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Kestrel, The First Road Ready Car Built Out Of Hemp!

Kestrel, The First Road Ready Car Built Out Of Hemp!

Marijuana’s fibrous cousin hemp has a long history with auto makers. in 1941 Henry Ford unveiled a car body made primarily out of organic fibers, hemp included.

Seventy years later, the world’s first production-ready biocomposite electric car-with hemp as the “bio”-will finally hit the streets.

‘As a structural material, hemp is about the best.’ – Nathan Armstrong, Motive Industries Inc.

The Kestrel, a three-door hatchback, is made of a “hemp composite as strong as the fiberglass in boats, yet incredibly lightweight,” A comparably sized Ford Fusion weighs 3,720 pounds, the Kestrel will be just 2,500 pounds with the battery. This may mean a fuel-efficiency increase of 25 to 30 percent.The hemp makes the biocomposite’s flexibility similar to the carbon fiber used in racecars.

The Kestrel cars will be built with the help of polytechnic schools in Alberta, Quebec and Toronto.
The hemp is being grown in Vegreville, Alta. It will be powered by a motor made by Boucherville, Que.-based TM4 Electrodynamic Systems.

“Plus, it’s illegal to grow it in the U.S., so it actually gives Canada a bit of a market advantage,” Armstrong added. The U.S. does allow the import of processed hemp.

Kestrel Specifications: From Motive Industries

Architecture: Compact 4 passengers, 3 doors

Drive train: Electric, single speed

Vehicle weight: 850kg

Top speed: 135 km/h

Range: 160km

Sources: Popular Science CBC



The Seattle Times is calling for the Washington Legislature to legalize marijuana. In an editorial for Sunday’s editions, the newspaper says the time has come for the states to lead a push against federal prohibition. The editorial was posted Friday on The Times’ website. (The Seattle Times is the largest daily newspaper in Washington state.)

The newspaper endorses state House Bill 1550, which would legalize marijuana and sell it through state liquor stores to customers over 21 who consume it in private. Times Editorial Page Editor and Associate Publisher Ryan Blethen says the newspaper understands that “a good number of citizens may disagree with our call on this.”

The Times editorial board says the prohibition of marijuana has not worked and wastes the resources of the police, the courts and the jails. The editorial suggests it is better to legalize pot, regulate it and tax it.

“MARIJUANA prohibition is more than a practical failure; it has been a misuse of both taxpayer dollars and the government’s authority over the people.”

“It is critical that we get these details right. Ending marijuana prohibition isn’t a panacea, but it’s a necessary step in the right direction, and the specifics of a rational regulatory system for marijuana are important.”

“Ending marijuana prohibition is pro-law enforcement because it would enhance the legitimacy of our laws and law enforcement. As Albert Einstein said of Prohibition in 1921, “Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.”

“Even if marijuana remains illegal under federal law, it is still time for Washington state to act. As with alcohol prohibition, collective action by the states will help us end the federal marijuana prohibition and transition to a rational and functional system for regulating and taxing marijuana.
The state of Washington should not use the continued existence of the federal prohibition as an excuse for leaving our misguided and wasteful state prohibition system in place.”
Source: Seattle Times and The Seattle Times Editorial

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Peter Davy

My name is Peter Davy and I am 51 years old. I am a Medical Cannabis user and have had cancer for 10 years. My partner has advanced Multiple Sclerosis and I am her 24-hour caregiver. She is dying and will die without me.

I have cultivated cannabis for medical purposes and extensively researched the breeding of rare cannabis strains for these specific medical conditions. On February 15th, 2011 I pleaded guilty in Timaru Court (New Zealand) to cultivation of cannabis and associated charges. The judge told me to expect a prison sentence on March 16th when I go up for sentencing

I want to make it clear that I will be going on a hunger strike the moment I am given a prison sentence and I absolutely do not want to be force fed under any circumstances. I will also be refusing all cancer medication. I am 100% committed to continuing with a hunger strike until I am dead.
This is about Medical Marijuana, a police force that continually lies to make themselves look good, and the complete lack of empathy and compassion in our present justice system..
See Peter’s Site for more info.

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The IRS is auditing marijuana dispensaries in California, and advocates have called for a change in federal laws.

The sale of medical marijuana is legal under state law, but illegal under federal law, and cannabis collectives say there is a problem because of the way they are being treated by the IRS.

Tax code 280-E does not allow drug trafficking organizations to deduct business expenses.

“If 280-E were applied strictly, we would not be allowed to deduct our rent, our payroll or any of the other normal and usual expenses that other businesses deduct,” said Steve DeAngelo, Harborside Health Center.

Attorney Henry Wykowski is representing various dispensaries that are being audited, and he said 280-E was created in the 80s to go after drug lords, and it should be updated.

“What the California dispensaries are engaged in is not trafficking,” Wykowski said. “They’re engaged in a legal activity that benefits their patients.”

Several members of congress have drafted a letter to the IRS, asking it to allow dispensaries to deduct business expenses and not treat the organizations as drug traffickers.

“I hope that what’s going on is that the IRS is making a good faith attempt to understand our industry and to tax us like any other businesses would be taxed,” DeAngelo said. “And I’m in support of that. We want to pay our fair share of taxes.”
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Because of $31 in marijuana sales, Patricia Marilyn Spottedcrow is now serving 10 years in prison, has been taken away from her four young children and husband, and has ended her work in nursing homes.
On Dec. 31, 2009, Spottedcrow and her mother, Delita Starr, 50, sold a “dime bag” of marijuana to a police informant at Starr’s home in Kingfisher, court records state.
Two weeks later, the same informant returned and bought $20 of marijuana from Spottedcrow.

The two women were arrested for drug distribution and because Spottedcrow’s children were in the home, an additional charge of possession of a dangerous substance in the presence of a minor was added.

Starr received a 30-year suspended sentence with no incarceration, but five years of drug and alcohol assessments. Spottedcrow was sentenced to 10 years in prison for distribution and two years for possession, to run concurrently. She will be up for parole in 2014.
Starr claims the cases have been “blown out of proportion” by lawmen and criticizes the sentences as stiff. “It shocked me and we cried for days,” she said. In addition, Starr was fined $8,600 and Spottedcrow $2,740.

When Spottedcrow was taken to jail after her sentencing, she had marijuana in her jacket. She pleaded guilty to that additional charge Jan. 24 and was sentenced to two years in prison and fined nearly $1,300. That sentence also will run concurrent with her other conviction.

Spottedcrow has four children – ages 9, 4, 3 and 1 – and is determined to keep her 8-year, common-law marriage intact. “It’s been really hard on my husband,” she said. “I know a lot of things can happen, but he’ll always have my back and be there.”

“I missed my daughter’s fourth birthday, and I’ll miss her fifth one too. My other daughter just started talking, and I’m not there to hear her,” Spottedcrow said.

“My baby woke up … and doesn’t know where her mommy is. This is the hardest thing to do, and know I can’t do anything about it. I just have to focus on myself and take it day-to-day and plan for going home. I will want to see my kids at some point. I’m trying to take this slow. I can’t get depressed about it.”

Oklahoma’s two prisons for women – the maximum-security Mabel Bassett in McLoud and minimum-security Eddie Warrior in Taft – housed 2,622 prisoners last year.

Of those, 48 percent are serving time for nonviolent drug offenses and 22 percent for other nonviolent offenses such as embezzlement and forgery.

Of the 1,393 women received by Oklahoma prisons last year, 78 percent were identified by DOC as minimal public safety threats.

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Inside America’s Pot Industry America’s marijuana industry is thriving and raking in what’s estimated to be tens of billions of dollars nationwide.

This is a documentary called ‘Marijuana Inc.’ running on CNBC… it’s sweet that the mainstream media is talking about marijuana in more positive ways. This was definitely not happening 10 or 15 years ago :]

While it may not be traded on Wall Street any time soon, marijuana has become a booming cash crop. CNBC’s Trish Regan goes behind the scenes to explore the inner workings of this secretive industry, focusing on Northern California’s “Emerald Triangle,” now the marijuana capital of the U.S. In this scenic pocket of America, the pot business, much of it legal under state law, now makes up as much as two-thirds of the local economy.

Videos, Slideshows Polls, all sorts of info and discussion on the industry! Go CNBC CNBC – Marijuana Inc

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Hillary Clinton: We Can’t Legalize Drugs Because ‘There Is Just Too Much Money in It’

OOPS! Did she say that out loud?!?!

In what will likely be seen as something of a Freudian slip by the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton said recently in a Mexican news interview that the United States cannot legalize drugs as a means of fighting the black market because “there is just too much money in it.”

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Starting this Saturday, January 1, 2011, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana in California will be a less serious offense, similar to a parking ticket. The fine cannot be more than $100, considerably less than most speeding tickets or running a red light… Read the full story on “Toke of the Town”.

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Weed Dude Just a Place for Marijuana related Photos Thoughts and News from a guy who hates tying his shoes.

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Sarah Palin named “Misinformer of the Year” by MediaMatters, surprise? read the full story on Alternet

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Marc Emery
We must get Marc “Prince of Pot” Emery out of prison. He is treated like the scum of the Earth there. He sold marijuana seeds…

How to Help
Marc’s Wikipedia
Marc’s Prison Blog
10 Facts about Marc Emery

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As Obama urged unity, Palin brought division

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Read the full article on Before It’s News Researchers find in a new study published in the Review of General Psychology that people with higher IQs are more likely to try out and enjoy mind-altering sutbstances than their dimmer compatriots.

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Read the Full Story on CNN “Everyone is looking for some effect somewhere,” said Dr. Matthew Seamon, assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at Nova Southeastern University.

Beverages such as Malava Novocaine, Drank, Unwind, Mary Jane’s Relaxing Soda and Slow Cow (sold in Canada) are marketed as helping people unwind.

“When you are stressed out, normally you’d have a drink,” said Matt Moody, founder of Mary Jane’s Relaxing Soda. “You can’t walk around smelling like vodka all day. I wanted to try to make something you can have to mellow you out. It’s not going to make you stumble, fall down and slur your speech. It’s a quick fix to slow things down when things get hectic.”

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Read the Full Story on StatePress
Medical marijuana university comes to Arizona The first and only state-approved medical marijuana institution for higher education is coming to Arizona.

Gus Escamilla, CEO and founder of Greenway University, has already established a campus in Denver and plans to open a second one in Phoenix.

The passing of Arizona’s medical marijuana initiative in November opened up new business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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Nice People Taking Drugs That’s the name of a campaign launched by Release, a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in the United Kingdom. The campaign aims to inspire a more honest discussion and approach to drug use in our society and also to highlight the stigma faced by people who use or have used illicit drugs.
Release believes that the present regime for the regulation of drugs will be regarded by future generations as one of the great policy disasters of the modern period. These arrangements result in far too many abuses of human rights, fail to protect individual and public health, erode respect for the law, undermine democracy and generate corruption. The War on Drugs is in fact a recipe for a society at war with itself, and this is what we find when we examine the state of global drug control.

Rather than committing to the fantasy of a drug-free world – something that never has existed and never will -we should educate and regulate to restrict their negative effects. Whether this happens through a reinterpretation and reconfiguration of the present structure, or requires a more radical overhauling of institutional and juridical arrangements, remains to be seen.

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