Can firing up a joint help prevent diabetes? Are stoners skinnier than non-stoners? A new scientific study suggests that, yeah, dude. Tooootally.
Regular marijuana smokers have better blood sugar control, which can reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from the American Journal of Medicine. Not only that, but the stoners studied had thinner waists and higher levels of "good" HDL cholesterol than non-tokers.
These results are a bit surprising given marijuana's famous side effects. But science!
Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 7-4-2012, approximately 11:00 a.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Community Response Unit (C.R.U.) deputies served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant on a residence in the 4000 block of Little Fairfield Street, Eureka. When deputies served the search warrant they located two people in the residence, Austin Taylor Koren, 24 years old and Melissa Nichole Elkin, 22 years old, both from Eureka. Deputies located and seized approximately 9 pounds of processed marijuana, packaging material and scales in the residence. Two bedrooms in the home were being utilized to grow the marijuana, along with a grow area in a detached shed in the backyard. In the bedrooms deputies located 147 growing marijuana plants ranging from 3” to 18” in height.
Deputies arrested Koren and Elkin for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to commit a felony. They were transported booked into the Humboldt County Sheriff Correctional Facility. Their bail was set at $75.000.00 each.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539. Humboldt County Drug Task Force can be reached at 707-444-8095. If you live in the City Limits of Eureka the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Unit can be reached at 707-441-4373.
Today's Other Bust: McKinleyville Bust: Lot's o' Weed, Guns, Cash
Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 07-03-2012, approximately 5:00 p.m. Agents from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force ( H.C.D.T.F.) assisted by deputies from Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Community Response Unit (C.R.U.) served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant in the 3200 block of Halfway Avenue, McKinleyville.
When the search warrant was served, agents and deputies located approximately 65 pounds (individual packaged bags) of dried processed marijuana buds, six loaded semi-automatic pistols including two with laser sites, a shotgun, approximately six grams of heroin, over one hundred controlled prescription tablets, scales, packaging material, pay and owes, and $68,657.00 in United States Currency was located and seized. On the outside of the residence, agents located video surveillance cameras which were operating.
Arrested at the scene were Eric Daniel CULBERTSON age 41 the homeowner and Andrew PETRONE age 40 from New York were located in the residence. CULBERTSON was arrested for possession for sale of marijuana, conspiracy, maintaining a residence for sales, armed in commission of a felony, and possession on a controlled substance. PETRONE was arrested for possession for sale of marijuana and conspiracy. CULBERTSON and PETRONE were transported to Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Bail was set at $75,000.00.
Today's Other Bust: Fourth of July Eureka Grow Op Bust Uncovers 147 Plants
Press Release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On 06-28-2012 at about 1330 hours Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Eureka Police Department served a search warrant at a residence located on Hostler Ridge Road at Community Road, Hoopa. Robby Ray Farr Jackson age 33 lives at the residence along with his two daughters age 3 and 5 and his girlfriend, who is the mother of their two children.
When Agents searched the residence they located the following items: a small amount of a controlled substance they believed to be heroin, three rifles, one which was an assault rifle, two shotguns, a semi- automatic pistol with a high capacity magazine, and a smoking pipe for controlled substances. Additionally Agents located 20 outdoor marijuana plants growing behind the residence that were seized.
Agents arrested Jackson for cultivation of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance, maintaining a residence for drug sales, possession of a high capacity magazine, possession of a smoking pipe for controlled substances, possession of an assault rifle and child endangerment. Jackson was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka and his bail has been set at $ 50,000 dollars.
Jackson’s girlfriend was left at the scene to care for their two small children. An arrest warrant will be requested through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s for her arrest for child endangerment. A copy of the report will be sent to the Humboldt County Child Welfare Services.
The Contest: We all assume cannabis will eventually get past the current quasi-legal medical marijuana stage. When it does, Humboldt needs a plan for the future. Branding will be über -important. With that in mind, we’re looking for a catchy (new) brand name for Humboldt-grown marijuana. Entries we made in the comments to this post (see below) and on Facebook.
The Prizes: We are giving away a pair of tickets to opening weekend of Dell’Arte’s Mary Jane: The Musical, the must-see show of the summer that launches the Mad River Festival this weekend out in Blue Lake.
We also have a bunch of tickets to the High Times 2012 Medical Cannabis Cup Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24, at Craneway Pavilion in Richmond with ganja-related panels and workshops and displays from med-pot shops plus the “Official High Times Medical Cannabis Cup Party” Saturday night with Del The Funky Homosapein among the musical acts.
The Results (The Winners!)
Our panel of expert judges has deliberated and come up with some winners.
Grand Prize Award: Humbuds
Gerald Hooker wins two tickets to see Dell'Arte's Mary Jane: The Musical on opening weekend and a Mary Jane T-shirt. Unfortunately he will not be able to see the show this evening since tonight's performance has been called off on account of rain.
Second prize winner, Jacques, gets two tickets to the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup for his brand name: Humboldt Dream.
Runners up: George Kush for HumGrown, Barrett Kelly for Humtasty Smooth, Jeff B. for Safety Meeting 101 and Timmy for Los(t) Toast -- all win tickets to the Cannabis Cup. Journal cartoonist Joel Mielke gets honorable mention for Humboldt Old Growth, although as a staffer he gets no prize.
Special mention to Frumboldt. The name was popular with the judges however, as a member of the Mary Jane cast pointed out, Frumboldt is an existing brand name for bongs (made here in Humboldt) and the company is one of the sponsors for Mary Jane: The Musical.
Our expert panel included the Journal staff, the esteemed Dell'Arte Founding Artistic Director Joan Schirle, who plays Mary Jane, Queen of the Emerald Ball in The Musical, and MJ cast member Janessa Johnsrude, who play dreadlocked Humboldt Honey Chanterelle La Plaza Dancer.
Local pot writer Sharon Letts weighed in before departing for the Cannabis Cup. She is currently on assignment for Nug Magazine and Weed World UK covering the Cup and Mary Jane: The Musical (she loved it, says it's almost a whole new show, better than last year).
Thanks to our judges and to all who entered.
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