More Smokers Leading To Less Failed Drug Tests?
Employee drug testing is a huge issue in the cannabis community right now. Since the laws are changing, it's hard to imagine employers still trying to test for THC, especially in a legal or medical state. If the law and your doctor say you can smoke, but you can't get a job because the hiring party tests for THC? Smokers don't even get a chance to prove their worth. They're eliminated as soon as they fail the test. But oddly enough, as more people start to smoke pot and be open about their choice to do so, the rate of failed drug tests is falling.
The American medical testing company, Quest Diagnostics, analyzed the results of drug testing only to discover that those testing positive for marijuana has fallen under 2%. This study was based on millions of drug tests, submitted to the company by employers. Results show a steady decline in positive marijuana test results over the past ten years. Granted, the rate was at 3% in 2002, it's strange that there would be a decrease... Or stoners have just outsmarted the test. Considering that there are so many people smoking these days, I'd say that we've outsmarted employers for sure.
Declining positive test results is happening for a few reasons. One would be the fact that most people are aware of what companies and jobs call for the pre employment drug test. If the smoker is aware that the test is coming, they can refrain from smoking. This method isn't always the most assuring, since THC can sit in fat cells for months. While some continuous smokers can manage to pass a drug test within two weeks of stopping their smoking, not everyone is as lucky and some people fail months down the road.
There's also the ways that stoners have thought of to pass a drug test. This include using synthetic urine, detox drinks, and a non-smokers urine. These methods are the most reliable, with the exception of the detox drinks. Faking it is probably the best method that stoners have come up with in order to pass the tests. With so many easy ways advertised to help you pass, more smokers are resorting to this way of passing than any other.
The Woes Of Buying From Street Dealers
Not everyone has a dispensary in their city... Or anywhere near them for that matter. So these stoners have to resort to other ways of getting their bud and most of the times, that's a street dealer. While there may be some people who enjoy getting their weed from a street dealer, the cons definitely outweigh the pros. There are hundreds of jokes about the unreliability of the street dealer, from the time they get you the weed to the strain name. And of course, everything in between.
The male marijuana street dealer always seems to have a problem with time. He says he's ten minutes from your place, when in reality, he's sitting in the drive through at McDonald's. These dudes can also be extremely awkward to be around, depending on their level of arrogance. For some reason, the male street dealer always seems to think that they're a bigger deal than Pablo Escobar. This effects the way that they treat their customers, sometimes being far more rude than necessary. It's also odd when he pulls up to your chosen meeting place with other people in the car that you don't know. Not only are you being forced to buy bud illegally, you're doing in front of who knows who. The last worst part of the male dealer is if you happen to be female. Occasionally, if a girl is forced to buy from an unfamiliar guy, there may be other consequences. I bought weed from this 19 year old kid once because I was incredibly desperate and he called me for weeks afterwards, to the point where I thought I would have to change my number. Dealer turned stalker!
The female street dealer can be a huge pain. If you've ever gotten a bag of weed from a chick and tried to smoke it, only to find out that it tastes like Abercrombie perfume is a huge letdown. Unfortunately, this happens far too often. If not caught in time, the perfume can permeate the entire bag of weed, rendering the bud awful tasting and basically useless. Another issue with the female street dealer is the fact that they tend to chat a lot, meaning that buying weed becomes an hour long endeavor, possibly even longer! Although, there are plenty of people who enjoy buying weed from a cute girl, so I suppose that most could probably tolerate the perfume and the talking. Female dealers also tend to be a lot more harsh than males, especially when it comes to exact weight and fronting. A girl has to protect her business by being smart, especially when the cannabis game is so primarily populated by males.
Buying weed should be an easy process, much like buying cigarettes. If stoners could just walk in to a gas station and buy a pack of joints, life would be far more simple. Instead, those that are still in illegal states have no choice but to deal with the street dealers. Even though there are plenty of issues when buying weed this way, stoners want to smoke as much as fish want to swim. Whether you're buying from a dispensary or from someone on the street, happy smoking!
The Federal Government Really Hates Cannabis
For the land of the free, America has a decent amount of rules set in place when it comes to cannabis. These days, you can't even admit to smoking weed at the Canadian border without being barred from the states, regardless of the fact that there may not be any cannabis present in the car or the person's system at the time. Not only that but the war between state and federal law is ever so much closer to boiling over with the recent raids on medical dispensaries in Colorado.
Grow Laws; In the US according to federal law, less than fifty plants will get you put in jail for up to 5 years, as well as slap you with a fine of $250,000. This includes growing only a single cannabis plant. 50-99 plants will earn you 20 years and a $1 million fine and it just gets worse from there. Considering that there are two states that have legalized cannabis, the federal government should eliminate their extreme penalties for simply farming.
Possession Laws; Carrying any amount of marijuana will automatically get you $1,000 fine and incarceration of up to a year. That's for the first offense. The second offense will get you a minimum of 15 days but no maximum. If you do get caught this second time, you also should expect to get fined $2,500. The third time (and any time after that), you can get 90 days to 3 years... Possibly more. The fine for this is $5,000.
Selling Laws; Basically, no matter what amount you sell, you're going away for at least five years. This law is extremely strict. The NORML website stated that for less than 50 kg of marijuana, it is a felony, five years in prison, and a fine of $250,000. 50 kg translates in to a bit more than 1700 ounces. That's a lot of marijuana. So even the sale of a single gram can get you five years according the federal law.
There are places where the rules are even more strict but the difference is that those places aren't actively searching for cannabis users and are usually paying attention to more pressing matters. It's also an extremely unfair case in the US due to the legalization of the plant in two states and more than a couple towns across the country. While there are some that say "state law is always trumped by federal law", one must counter reply with "democracy trumps federal law". The people have voted to be allowed to use cannabis, whether or not it's for medical reasons. The laws on cannabis are far too strict and need to be reevaluated to reflect the votes of the people.
How To Be A Productive Pothead
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, December, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
The most well known stereotype that stoners deal with is that we're lazy. We smoke too much bud to do anything but sit around and stare off in to space. Fortunately for us, that's not the truth anymore. Potheads have worked very hard in order to negate that stereotype and we have done a very good job of it. Stoners have managed to infiltrate almost every career path, from retail to engineering. Stoners work far harder than anyone at excelling because the bar has been set so high. No pun intended.
The first step to being a productive pothead is knowing how to handle yourself when you're sober and when you're stoned. Being able to function in both states of mind is key, although there are some people who are only able to function extremely well when they are high. You should be able to tell when you've smoked enough, whether or not you can handle being high at work, and if being stoned while on the job is safe for you and your coworkers. By knowing your limits and exhibiting self control, one can smoke and hold at job, while sometimes even excelling. It goes back to the very popular saying "If you're lazy when you smoke weed, you were lazy before you smoked".
To be a productive pothead, one must find something they love. Smoking is said to be a huge enlightenment on your mind, opening the smoker's eyes to new possibilities and scenarios. If you're stuck in a mundane job that you don't enjoy, smoking is going to make you dislike it even more. But if, every day, you make money by working at something that you really enjoy, the weed will only enhance that job and make being there better, as well as make the work you do better. And if you can't do what you love right now, start working towards it. It may take a while or it may take a few months but keeping yourself motivated is important.
Marijuana is a privilege. The plant should be used to make life better, rather than to hinder it. If you can't smoke and be productive, then you really shouldn't be smoking. Self control is extremely important, just as important as debunking the lazy stoner" stereotype. We are not lazy and it sure is offensive to be called as such. There are some stoners that work harder than any of the people around them, smokers and non smokers alike. Proving that we are productive and motivated will only further marijuana acceptance.
Animals & Cannabis
Category: Culture | Posted on Sat, December, 7th 2013 by THCFinder
The only thing that stoners value more than cannabis are their animal companions. Getting stoned and playing with a cat or dog can be a lot of fun. They love you unconditionally and you love them back, without ever worrying that they'll stab you in the back or spread rumors. As long as you give them a steady supply of kibbles, a pet will be your best friend. Unfortunately, our pets don't live as long as we do and it can be extremely hard to say goodbye, especially if the pet is in pain and suffering. Seeing as how almost every creature alive has THC receptors in their brain, is it okay to give sick pets cannabis?
Some people are strongly against giving their pet cannabis. Probably because all that they've experienced is their dog eating their carelessly left out plate of special brownies. Dogs shouldn't eat chocolate in the first place, especially brownies dosed with an amount meant for humans. Allowing an animal to eat our edibles isn't okay and should be avoided. Don't leave brownies or medicate treats out where a pet could reach them. Another don't when it comes to pets and cannabis, avoid blowing smoke at a pet. Their heightened senses are very sensitive to cannabis (or any) smoke and blowing it right at them can be harmful.
However, in the right amount and the proper form, cannabis can transform a sick animal in to a happier one, even if the poor pet is getting up there in age. There is even evidence that cannabis was used by the Ancient Greeks to treat horses with wounds. The cannabis was mixed with other herbs and applied to the injury. The paste assisted with inflammation and pain. This substance is still sold today, under the name Lame Away, which is made with the non-psychoactive THC-A ingredient so it won't get the animal high. Not only does Lame Away carry the poultice, they also produce a salve and an internal tincture as well.
There are multiple accounts of pet owners who have animals that get diagnosed with cancer or other life threatening illnesses in which the animal begins to deteriorate, much like a sick human. They lose their love for life and no longer play. They don't eat the same and have trouble sleeping. While cannabis isn't going to prolong the life of your pet (well it may, but not forever), it will allow your animal to enjoy themselves. The reports claim that pets that are given a cannabis treatment have a newfound energy and playfulness. We understand that as humans, we will outlive our pets. As their owners, we should make them feel as good as possible in their final days.
How Authorities Plan To Find Pot
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, December, 6th 2013 by THCFinder
The authorities seem to have a real issue coming up with ideas of how to catch those who indulge in smoking the reefer. From sobriety checkpoints to drug sniffing dogs, nothing really seems to work that well for them. Now this new method of tracking down bud smokers is a little odd but apparently, seems to be all the rave in order to catch smokers. This invention is called the Nasal Ranger and allegedly can track down a pot smoker in a public place.
This device is placed over the user's nose and detects the potency of certain odors, like pot. The Nasal Ranger (Am I the only one that laughs at the name?) produces an odorous baseline gas that compares unwanted odors to itself, thus allowing the user to figure out how near or far the odor actually is. Not only that, but this tricky little machine comes with a tool to calibrate itself to different "sniffers". Pretty crazy right?
If a stoner gets busted smoking in a public place, the fines reach up to $2,000. This includes states such as Colorado, where it is illegal to smoke in public places. Authorities seem to think that by using the Nasal Rangers, they can keep public pot use to a minimum. Possible, but have they really taken the vaporizers in to consideration? And why is it not allowed to smoke pot in public but people can rip cigarettes where ever and whenever they want. At least marijuana smoke smells far better than the awful smell of cigarettes.
Smoking in public should not be a worry of the authorities. There are other things that could be bought with the money that will be poured in to supplying police departments with the Nasal Ranger. While it is quite a funny contraption, they're not cheap. As they develop more, the price tag will probably increase, which is another factor to take in to consideration. Whatever the case, if you're smoking in public, it's best to carry a smoke buddy or spoof with you. I realize that this resorts us back to being 16 years old in our parents house but it is what it is! Stay sneaky, my fellow stoners!
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