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Marijuana Book Review – The Kitchen

 ’The Kitchen’ is the story of two men and their mission to grow world class marijuana.

The Kitchen’ highlights their struggles and their successes. I like that the book takes a very personal approach to teaching people about growing marijuana. Most grow books I’ve read over the years read more like textbooks than they do grow books based off of personal experiences. Growing marijuana is not easy, and living the life of a marijuana grower is not easy either. This book captures both of those struggles better than any other book I’ve ever read. It’s one thing to read a book and see a bunch of scientific jargon, and then have to show it to your friends and family to make sense out of it. It’s far better to read about what others have tried, what has worked and what hasn’t, and incorporate that into ones garden.

The same struggles that the books authors went through, Jay J. Kitchen and Uncle Tweezy, are the same struggles that you will go through as marijuana grower, or likely have already gone through if you are an experienced grower. This book is part grow guide, part adventure tales, part how-to be a marijuana consumer, all with unparalleled pictures of marijuana. In addition to telling the tale of two marijuana growers, ’The Kitchen’ includes guides on how to make ice water hash, how to roll a blunt, and how to roll a joint.

If there’s one thing that people will notice very quickly when they pick up this book, it is the pictures. Someone clearly got an ‘A’ in photography class! The pictures are huge, of a very high quality, and include every type of picture of marijuana you would ever want to see. The book includes pictures of over twenty of the most popular marijuana strains on the planet. There are pictures of the strains growing and pictures of the strains dried, all of which will make your mouth water. If you like nug porn, this book is absolutely for you. Below is information about the book via a press release that was put out when the book was launched:

Visually stunning, over-sized, and lavishly photographed, “THE KITCHEN” is both a gorgeous guide to growing marijuana and a riveting story about the authors’ (Jay J. Kitchen and Uncle Tweezy) quest to grow the most beautiful cannabis flowers possible in a small urban space in a major North American city.

The authors describe both hydroponic and soil growing technique in detail; instructions on making ice water hashish; how to roll both a joint and a blunt for the uninitiated or curious. Sumptuous photography documents the natural beauty of twenty varieties of marijuana selected from the seed stock of the world’s most renowned seed breeders, including Serious Seeds, Uptowngrowlab, Greenhouse Seed Company and DNA/ Reserva Privada Seed Company, among others.

“This book has been a long fascinating journey for me- its publication is the culmination of a dream, a passion project realized. I’m very happy to share it with my fellow aficionados” says author Jay J. Kitchen.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is a true fan of marijuana. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen another book that so accurately captures the experience of being a marijuana grower, and the evolution of a marijuana garden as a grower improves their skill set over time. For those that are new to marijuana growing, this book is a must because not only does it give the reader a lot of insight on how to grow marijuana, it provides first hand experiences of what not to do, in addition to what to do, which is something that every marijuana grower needs to know as they embark on the same journey that the authors of ‘The Kitchen’  have traveled.

‘The Kitchen’ is a very unique marijuana book, is very well written, and has a high production value that is virtually unmatched in marijuana literature. It’s not the type of book that you just put on a shelf – this book needs to be out where people can see it and enjoy it. This book is not just a marijuana grow guide. It’s SO much more.  If you are looking to beef up your own marijuana book collection, or are looking for a great gift idea for the marijuana consumer in your life, you should pick up a copy today. You won’t be disappointed.

‘The Kitchen’ can be purchased on Amazon. Check out ‘The Kitchen’ on Facebook. For another review of this book, check out LadyBud.Com. Source.

Posted on August 25, 2015 and filed under Story.

The Year in Marijuana Legislation: a NORML View of 2014


This past year was a historic one for the enactment of marijuana law reform at the state and federal level. While the passage of voter initiatives legalizing pot in Alaska and Oregon, as well as voters’ approval of a municipal measure depenalizing marijuana offenses in Washington, DC, will no doubt garner the top spots in most activists’ year-in-reviews (and deservedly so), let’s not overlook the many other legislative successes we enjoyed in 2014.

Feds Back Off Medical Marijuana
For the first time, Congress took steps to protect the sovereignty of state-sanctioned programs authorizing the production and distribution of medicinal cannabis. In December, Congress and the President signed off on a provision prohibiting the Justice Department from spending any taxpayers’ dollars for the purpose of interfering in the implementation of “state laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.” Commenting on the measure’s passage, California Democrat Sam Farr – who co-sponsored the amendment along with California Republican Dana Rohrabacher said: "The federal government will finally respect the decisions made by the majority of states that passed medical marijuana laws. This is great day for common sense because now our federal dollars will be spent more wisely on prosecuting criminals and not sick patients."

Congress Legalizes State-sponsored Hemp Cultivation
In February, members of Congress and President Barack Obama approved provisions in the federal farm bill permitting states to move forward with hemp cultivation research. Federal lawmakers, including (then) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), advocated for provision, which acts as an end-run around the federal government’s longstanding ban on industrial hemp production. It states, “The amendment authorizes an institution of higher education or State department of agriculture to grow or cultivate industrial hemp for research purposes if the laws of the State permit its growth and cultivation.” Since the federal passage of the amendment, numerous state governments have enacted pilot programs enabling US farmers for the first time in decades to legally cultivate the crop.

Two of the Nation's Largest Cities Decriminalize 
Members of the Washington, DC city council overwhelmingly passed municipal legislation in Marchreducing minor marijuana possession violations in the District from a criminal misdemeanor (punishable by up to 6 months incarceration and a maximum fine of $1,000) to a civil violation (punishable by a $25 fine, no arrest, no jail time, and no criminal record). The new law took effect this summer. City lawmakers in Philadelphia took similar action in September, voting 13 to 3 in favor of a local ordinance depenalizing minor pot offenses from a misdemeanor to a non-summary civil offense, punishable by a $25 fine. 

So Does the State of Maryland
In April, Maryland lawmakers approved Senate Bill 364, which amends statewide penalties for marijuana possession offenses involving ten grams or less from a criminal misdemeanor (formerly punishable by arrest, up to 90 days in jail, a $500 fine, and a criminal record) to a non-arrestable, non-criminal, fine-only offense ($100 fine for first-time offenders, $250 for second-time offenders). The new law took effect on October 1. An ACLU analysis of state-by-state marijuana arrests data reported that, prior to the change in law, Maryland possessed the fourth highest rate of marijuana possession arrests in the nation.

Colorado Funds Clinical Research Evaluating the Efficacy of Medical Pot
Colorado health officials approved an estimated $8 million in grant funding late this year to pay for a series of clinical trials to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis therapy. Studies will evaluate the use of cannabis and/or CBD in the treatment of pain, cancer, brain tumors, Parkinson’s disease, and pediatric epilepsy. State lawmakers this spring approved legislation earmarking up to $10 million to fund the research.

States Recognize CBD
Eleven states in 2014 approved legislation seeking to permit the use of the cannabinoid, cannabidiol (CBD), by qualified patients — primarily children with intractable epilepsy. Unfortunately, to date, none of these nascent programs have yet to be successfully implemented. Only two of these states – Florida and Missouri – provide for a in-state source for CBD. The other nine states either rely on CBD from the federal government (administered to patients during the course of an FDA-approved trial) or expect qualified patients to acquire the cannabinoid from some other medical marijuana state, such as Colorado or California.

(Image via cool-patches)

Posted on December 30, 2014 and filed under Story.