Barcelona Closes One Third Of Its Cannabis Clubs
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 18th 2014 by THCFinder
I have had many friends visit Barcelona, Spain, and they always comment on how marijuana friendly it is. The marijuana is top quality, affordable, and isn’t hard to find from what people tell me. I have never been there before, but I plan on making a trip there someday. Barcelona has had a growing reputation as a top marijuana tourism destination in Europe. It sounds like that reputation isn’t sitting well with government officials. Per Forbes:
After conducting inspections of 145 of the fast-growing cannabis clubs, city officials announced “deficiencies” in management of almost 50 of them, including the illegal sale of cannabis, attempting to attract non-members to their premises, poor ventilation and problems for the neighborhoods where they’re located.
Alerted by an article in the New York Times, Barcelona’s government decided to take on the city’s growing international reputation as a haven for weed smokers.
According to media reports, there are over 700 cannabis clubs across Spain. I think it’s better to have marijuana sales and activity being funneled through the clubs, rather than in dark alleys and on street corners. As a possible tourist to Spain, I plan on trying to acquire marijuana while I’m there. I feel much safer visiting a brick and mortar establishment than tracking down the local drug dealer who may or may not rob me.
Why Stoners Will Love Lucy
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, August, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
Movies are a huge part of the pothead society. We love to watch flicks, what can we say? There are tons of movies out there that people consider stoner classics but the market is a cutthroat one and rivaling for the short attention span of smokers is tough. But thanks to the director of The Fifth Element (another awesome stoner movie that you should watch if you haven't by now) Luc Besson, the new Scarlett Johansen movie may prove to be something that stoners really enjoy. Be careful reading though... This contains some spoilers that you won't want to read if you haven't seen it!
"Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?" is what Lucy says during the opening scenes, over the prehistoric dawn of man. A question that stoners seem to ask a lot, this would definitely appeal to most of the potheads that I know. Be sure that you've got your weed stocked up before watching this movie, as I heard that it's not as good if you're not baked. But with the futuristic cityscape of Taipei, the movie does a good job of drawing you in so at least they've got your attention. It's a little futuristic, a little "today", and definitely for stoners.
Lucy is basically forced to work for Korean gangsters and starts to smuggle drugs, something that a lot of stoners may be able to relate to (not smuggling so much but almost everyone I know that smokes weed has also sold it at some point in their lives). Against her choice, Lucy is forced to ingest bags of magical drugs that look like blue crystals, called CPH4. The drugs cause mind bending experiences, rivaling the drug that the movie may or may have not been subliminally named after.
When the drugs enter Lucy's system, not only does she suddenly defy gravity as the transformation happens, her eyes begin to flash in crazy cosmic shifts, including galaxies, animal eyes, and other strange images projected. She begins to see how the trees grow, how cell phones operate, and how the human body functions. Flashback to the Matrix and Neo, the One, who could see bodies made of binary code. Lucy also gains the ability to slow down and speed up time, basically making her a remote control to the universe.
You may like the movie or you may not. Whatever the case is, it's definitely recommended that you give it a shot. Be sure that you get nice and baked to ensure that you have a somewhat good time. Grab your popcorn (medicate that shit if you can), maybe a medicated lemonade drink, and get to watching!
Doctor Reverts To Medieval Marijuana Arguments
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, August, 15th 2014 by THCFinder
There are quite a few industries that would suffer if marijuana was to become completely legal. This includes paper, gasoline, and cotton, among many others. But on industry that not many people think of (probably because most people don't see marijuana as addictive) is "Big Rehab". The groups that work to help "marijuana addicts" would suffer greatly if young kids didn't have to get sent through their rehabilitation programs and adults wouldn't have to tell everyone that they're in rehab for marijuana. If you're one of those people that constantly trolls Instagram, denying the low blows that anti-potters will throw, you should absolutely keep reading.
The spokesperson of the medieval marijuana movement? Doctor Stuart Gitlow, the head of the American Society for Addiction Medicine. Gitlow blasted his opinion over the CNN website, stating "but with marijuana, people can also experience long term psychiatric disease and those who use it heavily prior to age 25 are more likely than nonusers to experience a drop in IQ". Gitlow actually repeated that statement just in case we didn't understand it the first time. Basically, all he's saying is that marijuana makes you stupid, a myth that has long been thrown out of the door. Underage (18 and under) use of the plant is not recommended (and no one's really pushing for 16 year olds to start toking up anyway).
The credentials that Gitlow referred to weren't that solid either. He quoted a study from New Zealand that said teen pot smokers lose 8 IQ points in adulthood. But what he neglected to mention in his radical opinion piece is that the study was debunked later by a researcher who actually discovered that socioeconomic factors were the cause of the drop, not cannabis. Additionally, IQs have been on the rise since the 50s, along with the explosion of marijuana support. The only correlation that I see here is that weed is making people smarter, not more stupid.
"As with tobacco, a significant number of people who try marijuana will become addicted. Research says that one in six teens who start using marijuana will become addicted. Will you die young, as with tobacco? We'll have to wait a generation to find out, just as we did with tobacco. Our children will be the guinea pigs," Gitlow also babbled in his opinion piece.
Hold up... Marijuana smoking has been around for years and years. While celebrities like Amy Winehouse, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Peaches Geldof overdose on drugs like heroin and cocaine, people like Cheech and Chong are still toking... Hard. Those that have stuck to that green only diet have definitely showed that smoking weed won't kill you... In fact, Chong beat prostate cancer using the plant and where have been studies released saying that there are far more health benefits to cannabis then we know as of right now.
Gitlow also suggested that making no money from marijuana is better than making any money, making it seem like the taxed revenue is blood money. He suggests that as a society, we will ultimately lose money in order to regulate the sale of marijuana. He compares them to alcohol and tobacco but again, I think Gitlow forgets what substances are really harmful. Alcohol and tobacco cause liver damage, lung cancer, drunk driving, deadly fires, and many other problems within society. Seeing as how Colorado and Washington haven't collapsed under the weight of the marijuana industry (maybe a little bit but only because of all the money they're raking in), it would appear that it's safe to say that Gitlow and his buddies are just genuinely worried about not getting that new Cadillac
New Mexico Employers Discriminating Against Patients?
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, August, 14th 2014 by THCFinder
The older you get, the less worried you become about things like epilepsy, seeing as how disorders like that tend to develop earlier in life. This wasn't the case for Robert Pack, a manager of ticketing and audience services at the Monterrey Symphony Orchestra located in Carmel, California. It was at this time as a manager that Pack discovered that he had adult onset epilepsy after he had a seizure at work one day.
Of course, Pack was immediately prescribed multiple medications, non of which seemed to work except one. This particular drug gave Pack severe nausea, extremely bad anxiety, and insomnia. These effects began to have a toll and Pack's doctor recommended utilizing the cannabis plant in order to stem the bad side effects. When Pack started using marijuana, he noticed an incredible difference in how he felt. "Let me just say that cannabis is the absolute best anti nausea medication in the world. Absolutely the best. It immediately mitigated the nausea. It immediately took care of the anxiety and my appetite improved. It became more normal," he says. Pack used cannabis twice a day, every day without fail, since then. And because he lived in California, he was a medical marijuana patient. But he still didn't inform his employer of this new medicine and instead, kept it quiet while he wrestled with his health issues.
When Pack's mother died, he was driven back to Carlsbad, New Mexico where he was offered a job at Hastings bookstore as an assistant manager. The catch? He had to pass a drug test. But when Pack informed the regional management at Hastings about his medication, they didn't really say anything other than to go ahead and take the test. "They were kind of giving me the wink to go and get a masking kit and cover it up," Pack said. But as a proud medical marijuana patient, he didn't want to cover up his cannabis use. So he failed the test. "They withdrew the job offer because I did test positive for cannabis use and I pointed out to them that New Mexico was a legal state that didn't matter. I pointed out to them that I had no criminal record. That didn't matter. My work record. My experience. None of that mattered," he stated.
There are five states in the US that have implemented laws against employers discriminating against cannabis using patients. New Mexico still hasn't put those laws in to place. For now, Pack has retired but not by choice. He refuses to stand down and lives off of the family farm. He spends the majority of his time advocating employee rights in New Mexico, working to get employers to accept the medical marijuana users in to the empty jobs. It's sad to see patients be so discriminated against and hopefully, the laws adapt soon to protect patients from terrible employers that just don't seem to care
Five Heroic Stoners In Movies
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
Stoners are pretty much always portrayed as lazy bums. Even though we've been pushing the successful stoner idea for years, people still think we're just sitting around eating chips and watching cartoons. I mean, we like to do that more than most people but we still get shit done as well. Stoners should be recognized for their incredible efforts, especially in the film world. While most people see some goofy comedy, us potheads understand the stoner struggle and the challenges that come with being a pothead.
1. The Half Baked Trio
The guys from Half Baked should be honored for their efforts! Their friend gets taken off to jail and these three friends create a super elaborate plan to bust him out. They get the plan set up, put it in to action, and get it done, managing to not only get their friend out of jail but accomplish basically every goal for each of the friends. Hell yeah, you potheads.
2. Pineapple Express
Staying high and busting the bad guys? Seems legit and Seth Rogan and James Franco nailed it in this flick. Plus, the added hilarity of Danny McBride? The two start off as just dealer-buyer and end up being best buds by the end of the film, having stayed stoned and (mostly) safe throughout the entire movie. They get rid of the bad guys and even McBride makes it out alive... Kind of.
3. Cabin In The Woods
In this creepy, brutal, gore filled horror, Fran Kranz plays a "typical" stoner. He becomes dismissed about halfway through the film and you think that his witty comments are at an end but he reappears later, killing monsters like a boss. Since the end of the world is inevitable, there's no "day saved" moment for this pothead. But he proved to the masses that the dumb stoner isn't always the first one to die and may actually be the smartest one in the group.
4. Scooby & Shaggy
They may not seem that heroic but they definitely do help out a lot. Even though they spend a lot of time eating their munchies, they still work hard with the group to track down the bad guys. A scruffy hippy and a talking dog are an odd duo but they seem to work out pretty damn good.
5. How High
Silas P. Silas and Jamal King bust their asses to get through college... Kind of. They are pretty smart and manage to outdo all of their rivals, managing to even plant weed that can make you see dead people. I definitely haven't tried that strain yet... But these two guys are definitely hardworking to say the least and manage to provide a comedic laugh in there as well.
When Will Florida Legalize Recreational Marijuana?
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 13th 2014 by THCFinder
On Election Day 2014, Florida voters will get the chance to legalize medical marijuana. Because the initiative is a constitutional amendment, the initiative will need at least 60% of voters to vote ‘yes.’ The battle in Florida has been fierce, with both sides raising millions of dollars. Polls show that the initiative is winning, but polls don’t always translate to reality on Election Day. However, I’m confident that victory will be achieved in Florida in November.
With marijuana reform on people’s minds in Florida, a question that I get quite a bit these days is ‘when will Florida legalize recreational marijuana?’ Unlike states like Texas and New York, Florida has an initiative process which boosts the odds of full legalization. States that have to rely solely on their legislatures to approve legalization face a much tougher fight. But just because Florida has an initiative process doesn’t mean it’s a slam dunk that legalization will happen soon.
Florida’s initiative process, and what it takes to win on Election Day, is one of the toughest in the nation. In order to qualify an initiative for the upcoming election, organizers have to get enough valid signatures to equal at least 8% of the last Presidential vote in Florida. For the 2014 Election, this worked out to 683,149 signatures. And considering that not every signature is valid, a campaign would have to gather significantly more than that to ensure there are enough to survive the verification process. That’s a ton of signatures. Compare that to my home state of Oregon, which requires less than 90,000.
To make matters even tougher in Florida, there are district requirements for where signatures have to be gathered from. For the 2014 election, at least 68,314 valid signatures had to have been gathered from at least 7 different Congressional districts. Compare that to my home state of Oregon, where signatures can be gathered from anywhere in the state. It makes it much tougher to meet initiative qualification requirements. It’s hard to find seven different parts of any state that are sympathetic to a political cause, marijuana or otherwise.
But there is good news for Florida. Signature requirements are tough in the state, but the 2014 medical marijuana effort proves that it can be done for marijuana reform. Also, the 2014 medical marijuana campaign has shown that there is significant financial support for a marijuana reform campaign. Last I heard the campaign had raised over five million dollars, which is a very large amount for a campaign.
The last poll I saw from Florida showed 55% support for legalization. That’s enough for almost any other state to get funders on board, however, because Florida requires a 60% ‘yes’ vote, it could signal that Florida may have to wait until polling shows even higher support. Due to the signature gathering requirements, polling, and the 60% ‘yes’ vote requirement, I think Florida may not be a sure shot for 2016. 2018 is a mid-term election year, which is hard to get funders and organizations on board with. I think Florida’s best bet for legalization is 2020, but I’m hopeful that federal reform will have been acheived by then, which would make a Florida legalization effort unnecessary. I would LOVE to be wrong about 2016, but I think Florida will have to wait awhile before recreational legalization becomes a reality there.
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