Move to Legalize Marijuana in California Sparks Fears About Drop in Prices

May 20, 2010 at 9:14 pm (Uncategorized)

A proposal to put the legalization of marijuana in California to a vote this November is causing some growers of the plant in the state to worry about a sharp drop in the value of their crop if the measure succeeds.

As The Los Angeles Times explained in January, when supporters of the proposed Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010 turned in more than enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot, the initiative “would make it legal for anyone 21 and older to possess an ounce of marijuana and grow plants in an area no larger than 25 square feet for personal use. It would also allow cities and counties to permit marijuana to be grown and sold, and to impose taxes on marijuana production and sales.”

On Monday, The Times-Standard newspaper in Humboldt County, a part of Northern California known as the “Emerald Triangle” for the density of its marijuana crop, reported:

Local business people, officials and those involved in the marijuana industry are planning to meet Tuesday night and break a long-standing silence to talk about what supposedly is the backbone of Humboldt County’s economy — pot. More specifically, the meeting will focus on the potential economic effects of the legalization of marijuana.

While the local newspaper’s report on the meeting quoted the its organizer, Anna Hamilton, by name, it did not state that she was, herself, a grower of the plant — which is legal in the state only when used as medication. According to The Times-Standard, Ms. Hamilton “said she is ‘intimately involved’ with the marijuana industry.” That sort of coyness led Frank James to write on NPR’s news blog:

Marijuana growers tend to be a fairly secretive lot, probably even in Humboldt, so I wonder what the attendance will be like and if the Drug Enforcement Agency will be there.

Ms. Hamilton told the local newspaper that if the county’s marijuana industry prepares for legalization, there could be some positives for the area: “We have to embrace marijuana tourism, marijuana products and services — and marijuana has to become a part of the Humboldt County brand,” she said.

The ballot initiative, which is being presented in part as a way to raise tax revenues for California, is supported by Richard Lee, an Oakland businessman who makes his money selling the drug legally. Mr. Lee also founded Oaksterdam University, which trains growers.

A campaign Web site,, prominently features the results of a 2009 Field poll that found that “legalizing marijuana and taxing its proceeds” was supported by 56 percent of those surveyed in California.

The same Web site noted that three columnists for The Orange Country Register recently included the legalization and taxation of marijuana production in a list of ideas to help California balance its books — along with calls to privatize the state’s prisons, suspend the fight against global warming and drill for oil in the waters near the state’s beaches.


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Children’s Church Lesson Activities: Help to make Learning More Fun

May 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm (Uncategorized)

It is not only important for educators to mold the minds of our little ones in the intellectual sense but it is a must to enhance our youngsters in the spiritual sense in order for them to become much better people with the attitudes that have been placed in them. Not all children are inclined on learning; actually, many children have a short focus span which will make them bored as soon as they become uninterested with anything you are trying to teach them. Enhance children’s church lesson activities with enjoyment and games.

Faith is something most mother and father would like their children to learn about. In a way religion shouldn’t be compelled on them. Enable their interest and curiosity for issue to grow and feed that desire with your own set of beliefs. Educating your children about God’s existence begins in your own home.

 Youngsters nowadays are too busy viewing shows and playing with video gaming. Integrating the value of religion in their lives really gets harder and harder as technology progresses. As the grown –ups, get room for change and level for their passions so they really would at least hear.

There are a variety of things you can do depending on the target age of the children naturally. Here are some children’s church lesson activities you could decide among:

* Permit them to get in contact with their artistic sides. Let them color images that narrate a scene in the Holy Bible and make sure to tell them the story behind the photo.

* Besides painting and shading, children enjoy creating brand new things. Craft activities like collages, origami and whatever else that comes to mind could actually help too.

* Kids love to interact. Interactive games are great attention getters. Incorporate the morals on the Bible into your activity and you’ll be sure to get your point across.

* Brain boosting puzzles like jigsaw, crosswords and jumbled words are not merely intellectually stimulating but they are fun to do. It’s like striking two birds with one stone.

* Slip within a little music, there are many of praise songs which convey God’s message which can be utilized in occasions like this. Let them sing and dance together.

Study and plan your children’s church lesson activities nicely for optimum efficiency. Understand that the reason you will be conducting this exercise is to boost the child’s knowledge about faith and instill ideals derived from it.

Experimenting is good; do not be scared to diverge. The Bible has many stories and lessons to share. It is up to one to interpret them in a child-friendly manner to suit your activities, just make sure that you have the actual concept across and they had fun studying it.

Learning about the values of the church should not be boxed up and stereotyped. Along with fun and engaging children church lesson activities, your child will definitely enjoy learning about our Creator. Keep in mind; it is not only about the learning rather to enjoy as well.

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