Weeds finale imagines marijuana stores owned by Starbucks
Last night marked the finale of Showtime's Weeds, a series about cannabis selling that's sparked love and hate among local tokers. (Recall its satire of the Colorado pot industry and one character's recent claim that marijuana isn't medical.) Expect a similarly wide range of responses to a prediction in the wrap-up that weed will be legalized and commercialized into a biz coveted by Starbucks.
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Man Behind Spoof Medical Marijuana Site in MA Steps Forward
The man behind the spoof website that is linked in a Massachusetts voter’s guide as a site that is supposed to be against medical marijuana – and which is actually an “Onion-like” satire of the myths used against marijuana – has stepped forward to take the credit for his stroke of genius.
Scott Gacek realized on Tuesday that while VoteNoOnQuestion3.org is listed in the voter guide, the group opposing Question 3 – the measure to legalize medical cannabis in Massachusetts – had not registered to address. In less than 4 hours his spoof site was up, boasting such hard-hitting stories as “Marijuana is the Gateway to Twinkies.”
“I did it for fun,” Gacek said. “It was kind of a ‘set it and forget it’ kind of thing.”
The local freelance web designer buys domain names and creates pro-marijuana websites. He also writes for a pro-marijuana reform blog.
“I’m a very vocal proponent of medical marijuana,” he said. “I can’t wait for it to pass in November.”
When Gacek first went on the hunt for anti-marijuana sites, he said his search came up empty.
“I thought, there’s no real opposition, so let’s have some fun with it and make some fake opposition,” he said. “I wanted to poke some fun at some of the reasons why people will say that medical marijuana is bad.”
The post Gacek is most proud of so far is one about a Massachusetts drug dealers union urging voters to vote against marijuana regulation. “I try to be informative with it at the same time,” he said.
The real vote-no campaign sent out a press release saying that medical marijuana supporters were tampering with the democratic process through “underhanded efforts.” But a campaign spokesman did admit that the committee made a mistake. The group has now created an official site at MAVoteNoOnQuestion3.com.
Can Marijuana Make you a Better Dad?
Many people reading this know that marijuana can be invaluable in dealing with the stress of the day. And while there is a great stigma surrounding marijuana use – the hosts on The Young Turks even make several jokes about it – many who use cannabis find they are better able to deal with the people in their life, like their children.
After the hysterical cries of “neglect” and “child abuse” die down from those who oppose marijuana and know nothing about it, the issue can be examined logically. Many who use cannabis find that it enhances their concentration and slows down their mind to a point where they can appreciate things better. Of course, some find the opposite to be true; marijuana affects everyone differently. But for the dad discussed in this video, it has been a blessing.
“"But for me, at least, the benefits clearly outweigh the risks,” he writes. “I find the time I spend with my children to be qualitatively different and simply more fun when I take my medicine (always in private, never in front of them, never too much). I am able to become a kid again, to see things through my daughters' eyes and experience, if I'm lucky, the wonder of each new game, each new object and sound, as they do."
The simple fact is that for most people, marijuana is not as “inebriating” as alcohol and allows them to focus on what’s important.
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