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Colorado Indoor marijuana growing steadily increases Denver electrical usage.

Admin; Eye opening status of how much electricity is used for indoor marijuana growing to meet Colorado medical and recreational marijuana industry.

 http://www.denverpost.com/environment/ci_28417456/pot-boom-spikes-denver-electric-demand-challenges-clean

GOLDEN — Surging electricity consumption by Colorado’s booming marijuana industry is sabotaging Denver’s push to useless energy — just as the White House perfects a Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution.

Citywide electricity use has been rising at the rate of 1.2 percent a year, and 45 percent of that increase comes from marijuana-growing facilities, Denver officials said Wednesday.

Denver has a goal of capping energy use at 2012 levels. Electricity is a big part of that.

The latest Xcel Energy data show cannabis grow facilities statewide, the bulk of which are in Denver, used as much as 200 million kilowatt hours of electricity in 2014, utility officials said. City officials said 354 grow facilities in Denver used about121 million kwh in 2013, up from 86 million kwh at 351 facilities in 2012.

“Of course we want to grow economically. But as we do that, we’d like to save energy,” city sustainability strategist Sonrisa Lucero said.

She and other Denver officials joined 30 business energy services and efficiency leaders seeking U.S. Department of Energy guidance Wednesday at a forum in Golden. Energy Undersecretary Franklin Orr said feds will promote best practices and provide technical help through an Office of Technology Transitions.

“It’s a big issue for us,” Lucero told Orr. “We really do need some assistance in finding some good technology.”

Orr said he tried to figure out “how we would address that to Congress.”

When the EPA later this summer unveils the Clean Power Plan for state-by-state carbon cuts and installation of energy-saving technology, utilities are expected to accelerate a shift away from coal-generated electricity toward cleaner sources, such as natural gas, wind and solar.

Until they can replace more coal-fired plants, the nation’s utilities increasingly are trying to manage demand by, for example, offering rebates to customers who conserve electricity.

Colorado for years has been encouraging cuts in carbon emissions by requiring utilities to rely more on renewable sources.

Yet electricity use statewide has been increasing by 1 percent to 2 percent a year, due in part to population growth, said Jeffrey Ackermann, director of the Colorado Energy Office.

The rising electricity demand means more opportunities to save money by using energy more efficiently , Ackermann said. “We’re not going to compel people to reduce their usage. … But we’re going to try to bring efficiency into the conversation.”

Colorado’s marijuana sector, in particular, is growing rapidly, relying on electricity to run lights that stimulate plant growth, as well as air-conditioning and dehumidifiers. The lights emit heat,raising demand for air conditioning, which requires more electricity.

Robert Grandt works in the grow room at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver on March 11. Marijuana growing facilities contributed to the city’s energy use

Robert Grandt works in the grow room at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver on March 11. Marijuana growing facilities contributed to the city’s energy use increase.

“How do you capture their attention long enough to say: Hey, if you make this investment now, it could pay back in the future,” Ackermann said, referring to possibilities for better lights.

Southwest Energy Efficiency Project director Howard Geller said new adjustable light-emitting diode, or LED, lights have emerged that don’t give off heat. Companies installing these wouldn’t require so much air-cooling and could cut electricity use, Geller said.

Lighting companies are working with pot companies to test the potential for LED lamps to reduce electricity use without hurting plants, Xcel spokesman Mark Stutz said. Xcel is advising companies on how much electricity different lights use, he said.

Denver officials currently aren’t considering energy-efficiency rules for the industry, said Elizabeth Babcock, manager of air, water and climate for the city. Marijuana-growing facilities in2013 used 1.85 percent of total electricity consumed in Denver.

“We see many opportunities in all sectors,” Babcock said. “Energy efficiency lowers the cost of doing business, and there are lots of opportunities to cut energy waste in buildings,transportation and industry.”

Bruce Finley: 303-954-1700, bfinley@denverpost.com or twitter.com/finley bruce

http://www.denverpost.com/environment/ci_28417456/pot-boom-spikes-denver-electric-demand-challenges-clean

Marijuana Legalization now decidedly favored by U.S. Citizens.

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An array of polling company’s are coming up with the same results when voter age citizens are quizzed about their opinion on legalization of marijuana.

This makes Chris Christie out of touch with his public relations team; apparently they are “yes” people wanting to save their jobs instead of having the fortitude to point out to the Govenor that he’s about 30 years behind public opinion.

What we have in America is Baby Boomers that were “there” at Woodstock and share a common belief with their children and grandchildren in marijuana needing to be legalized. 

So you now have 3 generations in America that are aligned in their opinion to legalize.

When you drill down into the details this poll shows that even if the people asked do not consume marijuana they still think it should be recreationally available.

 

 

There is a term “the quickening” and it means that the time has come, the turning point has come. 

Guess what; the proof of the quickening was Colorado and Washington.

No turning back.

The hypocrisy of Schedule one designation is trending to end.

Medical and recreational marijuana is legalizing right before our very eyes.

Thanks to common sense by the citizens.

Marijuana choice from Pediatrician’s perspective.

Admin; Excellent information, well balanced regarding pros and cons.  Well worth the read to educate yourself.

Alcohol or Marijuana? A Pediatrician Faces the Question

MARCH 16, 2015

Aaron E. Carroll

As my children, and my friends’ children, are getting older, a question that comes up again and again from friends is this: Which would I rather my children use — alcohol or marijuana?

The immediate answer, of course, is “neither.” But no parent accepts that. It’s assumed, and not incorrectly, that the vast majority of adolescents will try one or the other, especially when they go to college. So they press me further.

The easy answer is to demonize marijuana. It’s illegal, after all. Moreover, its potential downsides are well known. Scans show that marijuana use isassociated with potential changes in the brain. It’s associated with increases in the risk of psychosis. It may be associated with changes in lung function or long-term cancer risk, even though a growing body of evidence says that seems unlikely. It can harm memory, it’s associated with lower academic achievement, and its use is linked to less success later in life.

But these are all associations, not known causal pathways. It may be, for instance, that people predisposed to psychosis are more likely to use pot. We don’t know. Moreover, all of these potential dangers seem scary only when viewed in isolation. Put them next to alcohol, and everything looks different.

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Andy Eidinger, chairman of the D.C. Cannabis Campaign, held a joint on Feb. 26, on the first full day of marijuana legalization in Washington.CreditRobert Macpherson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Because marijuana is illegal, the first thing I think about before answering is crime. In many states, being caught with marijuana is much worse than being caught with alcohol while underage. But ignoring the relationship between alcohol and crime is a big mistake. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reports that alcohol use is a factor in 40 percent of all violent crimes in the United States, including 37 percent of rapes and 27 percent of aggravated assaults.

No such association has been found among marijuana users. Although there are studies that can link marijuana to crime, it’s almost all centered on its illegal distribution. People who are high are not committing violence.

People will argue that casual use isn’t the issue; it’s abuse that’s worrisome for crime. They’re right — but for alcohol. A recent study in Pediatricsinvestigated the factors associated with death in delinquent youth. Researchers found that about 19 percent of delinquent males and 11 percent of delinquent females had an alcohol use disorder. Further, they found that even five years after detention, those with an alcohol use disorder had a 4.7 times greater risk of death from external causes, like homicide, than those without an alcohol disorder.

When I’m debating my answer, I think about health as well. Once again, there’s no comparison. Binge drinking accounted for about half of the more than 80,000 alcohol-related deaths in the United States in 2010, according to a 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The economic costs associated with excessive alcohol consumption in the United States were estimated to be about $225 billion. Binge drinking, defined as four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on a single occasion, isn’t rare either. More than 17 percent of all people in the United States are binge drinkers, and more than 28 percent of people age 18 to 24.

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Binge drinking is more common among people with a household income of at least $75,000. This is a solid middle-class problem.

Marijuana, on the other hand, kills almost no one. The number of deaths attributed to marijuana use is pretty much zero. A study that tracked more than 45,000 Swedes for 15 years found no increase in mortality in those who used marijuana, after controlling for other factors. Another study published in the American Journal of Public Health followed more than 65,000 people in the United States and found that marijuana use had no effect at all on mortality in healthy men and women.

I think about which is more dangerous when driving. A 2013 case-control study found that marijuana use increased the odds of being in a fatal crash by 83 percent. But adding alcohol to drug use increased the odds of a fatal crash by more than 2,200 percent. A more recent study found that, after controlling for various factors, a detectable amount of THC, the active ingredient in pot, in the blood did not increase the risk of accidents at all. Having a blood alcohol level of at least 0.05 percent, though, increased the odds of being in a crash by 575 percent.

I think about which substance might put young people at risk for being hurt by others. That’s where things become even more stark. In 1995 alone,college students reported more than 460,000 alcohol-related incidents of violence in the United States. A 2011 prospective study found that mental and physical dating abuse were more common on drinking days among college students. On the other hand, a 2014 study looking at marijuana use and intimate partner violence in the first nine years of marriage found that those who used marijuana had lower rates of such violence. Indeed, the men who used marijuana the most were the least likely to commit violence against a partner.

Most people come out of college not dependent on the substances they experimented with there. But some do. So I also consider which of the two might lead to abuse. Even there, alcohol fares poorly compared with marijuana. While 9 percent of pot users eventually become dependent, more than 20 percent of alcohol users do.

An often-quoted, although hotly debated, study in the Lancet ranked many drugs according to their harm score, both to users and to others. Alcohol was clearly in the lead. One could make a case, though, that heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine would be worse if they were legal and more commonly used. But it’s hard to see how pot could overtake alcohol even if it were universally legal. Use of marijuana is not rare, even now when it’s widely illegal to buy and use. It’s estimated that almost half of Americans age 18 to 20 have tried it at some point in their lives; more than a third of them have used it in the last year.

I also can’t ignore what I’ve seen as a pediatrician. I’ve seen young people brought to the emergency room because they’ve consumed too much alcohol and become poisoned. That happens thousands of times a year. Some even die.

And when my oldest child heads off to college in the not-too-distant future, this is what I will think of: Every year more than 1,800 college students die from alcohol-related accidents. About 600,000 are injured while under alcohol’s influence, almost 700,000 are assaulted, and almost 100,000 are sexually assaulted. About 400,000 have unprotected sex, and 100,000 are too drunk to know if they consented. The numbers for pot aren’t even in the same league.

I’m a pediatrician, as well as a parent. I can, I suppose, demand that my children, and those I care for in a clinic, never engage in risky behavior. But that doesn’t work. Many will still engage in sexual activity, for instance, no matter how much I preach about the risk of a sexually transmitted infection or pregnancy. Because of that, I have conversations about how to minimize risk by making informed choices. While no sex is preferable to unprotected sex, so is sex with a condom. Talking about the harm reduction from condom use doesn’t mean I’m telling them to have sex.

Similarly, none of these arguments I’ve presented are “pro pot” in the sense that I’m saying that adolescents should go use marijuana without worrying about consequences. There’s little question that marijuana carries with it risks to people who use it, as well as to the nation. The number of people who will be hurt from it, will hurt others because of it, begin to abuse it, and suffer negative consequences from it are certainly greater than zero. But looking only at those dangers, and refusing to grapple with them in the context of our society’s implicit consent for alcohol use in young adults, is irrational.

When someone asks me whether I’d rather my children use pot or alcohol, after sifting through all the studies and all the data, I still say “neither.” Usually, I say it more than once. But if I’m forced to make a choice, the answer is “marijuana.”

Aaron E. Carroll is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. He blogs on health research and policy at The Incidental Economist, and you can follow him on Twitter at @aaronecarroll.

Seattle policeman writes tickets in 2014 to spite the city attorney and now bulk of those tickets rescinded and reimbursed.

Admin; This is an article that sheds a bad light on policemen when they decide to inject their personal opinion into their job enforcement of laws regarding marijuana being legalized.  Click on the link to see more examples of “Opies” insultive notes on the tickets that he wrote as well as a news vidio.  It is interesting to see that this was allowed to go on for 6 months and that the policeman is only reprimanded and now re instated…

Prosecutor to drop all Seattle marijuana tickets

By Associated Press and KOMO Staff Published: Sep 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM PDT Last Updated: Sep 22, 2014 at 6:57 PM PDT

 

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SEATTLE – Seattle’s elected prosecutor says he’s dropping all tickets issued for the public use of marijuana through the first seven months of this year, because most of them were issued by a single police officer who disagrees with the legal pot law.
In a briefing to the City Council on Monday, City Attorney Pete Holmes said he is moving to dismiss approximately 100 tickets issued by the Seattle Police Department between Jan. 1 and July 31. His office also said it would be seeking a refund for those who have already paid their $27 ticket.
Through the first six months of the year, a single officer wrote about 80 percent of the tickets, addressing some of them to “Petey Holmes” or writing that he considered the pot law “silly.”
The officer, Randy Jokela, is now under official investigation by the department’s Office of Professional Accountability.
In one ticket, the officer wrote that he found two people smoking marijuana and made them flip a coin to decide which person would be cited.
“(Suspect) lost the coin flip so he got the ticket while the other person walked. (Suspect) was allowed to keep his pipe,” the ticket reads.
In another ticket, the officer referred to Washington’s voter-enacted changes to marijuana laws as “silly,” according to Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole.
Jokela was temporarily reassigned but is now back on patrol. Meanwhile, the internal department investigation is ongoing.
“Chief O’Toole and (Office of Professional Accountability) Director Pierce Murphy conferred and believed that nothing in the ongoing investigation precluded him from returning to his patrol duties,” said SPD spokesman Drew Fowler.

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Prosecutor-to-drop-all-Seattle-marijuana-tickets-276204811.html

Monday morning humor; Alaskan Charlo Green outrageously quits her tv on air news job over her convictions about pushing for legalized marijuana.

Admin; Alert!  Profanity from on air news person to follow…oh, too late-its already in the lead in title…

“Fuck It”: TV Reporter Quits On-Air To Fight For Marijuana Legalization

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KTVA Anchorage reporter Charlo Greene profanely quit her job at the station in the middle of last night’s newscast. Greene made the announcement immediately following a story on a medical marijuana business, and the revelation that she is the business’s owner.

Greene ended her segment with this:

“Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska. And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”

Greene’s organization is fighting for the passage of Ballot Measure 2, which would legalize recreational amounts of marijuana in Alaska. And, not incidentally, create business for Greene—with Alaska laws as they are, medical marijuana dispensaries currently operate in a legal gray area.

After Greene’s abrupt resignation, KTVA’s news director issued a statement:

Dear Viewers,

We sincerely apologize for the inappropriate language used by a KTVA reporter during her live presentation on the air tonight. The employee has been terminated.

Bert Rudman

News Director – KTVA 11 News

http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/fuck-it-tv-reporter-quits-on-air-to-fight-for-mariju-1637568743

Marijuana legalization analyzed from several points of view.

U.S. sees profound cultural shift on marijuana legalization

 

Bob Leeds

Bob Leeds, owner of Sea of Green Farms, a recreational pot grower and processor in Seattle, inspects plants. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

By MATT PEARCE, MARIA L. LA GANGA contact the reporters

Support for pot legalization has grown so rapidly that it compares with the fall of opposition to gay marriage

Colorado governor: Legalizing marijuana is one of the ‘great social experiments of the 21st century’

U.S. sees profound cultural shift on marijuana legalization

More than a third of adults have smoked it — including the last three presidents. Dozens of songs and movies have been made about it.

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Marijuana investment boosts Colorado economy in a big way

Video: How realtors are cashing in on the booming marijuana business

DENVER — The marijuana business is still expanding fast in Colorado.

The renovation of warehouses producing marijuana is stimulating growth in the industry.

Boris Sanchez shows us in his video report that from construction businesses to real estate brokers, many Colorado residents are counting on the “green” rush.

Source: David Mitchell

Pope Francis is entitled to his opinion about recreational marijuana; He forgot to include tobacco, alcohol, sugar, fat, prescription drugs, hockey, smart cars…

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/20/pope-francis-legalizing-marijuana-just-say-no/

Pope Francis condemns ‘evil’ marijuana

VIDEO: State issues first legal pot production permit

Sean Green will be the first legal producer of recreational marijuana in Washington state.

By Cheryl K. Chumley

The Washington Times

Friday, June 20, 2014

Pope Francis waded into the legalized marijuana debate on Friday, putting out a statement that says, bluntly: Don’t do it.

More to point, the head of the Roman Catholic Church said legalizing marijuana won’t bring any positive results, The Associated Press reported.

Francis said during a drug enforcement conference in Rome that even the most limited of tries to give legal status to the drug is “not only highly questionable from a legislative standpoint,” but such would “fail to produce the desired results,” AP reported.

The pope’s comments — which aren’t that shocking, given his history of publicly ranting against the “evil” of drugs — comes just as Uruguay approved the selling of marijuana cigarettes in pharmacies. They also come on the heels of legalized recreational marijuana use in Colorado and Washington.

Twitter response to the pope’s comments took a turn to the joking.

When AP put out the message that “Pope Francis condemns legalization of marijuana, says it won’t produce good results,” one Twitter responder quipped: “Matter of fact, it will produce ‘high’ results.”

Others weren’t so lighthearted.

“The pope doesn’t represent me. So off with him! Catholics should not associate with him. He is a shill for the NWO,” wrote one.

And one more: “The Pope is irrelevant.”

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Man apparently consumed too much marijuana from ingesting cookies; more information after an investigation.

Denver coroner: Man fell to death after eating marijuana cookies

By John Ingold
The Denver Post

POSTED:   04/02/2014

Levy Thamba

Levy Thamba was a student at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., who was also known as Levi Thamba Pongi. (Via Facebook)

A college student visiting Denver jumped to his death from a hotel balcony after eating marijuana-infused cookies, according to a coroner’s report that marks the first time authorities have publicly linked a death to marijuana since legal sales of recreational cannabis began in Colorado.

Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old student at Northwest College in Powell, Wyo., died last month at a Holiday Inn in northeast Denver. On Wednesday, the Denver coroner released a report concluding that Thamba’s death was caused by “multiple injuries due to a fall from height.”

The coroner also listed “marijuana intoxication” from cannabis-infused cookies as a significant condition contributing to the death. The report classifies the death as an accident.

A brief summary of the investigation that was included in the autopsy report says Thamba, also known as Levi Thamba Pongi, traveled to Denver with three friends on spring break. On March 11, the report says, Thamba consumed “marijuana cookies” and “soon thereafter exhibited hostile behavior (pulling items off the walls) and spoke erratically.”

“The decedent’s friends attempted to calm him down and were temporarily successful,” the report states.

“However, the decedent eventually reportedly jumped out of bed, went outside the hotel room, and jumped over the balcony railing.”

Thamba and his friends were staying on the hotel’s fourth floor, according to the report.

Michelle Weiss-Samaras, a spokeswoman for the coroner’s office, said the office often lists alcohol intoxication as a significant contributing factor in a death — for instance, in an alcohol-related car accident. She said the office also has seen cases involving apparent marijuana-impaired driving, but she said she believes this is the first time it has listed marijuana intoxication from an edible product in such a way.

THE CANNABIST

Weiss-Samaras said Thamba had no known physical or mental-health issues, and toxicology tests for other drugs or alcohol came back negative.

“We have no history of any other issues until he eats a marijuana cookie and becomes erratic and this happens,” she said. “It’s the one thing we have that’s significant.”

According to the autopsy report, Thamba’s marijuana concentration in his blood was 7.2 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of blood. In impaired driving cases, state law sets a standard of 5 nanograms per milliliter at which juries can presume impairment.

In January, Colorado became the first state in the country to allow people 21 and over to legally buy marijuana for any purpose from regulated stores. Weiss-Samaras said investigators believe a friend of Thamba’s purchased the cookies in a recreational marijuana store.

“We were told they came here to try it,” she said.

Julie Postlethwait, a spokeswoman with the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, which regulates marijuana stores, confirmed that the agency was cooperating with police in the investigation. But she said she couldn’t provide more information because the investigation was ongoing.

Denver police have not yet finished the investigation, so they have not released more details and reports about the case.

It remains unclear how much of the marijuana-infused product Thamba consumed or how long after consuming it that he died.

Marijuana edibles — which account for 20 to 40 percent of overall sales, industry experts estimate — have been controversial in Colorado, and the legislature will likely take up the issue again this session. Rep. Frank McNulty, R-Highlands Ranch, said he and Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, plan to introduce a bill as early as this week that would further cap the potency of edibles and prohibit them from being made in forms that might appeal to children.

Current Colorado law prohibits edible products sold at recreational marijuana stores from containing more than 10 milligrams of THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, per serving. The law allows one individually packaged product — for instance, a single marijuana-infused brownie — to contain up to 10 servings, or 100 milligrams of THC.

“We can try to make sure there’s some level of equivalency and there’s some limit on how potent these things are,” McNulty said.

Thamba, who was from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa, started taking classes at Northwest College in January. Thamba was studying engineering at the college, which has about 2,000 students and is 75 miles east of Yellowstone National Park.

During his few months at the college, Thamba made many friends, and his death was felt across the campus, school officials said.

“The Northwest College campus community continues to grieve after Levy’s death,” said a school statement released Wednesday. “All of us were deeply saddened by this tragic incident and feel for his family.”

D.C. Mayor vs Congressional review to see if small amounts of recreational marijuana will be legalized.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/03/31/297339798/d-c-mayor-signs-bill-decriminalizing-some-marijuana-use

D.C. Mayor Signs Bill Decriminalizing Some Marijuana Use

by EYDER PERALTA

March 31, 2014 5:43 PM

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Marijuana plants in Seattle.

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Washington, D.C., Mayor Vince Gray signed a bill, today, that decriminalizes the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

As we reported, the D.C. city council voted to join 16 other states in decriminalizing some use last month.

What makes D.C. interesting is that any laws passed by the local government must be reviewed by Congress and this particular bill pits local laws against federal statutes, which make any marijuana possession illegal.

NPR member station WAMU explains:

“The bill … eliminates criminal offenses for the possession of an ounce or less of marijuana. Anyone caught with marijuana under that threshold would be charged with a civil offense punishable by a $25 fine.

“Support for the measure built after a 2013 report by the ACLU found that D.C. leads the nation in marijuana arrests, and that black residents are eight times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than their white counterparts.

“The bill now goes to Capitol Hill for a 60-day congressional review. Congress rarely blocks D.C. laws, but in 1998 it did stop the city from implementing a ballot initiative legalizing medical marijuana. If Congress does not formally disapprove the bill, it will take effect by the summer.”

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