. Farmers Association launched an initiative for the establishment of a true Italian industry in the cultivation of cannabis to be used for therapeutic purposes and for the supply of raw material in various sectors, including the textile and green building.  The proposal follows the signing of the Protocol to the start of production of cannabis in the military pharmaceutical chemical plant in Florence by the Minister of Defence, Roberta Pinotti, and the Minister of Health, Beatrice Lorenzin.

The ostracism of cannabis began with the accession of Italy, in 1961, the International Convention on only one of the drugs and continued in 1975 with the law Cossiga against drugs.  Take a step back, according to Coldiretti, it could enable you to get good feedback from the therapeutic point of view and from that employment.

There are many diseases that could be treated as ALS, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis types such as multiple sclerosis, against which drugs with the active ingredient of cannabis has proven helpful. From an economic standpoint, however, cultivation, processing and marketing in Italy of cannabis for therapeutic purposes to meet the needs of patients in Italy and abroad – according to Coldiretti – can immediately generate a business of 1.4 billion and guarantee at least 10 thousand jobs ..MORE (gds.it) https://translate.google.com to translate