Marijuana grow operations are leaving Colorado homes with mold
David and Christine Lynn paid $398,000 for a home in rural Douglas County before discovering that the previous occupants had diverted an electrical line to avoid paying the high cost of power needed to turn the residence into a marijuana grow house. No one really knows how many homes throughout Colorado are being used to grow weed, and not all of them suffer the extensive damage that the Lynns found. Law enforcement authorities say they’re seeing more and more houses that have been left with thousands of dollars in damage from marijuana grow operations. Colorado law bars growing marijuana outdoors in most circumstances, so even those growing a small number of plants legally must do so inside. Gangs that grow weed illegally in Colorado, then sell it outside the state, grow the product in commercial warehouses, but they also use private and, frequently, expensive properties in upper-middle-class, high-income neighborhoods, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. The biggest environmental danger in homes where weed is grown is mold caused by the amount of humidity growers inject into the home. In 2012, a research team from National Jewish Health working with law enforcement entered 30 illegal grow operations and evaluated them for potential hazards including mold, pesticides and fertilizers. Each illegal grow contained between 11 and 670 plants. Judy Sawitsky, of Weecycle Environmental Consulting, doesn’t believe there are that many homes dramatically affected by marijuana grows. Colorado’s Brokers Relationship Act requires real estate brokers to disclose known adverse material facts about a home, including mold and other problems that can result from growing pot, said Marcia Waters, director of the Division of Real Estate.
Medical Marijuana in a Hospital Setting Providence, Rhode Island Motif Magazine
A hospital stay for a Rhode Island resident meant she was not able to use her physician-directed medical marijuana, which she said resulted in negative physical effects, only cured when she began using it again without hospital staff’s knowledge. RI legalized medical marijuana in 2006, and since then, roughly 19,000 people statewide have received certifications from their physicians to allow them to use the substance for a limited number of conditions, including chronic pain, severe nausea and seizures. The Medical Marijuana Act protects cultivation of a limited amount of marijuana, as well as its use and possession, for those card-carrying users. There also exist provisions protecting primary caregiver cardholders, who are subject to a different set of regulations, but are legally allowed to possess and help a patient to use medical marijuana. She is a medical marijuana user, which her doctor recommended based on her chronic pain. Under the Medical Marijuana Act, medical marijuana cards grant access to the drug in the same way that other medicines might be accessed. According to RIDOH, individual medical organizations have the right to administer medicine at their own discretion. Eventually, the hospitalized woman felt compelled to use medical marijuana while in the hospital. Hyde said she did not recommend using medical marijuana while in the hospital without a doctor’s knowledge, and that use on hospital grounds was prohibited in most places. Bagnall Degos said she is not aware of any hospitals that are administering medical marijuana in RI. She also stated that several regulations related to licensing analytical labs for sampling and testing medical marijuana are currently in public review until January 18.
Marijuana / Stoner
Marijuana is a psychoactive drug which also has some medicinal properties. Marijuana being used for recreational and medicinal purposes is still a major issue today and its use in both ways is still illegal in most places. On November 8th, California, Nevada, and Massachusetts voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, meaning the United States now has seven states where marijuana is legal. Marijuana is the third most popular drug used in the United States, and one the most popular drugs used worlwide. 420 is a number used in relation to the marijuana subculture indicating that someone is a user of the drug or a fan of it. Outside of his music career, the rapper has also become an international icon within the stoner subculture due to his consistent inclusion of lyrical references to recreational use of cannabis in his songs, and later on, public advocacy of marijuana legalization in the United States. Stoner Comics are a series of MS Paint web comics that use marijuana as a comedic plot device. The comics are usually aimed at being relatable to marijuana users and common experiences when under the drug’s influence. Hits Blunt is a catchphrase associated with a series of two-panel image macros that convey inane or absurd thoughts which may run through a person’s head while under the influence of marijuana, especially when it is consumed in the form of a cannabis cigar, typically accompanied by a photograph of a subject sporting a hooded sweatshirt and looking utterly confused in the typical fashion of a stoner. Stoner Sloth is the mascot for an Australian anti-drug public awareness campaign created by the global creative firm Saatchi & Saatchi, which urges teenagers to abstain from using the drug marijuana.