Add Chemicals – Cannabis??
Add Chemicals – Cannabis?? – this one has a very simple answer, not just no or even hell no, but NO FUCKING WAY!! The basics of the story are
The bill named SB 029 is being proposed by states senators Leroy Garcia and Kent Lambert as well as state representatives Dan Pabon and Yeulin Willet. The bill states that it will require “an agent that is applied to a marijuana plant, marijuana product, industrial hemp, or industrial hemp product and then scanned by a device”. This is so law enforcement officials will be able to differentiate where the products came from and if the product is illegal, from another state, etc. So basically, if passed the bill will require all marijuana (medicinal, recreational, and industrial hemp plants) to have a “tracking agent” added to them. What does the tracking agent mean? We really don’t know, and neither do those who proposed the bill- because the tracking agent has not been created yet. Yes, that’s right, it isn’t even made yet. The Colorado State University-Pueblo will have to create the technology after the bill is passed. After that, the state will look for a single vendor that will be responsible for selling the tracking agent and every licensed marijuana or hemp farm in Colorado would have to apply it to their plants. Source: Colorado Might Be Adding Tracking Chemicals to Marijuana Soon
Let’s remember some history where Federal government agencies add something to cannabis…our old friend’s paraquat and Agent Orange [aka “dioxin”]. If anyone doesn’t remember those two here is a little refresher for your short memory.
Paraquat – Pure paraquat, when ingested, is highly toxic to mammals, including humans, potentially leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Although there are no specific antidotes, fuller’s earth or activated charcoal is an effective treatment if taken in time. There have been some successful cases of using cyclophosphamide to treat paraquat poisoning. Oxygen should not be administered unless SpO2 levels are below 92%, as high concentrations of oxygen intensify the toxic effects. Death may occur up to 30 days after ingestion. Diluted paraquat used for spraying is less toxic; thus, the greatest risk of accidental poisoning is during mixing and loading paraquat for use.
In acute toxicity studies using laboratory animals, paraquat has been shown to be highly toxic by the inhalation route and has been placed in Toxicity Category I (the highest of four levels) for acute inhalation effects. However, the EPA has determined that particles used in agricultural practices (400–800 μm) are well beyond the respirable range and therefore inhalation toxicity is not a toxicological endpoint of concern. Paraquat is toxic (Category II) by the oral route and moderately toxic (Category III) by the dermal route. Paraquat will cause moderate to severe eye irritation and minimal dermal irritation and has been placed in Toxicity Categories II and IV (slightly toxic) respectively for these effects
Agent Orange – aka Dioxin – During the Vietnam War, between 1962 and 1971, the United States military sprayed nearly 20,000,000 U.S. gallons (76,000 m3) of various chemicals – the “rainbow herbicides” and defoliants – in Vietnam, eastern Laos, and parts of Cambodia as part of the aerial defoliation program known as Operation Ranch Hand, reaching its peak from 1967 to 1969. For comparison purposes, an Olympic size pool holds approximately 660,000 U.S. gal (2,500 m3). As the British did in Malaya, the goal of the US was to defoliate rural/forested land, depriving guerrillas of food and concealment and clearing sensitive areas such as around base perimeters. The program was also a part of a general policy of forced draft urbanization, which aimed to destroy the ability of peasants to support themselves in the countryside, forcing them to flee to the U.S.-dominated cities, depriving the guerrillas of their rural support base. Agent Orange was usually sprayed from helicopters or from low-flying C-123 Provider aircraft, fitted with sprayers and “MC-1 Hourglass” pump systems and 1,000 U.S. gallons (3,800 L) chemical tanks. Spray runs were also conducted from trucks, boats, and backpack sprayers
The first batch of herbicides was unloaded at Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam, on January 9, 1962. U.S. Air Force records show at least 6,542 spraying missions took place over the course of Operation Ranch Hand. By 1971, 12 percent of the total area of South Vietnam had been sprayed with defoliating chemicals, at an average concentration of 13 times the recommended U.S. Department of Agriculture application rate for domestic use. In South Vietnam alone, an estimated 39,000 square miles (10,000,000 ha) of agricultural land was ultimately destroyed. In some areas, TCDD concentrations in soil and water were hundreds of times greater than the levels considered safe by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC): IARC has classified one of the chemicals in Agent Orange (dioxin) as “known to be carcinogenic to humans.”
US National Toxicology Program (NTP): The NTP has classified one chemical in Agent Orange (dioxin) as “known to be a human carcinogen.”
 N, N′-dimethyl-4,4′-bipyridinium dichloride (systematic name) is an organic compound with the chemical formula [(C6H7N)2]Cl2. It is classified as a viologen, a family of redox-active heterocycles of similar structure. Paraquat was manufactured by Chevron. This salt is one of the most widely used herbicides. It is quick-acting and non-selective, killing green plant tissue on contact. It is also toxic to human beings and animals due to its redox activity, which produces superoxide anions. It has been linked to the development of Parkinson’s disease and is banned in several countries.
 The active ingredient of Agent Orange was an equal mixture of two phenoxy herbicides – 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T) – in iso-octyl eester form which contained traces of the dioxin 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD).
TCDD was a trace (typically 2-3 ppm, but ranging from 50 ppb to 50 ppm), but significant contaminant of Agent Orange. TCDD is the most toxic of the dioxins, and is classified as a human carcinogen by the US Environmental Protection Agency.’’’
Due to its fat-soluble nature, TCDD enters the body through physical contact or ingestion. Dioxin easily accumulates in the food chain. Dioxin enters the body by attaching to a protein called the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), a transcription factor. When TCDD binds to AhR, the protein moves to the nucleus, where it influences gene expression