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Is it legal to fly with marijuana?

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, November, 25th 2014 by THCFinder
legal-to-fly-with-mj-on-planeWith the holiday season approaching, travelers likely have lots of questions about the rules set out by the TSA. Is mascara a liquid? Does a cane count as a personal item? Are ice skates allowed on a plane? And most importantly: Can I fly with my legally obtained marijuana? By Caroline Siede.
  
It’s relatively easy to find out that mascara does indeed count as a liquid, a cane is exempt from the personal item limit, and ice skates are allowed on carry-ons, but it can be much harder to find a straight answer about flying with marijuana.
 
Earlier this month citizens in Oregon and Alaska voted to join Colorado and Washington as the four states where retail marijuana is legal for adults over the age of 21. Washington, D.C. residents, meanwhile, voted for a “soft legalization” measure. (Vox has a great breakdown of the current state of marijuana legalization.) Medical marijuana is currently legal in 23 states as well as the District of Columbia. It’s used to treat conditions ranging from pain and nausea to Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, and a host of other conditions. Patients who successfully apply for a medical marijuana card are allowed to possess a limited amount of the substance, which varies by state.
 
So how does that affect air travel?
 
THE BAD NEWS
 
Under federal law marijuana is an illegal Schedule 1 narcotic deemed to have a “high potential for abuse and no medical value.” Federal law does not distinguish between medical and recreational marijuana—any form of the substance is illegal. Since airports, airspace, and airplanes all fall under federal jurisdiction, anyone found flying with medical marijuana is at risk of being detained, arrested, and prosecuted under federal law.
 
THE GOOD NEWS
 
Across the country once-strict policies are loosening and it seems the TSA is not immune to these changing attitudes. The official TSA policy states:
 
TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs. In the event a substance that appears to be marijuana is observed during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer. Whether or not marijuana is considered legal under local law is not relevant to TSA screening because TSA is governed by federal law. Federal law provides no basis to treat medical marijuana any differently than non-medical marijuana. Even if an item is generally permitted, it may be subject to additional screening or not allowed through the checkpoint if it triggers an alarm during the screening process, appears to have been tampered with, or poses other security concerns. The final decision rests with TSA on whether to allow any items on the plane.
 
In other words, TSA is mostly interested in protecting its passengers’ safety and less interested in busting those traveling with a small amount of pot. TSA agents are not specifically looking for marijuana and if they do happen to find it in a routine search, it’s largely up to the individual TSA agent to decide how to respond. Policy is to report the substance to local law enforcement. In states where medical marijuana is legal, anecdotal evidence suggests local police will often verify a passenger’s documents and allow them to fly with medicinal cannabis if everything is in order. However, according to USA Today, the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado has resulted in stricter policies that ban pot in the airport but don't penalize passengers for possession (they just need to return it to their cars or throw it away before they go through security).
 
Still, there seems to be a lot of leeway in these policies. In 2011, TSA agents at Denver International Airport found a small bag of marijuana in the checked bag of rapper Freddie Gibbs. They left the weed along with a note saying “C’mon son.” However, that casualness definitely does not extend to larger drug trafficking. When Los Angeles TSA found 100 pounds of marijuana wrapped up as a birthday gift during a bag screening they promptly turned it over to DEA and LAPD.
 

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Five Famous Writers That Smoked Weed

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, November, 24th 2014 by THCFinder
five-famour-writersEven though there are studies debunking the “cannabis makes me creative” idea, stoners everywhere will say otherwise. There are a good amount of people who smoke that are some sort of creative, whether that be a tattoo artist, a graphic designer, or a social media specialist. It’s kind of like a “chicken or the egg” saying. Do creative people just like to smoke weed or does the weed enhance a person’s creativity? Cannabis is said to be a mind expanding substance, allowing people to come up with better ideas and to transfer their thoughts to paper more easily. This theory is backed by the hundreds of famous creative people that have brought us entertainment over the years. From newer names like Seth Rogan to the not-so-known tokers such as Shakespeare, it’s clear why people assume that weed and creative people just go together like peanut butter and jelly. Especially when it comes to writing, those who have a lot to write down usually have a bit of bud to help bust through that writer’s block. As a writer myself, I do find that weed makes it easier to type. While this list only contains five names, there are surely many writers out there that utilize cannabis when working.
 
  1. Since we already mentioned him, we’ll start with Shakespeare. Although the famous writer didn’t ever admit to smoking the reefer, it was reported that pieces of pipes were found near his garden. When researchers tested the pipes, they were found to contain traces of hallucinogenics as well as cocaine. Add in the fact that in Shakespeare’s time, Elizabethan England was using the cannabis plant in fabrics as well as paper. Even if Shakespeare wasn’t smoking weed, it’s thought that he was using drugs to enhance his play writing abilities. If you read some of his works, it’s fairly easy to see that the man must’ve been using a substance, as one of his plays even contains a character that makes pies out of people.
  2. As a horror writer, Stephen King has a lot of ridiculous thoughts floating around in his head. After his car accident, things got even weirder and his somewhat scary stories got terrifying. You ever read “It”? Ever read it stoned? King is a master writer and has admitted to smoking weed in the past. Plus, his entire book Tommyknockers was based on his fight with cocaine addiction, I believe, if I’m remembering his words from “In Writing” correctly. King has even said “I think marijuana should not only be legal, I think it should be a cottage industry. It would be wonderful in the state of Maine. There’s some pretty good homegrown dope. I’m sure it would be even better if you could grow it with fertilizers and have greenhouses.”
  3. Hobbits, wizards, dragons, etc. You know that JRR Tolken was smoking something when he wrote the books on Middle Earth. With such a wide range of landscapes, characters, and plots, Tolken’s imagination is something to cherish. Even now, his books are being made in to movies and creating splashes in movie theaters everywhere. If the movies are watched carefully, you’ll notice that the hobbits love to get together and smoke “pipe weed”. Even Galdalf indulges in the smoking!
  4. Dr. Hunter S. Thompson was a well known drug connoisseur so it’s no surprise that he’s on this list. However, his work is so respected, it would probably be offensive to not mention him. In addition to being very in depth in drug culture, Thompson was also a novelist, journalist, and occasionally, a politician. Thompson reportedly told High Times, “I have always loved marijuana. It has been a source of joy and comfort to me for many years. And I still think of it as a basic staple of life, along with beer and ice and grapefruits… And millions of Americans agree with me.”
  5. A poet, a writer, and a painter. Jack Kerouac is a well known name in the free spirited community. He wrote the book On The Road and the novel is practically a bible for those who enjoy drug culture. Kerouac created the term “beat generation”, characterized by a generation of people with respect to native cultures, sexual revolution, negative feelings towards war, as well as the acceptance and decriminalization of marijuana. 

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Ten Ways You Can Use Cannabis

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, November, 21st 2014 by THCFinder

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Yes, it’s for smoking. That’s common knowledge, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this article. But as with most things in the world, the wonderful marijuana plant can be used for many different purposes. It is medical and industrial. With the right funding and some smart people who care about the planet, cannabis could be the most used substance in the world. Not only that but it would save us land and help to produce more oxygen, plus it grows far faster as compared to it’s bark covered relative, the tree. So how can you use cannabis other than packing it in to a pipe and smoking it? Here’s ten ways that cannabis can be used in order to benefit the people of the world.
 
  1. Medicine; the most common use for the cannabis plant is medicinal. After thousands of years of societies using cannabis in order to treat headaches, broken bones, back aches, nausea, cancer, and many other illnesses, people still have trouble accepting the fact that the earth gave us a cure for most health problems known to man. It’s time to wake up, however, and take advantage of such a beautiful asset to the human race.
  2. Clothing; by making clothes out of hemp, we could completely eliminate the need for cotton. The hemp plant can be made in to fiber which in turn can be worn. Wearing organically made clothing would be great, plus hemp has numerous other uses and having fields of such a versatile substance could advance our society greatly.
  3. Fuel; surprisingly, the cannabis plant can be used for fuel. Seeing as how oil is a fossil fuel, there’s only so much time left until we run out of it. Once gas is gone, we will no longer be able to fuel our cars. We will be forced to find an alternate source of fuel if we want to stay so mobile. It would be smarter to switch to a biodegradable fuel rather than a fuel that’s putting huge holes in the ozone and creating smog clouds the size of Los Angeles.
  4. Fiber; in Colonial times, farmers ingested a lot of potatoes since the crop was so easy to grow. Since there was no such thing as fiber bars back then, the farmers had to ingest high amounts of fiber in order to counteract the not so great effects of constantly eating so much starch. Ingesting cannabis nutritionally helped the farmers with this problem.
  5. Pets; rather than putting a nylon collar on your pet, why not use hemp? With a less chance of containing harmful substances, hemp pet supplies are said to be healthier, more durable, and sustainable. While giving your pets pot to eat isn’t such a good idea, your furry companion will be happy to nap on a comfy hemp pet bed!
  6. Hempcrete; concrete is a huge pain and is expensive. It wears under pressure and after a long enough time, it will crack. Not to mention, the substance is extremely heavy, so while it is a great building material, it’s cumbersome. Hempcrete, on the other hand, is concrete but made from the hemp plant. It is half as heavy as concrete and will stand up to the elements longer. Hempcrete also assists with containing cool and heat, depending on the time of year, cutting down on heating and electricity bills. Additionally, hempcrete is far better for the environment, considering it’s naturally made.
  7. Vitamins; hemp seeds contain high amounts of amino acids, providing a great source of vitamins and nutrients to those that consume them. For those that would like healthier alternatives to taking random pills that may contain poison rather than something helpful, hemp seeds are something that should be kept around. There are even cafes in Europe that offer hemp tea, hemp coffee, and even hemp lager!
  8. Rope; historians have said that early man used hemp rope to fashion bamboo stalks together in order to form rafts. So you could say that people have been using hemp rope for a bit. Stronger than what we currently use today, hemp rope is something that people would benefit from using for a multitude of purposes, including maritime purposes. If you’re interested in seeing some history on hemp rope, you can join a maritime museum tour and find out all about it (get stoned first, of course).
  9. Food; instead of using butter or lard or even vegetable oil to cook with, using hemp oil is far healthier for you. Instead of putting anything somewhat harmful, use hemp oil instead. Sometimes, you can even medicate said oil in order to give your food a little added kick. But even if you don’t want to psychoactive aspect, cooking with hempseed oil will make your food taste better and help keep that waistline small (hempseed compared to butter is ridiculously healthy, especially “butter” if you know what I’m saying).
  10. Paper; reportedly, Ben Franklin owned a hemp paper mill in his day and it’s even been said that the original Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper! It’s hard to believe that this wouldn’t be true, as most farmers were required by law to grow hemp back in colonial times. Still, hemp can be made in to paper that doesn’t harm nearly as many trees while simultaneously growing faster and healthier for the planet. As to why we’re still chopping down forests when this simple plant could be used instead, is a mystery. 

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Stoner Bonuses

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, November, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
stoner-bonusesPeople don’t really think about the bonuses one gets from being a pothead. Of course, these days there are prime examples of successful stoners. These people manage to go about their entire days smoking weed. Most of their friends and coworkers wouldn’t even be able to tell that their colleague of ten years is a mega pothead. But even those who are most successful like to get super baked once they get home. There’s not a whole lot better than getting baked at the end of the work day. So what are some of the benefits of being super stoney?
 
Let’s face it; smoking bud makes living a little bit more bearable. These days, with people struggling constantly to pay their bills, smoking weed eases the stress of every day life. Whether it’s a nagging boss or an absent best friend, Mary Jane won’t let you down during those tough times. By smoking a bowl, you’ll manage to ease all of the stress from your job, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your car’s transmission blowing, bothersome parents, or whatever the cause may be.
 
Suffering from a case of the Mondays? Probably if you’ve had a weekend full of partying. Even if you’re not hungover from weekend shenanigans, chances are you’re dreading work on Monday. Well there’s a cure for that dreaded day of the week. It’s called weed. Toking up before you go to your dreaded job (or maybe not dreaded, maybe you just like to be high at work) is sure to make the day more bearable. Starting the day the cannabis way will make things a bit easier for you. And if you are in that fuzzy hangover state of mind, the weed will help clear it up if you pair it with a cup of coffee or juice!
 
Even with TV releasing new episodes of shows all the time, you do find yourself watching reruns from time to time. While some of those shows might be watched four or five times, even the best episodes get old after a bit. Smoking a bit (or a lot) of weed before watching reruns will not only make them seem new but they’ll be way funnier. Futurama high compared to Futurama sober isn’t a fair comparison… Dr. Zoidberg is funniest when you’re baked out of your mind.
 
Suffering from an upset stomach or perhaps a migraine? Not really feeling taking some Advil or Tums (because we all know that shit tastes like chalk)? Marijuana is an amazing (and quick) remedy for an upset stomach, a headache, or muscle pain after a really brutal day at work. Taking a quick bong rip will take away most pain, not to mention settle your stomach if you feel like you need to throw up. With amazing health properties such as pain relief, marijuana is a great substitute for the less desirable handful of pills.

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Five Places To Hide Your Stash (If Needed)

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, November, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
hide-your-stashFive Places To Hide Your Stash (If Needed)
 
In a world where marijuana is far more accepted, a lot of smokers don’t have to worry about hiding their stashes. But for those who still live at home or need to keep their green usage on the down low, there are some clever places to stuff your stash. Even if you don’t need to hide your weed at home, traveling with bud can prove to be stressful and any one of these methods will prove to be an efficient way to transport your bud and keep it hidden from the cops, in case you get pulled over for some silly reason like a light out or perhaps you didn’t completely stop at a stop sign. Regardless of hiding your bud from cops, parents, bothersome roommates, or fellow stoners who steal your stash, at least one of these methods should work for you.
 
Coffee
If you’ve ever ventured in to a candle store where scented candles are sold, you’ll notice that most of them contain a little jar of coffee beans nestled among the candles. The coffee beans clear your head of the numerous scents of the candles and allow you to sample more smells without giving yourself too much of a headache. If you bag up your weed (bag it up well, for real, or perhaps stick it in a small jar) and place it inside of a jug of coffee like Maxwell House, people won’t be able to smell your weed or find it. Just make sure that no one else is drinking the coffee.
 
Boots
People always ask why I wear combat boots with high socks a lot. It’s true, I wear combat boots every single day. One reason is that they’re just dope boots. Doc Martin doesn’t mess around. Another reason is that they are a great spot to tuck weed in to if you’re going to be transporting it for a short time. No one should be getting close enough to your feet to smell weed and the boots will keep it safe from outside assailants. Not to mention that boots always make a great fashion statement for both males and females.
 
Car Stash Spots
If you’ve ever messed around with a car in your spare time, you’ll probably know that most vehicles are equipped with odd little pieces that pop out, revealing ample space behind the piece. Cars such as the Volkswagen contain many pieces like this, especially in the dashboard. From dummy lights to places to stick switches, these stash spots are great for a quick trip with your bud. 
 
Your Hair
Long hair is a perfect hiding spot for cannabis. Seal it up tightly in a baggy, whether you’re a male or female, and tuck it in there somewhere. For girls, a messy bun is a good place to stick weed for a while. For a guy with longer hair (Or dreads!), pretty much do the same thing. Just be aware that you may end up leaving a trail of skunk smell wherever you go. Hopefully your shampoo can overpower the smell of that bag of dank you have nestled in your locks!
 
Pet Food
Being a pet parent, I know that their food legitimately smells like shit. So if you need a place to hide your weed and you have a cat or dog, putting your buds in a tightly wrapped package and hiding it at the bottom of the pet food bag will surely keep it hidden. And if anyone finds it, say you bought the cat some catnip. Just make sure you don’t actually smoke said catnip if you really did buy a bag of it.

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Oxford Dictionaries Word Of The Year Is "Vape"

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, November, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
vape-is-the-word-of-the-yearVape pens are very popular right now, both inside and outside of the marijuana world. Everywhere I go I see people puffing on vape pens. I always wonder how many people are using vape pens for tobacco, or how many are like me and are using vape pens for dabs? Either way, the fact remains that they are everywhere and more and more people are using them for one reason or another. The word ‘vape’ is so popular that Oxford Dictionaries named vape ‘word of the year.’ Per Oxford Dictionaries:
 
As e-cigarettes (or e-cigs) have become much more common, so vape has grown significantly in popularity. You are thirty times more likely to come across the word vape than you were two years ago, and usage has more than doubled in the past year.
 
Usage of vape peaked in April 2014 – as the graph below indicates – around the time that the UK’s first ‘vape café’ (The Vape Lab in Shoreditch, London) opened its doors, and protests were held in response to New York City banning indoor vaping. In the same month, the issue of vaping was debated by The Washington Post, the BBC, and the British newspaper The Telegraph, amongst others.
 
vape graph oxford dictionaries
 
Do you own a vape pen? If so, what brand? My favorite vape pen I’ve ever tried is the  iTaste VV 3.0 combined with The Aquamizer attachment. Just to be clear, I’ve never received even one dollar from the company that makes them, although, I did get a free pen :) They just hit so much smoother and plentiful compared to other vape pens I’ve tried. It’s literally the only consumption device I use these days. Other vape pens require a lot of lung power for not that much payout it seems like. But if there’s a different vape pen that I should try, please let me know below in the comments! Vape on my friends!
 

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