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By Robert Core on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

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On November 6th 2012, the U.S. state of Colorado voted in favor of total cannabis legalization; both medicinal and recreational use are now authorized within the state’s borders, for citizens and visitors aged 18 or more. The law took effect on January 1st 2014, the date on which licensed dispensaries started selling hundreds of different cannabis strains, edibles, and more.

Outside of the cannabis community, reactions to this tremendous step forward ranged from vague concern to complete hysteria, but all predicted the same thing: legalization would surely result in an unavoidable increase in all sorts of criminal behaviors, especially in large cities in which most marijuana business would take place.

Needless to say, a few months into this new statewide situation the supposedly unavoidable disasters predicted by detractors remain to be seen. On the contrary, some of the communicated statistics actually work in favor of cannabis legalization. Back in June 2014, the authorities of the city of Denver, Colorado, released information in regards to their crime rates, and the numbers were rather impressive, compared to the same period of the previous year, 2013:

-        Homicides reduced by  53%

-        Sex crimes reduced by  13.6%

-        Robberies reduced by  4.8%

-        Assaults reduced by  3.7%

Besides, the budding business of legal cannabis is bringing a tremendous amount in tax money to the state of Colorado. This amount measured at $12 million in June 2014, and is expected to reach around $30 million by the end of the year.

But beyond these figures, the cultural impact that this legalization has had, together with the Uruguay initiative of nationwide, total legalization, is prodigious. The fact is that a U.S. state such as Colorado, cradle of a massive tourism-based economy, originally completely unrelated to cannabis, is it a perfect spot to develop local cannabis business as well as cross-cultural awareness.

Source: SensiSeeds.com

— By Robert Core on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Aztec Camera and Mick Jones – Good Morning Britain (1990) [HQ] from Luis Huby on Vimeo.

“The past is steeped in shame
But tomorrow’s fair game
For a life that’s fit for living
Good morning Britain”

Massive props to Paul Duane for reminding me of this wonderful song’s existence.

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— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

“Get tae fuck.”

Ay.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Such a good record. Moroder speeding through Tokyo at midnight vibes. Snowman on that emotional motivational ish. Neon tears.

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— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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From: naturalsociety.com

Developers of artificial micro-humans, or ‘mini GM humans,’ are hoping to release their technology on the market by 2017. No this isn’t a sci-fi joke. Scientists are developing artificial humans in the same vein as GM plants with the hope that these creations will replace the need for using animals in laboratory testing.

Artificial humans will be ‘farmed’ with interacting organs that can be used in drug tests, speeding up the process of FDA and other government regulatory approvals, and supposedly without damaging rats or other animals currently used in laboratories. The GM humans will contain smartphone-sized microchips that will be programmed to replicate up to 10 major human organs.

Each GM human will be tiny – roughly the size of a microchip itself, simulating the response of humans to substances inhaled, absorbed in the blood, or exposed to in the intestinal tract.

Early versions comprising an artificial kidney, heart, lung or gut are already being used by the cosmetic industry and to observe the use of chemical drugs on non-GMO humans.

The Times of India reported that researchers said this could replace up to 90 million animals each year in labs. Uwe Marx, a tissue engineer from Technische Universitat Berlin and founder of TissUse, a firm developing the technology said:

“If our system is approved by the regulators, then it will close down most of the animal-testing laboratories worldwide.” 

Currently, this type of technology is already used on artificial organs like hearts and livers, but the results must be verified on a ‘live’ being – animals in a lab, for instance, to prove that substances are safe when interacting with a living being with real organs.

The problem with current testing, and obviously this proposed ‘solution,’ is that artificial organs, like animals, won’t respond the same way as a human body. We have already observed unforeseen side effects during human trials after animal trials that are far from ‘safe’ – GM crops are a perfect example of this phenomenon.

Organs cannot be divided into ‘fake’ computerized components. They interact with one another, the endocrine system, the brain, the nervous system, environmental cues, emotions, and according to advanced research, even our energetic bodies.

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Read the full article at: naturalsociety.com

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

By Akira The Don on Thursday, September 11th, 2014

kevin-gates

Damn son I knew Kevin Gates was deep but this is some emotional shit right here.

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, September 11th, 2014