Questions surround legality of marijuana tour bus
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 20th 2014 by THCFinder
SEATTLE -- Getting high while seeing Seattle. Tourism entrepreneurs are making that happen.
It's been more than a month since retailers first started legally selling marijuana across Washington state. WeedBus.Club is an organization that allows passengers to get high on its sightseeing party bus.
"[People] love it," operator William Prigmore said. "They take pictures, they [give] thumbs up. It's great. We get a lot of positive feedback about the weed bus."
The bus' paint job sure makes what promises to be a mind-altering experience hard to miss. Betty Jo Jones, visiting from Montana, couldn't resist snapping a few pictures of the bus Tuesday morning along the Seattle waterfront.
"It's very unique," said Jones. "It's something I don't see every day."
Prigmore says that curiosity is what's driving business. On a Tuesday bus ride from Seattle's piers to SODO, some early-morning passengers took time to smoke during a short pit stop.
"They can smoke on the bus," explained Prigmore. "We go down to Cannabis City. They can buy it legally."
There is no divider separating the driver from the rows of smoke-filled fun. A risk of a second-hand high for the driver is drawing concern.
"Most of the time when they're smoking on the bus, we don't have drivers in there," said Prigmore.
The Seattle Police Department says it will monitor these tourism ventures.
Officers say passengers smoking pot is still considered public smoking, which is illegal. However, enforcing marijuana laws is the department's lowest priority, according to a police spokesperson.
The price for WeedBus.Club is $25 for an hour tour or a donation for passengers traveling a short distance. Prigmore says pot bus competition is heating up, so don't be surprised to see more of the new tourism vehicles on Seattle streets.
Big Business's Marijuana Misconceptions
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, August, 19th 2014 by THCFinder
Businesses are absolutely going to try to corporatize cannabis. They will attempt to take over the industry as is their fashion and push the "little guy" right out of the door. Stoners worry about the mom and pop operations that they have come to love so much. But as always, Big Business (much like Big Pharma) doesn't really care. It's all about the green to them... And by green, you know that I'm not talking about good old Mary Jane. These fat cats want to make money, not help people. And to make matters worse, they don't really understand what cannabis is all about.
- Cannabis is not tobacco. That's definitely clear. While they can be ingested in similar ways, the two substances couldn't be any different. While tobacco promotes lung, throat, and mouth cancer, marijuana has actually shown traits of anti-cancer properties and hemp oil has become one of the main ways to help chemotherapy patients. Tobacco claims the lives of around 480,000 people a year, far more than cannabis's measly 0 deaths, and even blowing alcohol right out of the water (88,000 deaths per year). Weed and tobacco aren't even close to being the same substance and should not be treated as such.
- Cannabis is also not alcohol. Alcohol has very different effects when ingested as compared to cannabis. Both substances have survived prohibition which makes them both rock solid industries. But alcohol is used to escape problems most of the time, sometimes leading the user down a slippery slope that leads to alcoholism. Other problems stem from this, including cancer. The idea that cannabis and alcohol are totally different is only furthered by the fact that Washington state put their state Liquor Control Board in charge of handling the cannabis model and the state has been a complete disaster in regards to the marijuana set up.
- Growing cannabis sucks. It's true. It does. The plants become like children to the grower and when one gets sick, the world stops. Cannabis may be considered a weed but it definitely does not grow like one. To produce the large, fluffy, knock-you-off-your-seat buds that most growers aim for, there needs to be a lot of love and care that goes in to the growing process. Chances are you will not get rich off of growing cannabis and will instead spend your time trying to figure out how to pay your incredibly expensive light bill. To be successful in the marijuana business, you must think of it like the Gold Rush. People didn't really get rich off of gold... But the people who sold the tools used to obtain the gold made bank.
- People of all ages, races, careers, and backgrounds smoke weed. This is not a youth culture anymore. The marijuana community consists of parents, friends, families, grandparents, children, cousins, uncles, aunts, the librarian at your college, or the old store clerk that you paid for gasoline from. There is no "typical" pothead anymore. We are everywhere and people have no idea. No longer is weed a college outlet to hard drugs. It's our medicine, our pass time, our miracle plant.
- If you're going to talk about cannabis, you should probably know about cannabis. There are some people who bash the plant and don't even really know what they're talking about. In this day and age, there are still people who try to get away with using the "gateway drug" theory. No, we're far beyond that now. The technology surrounding cannabis is evolving so fast that you'll miss something if you don't pay the utmost attention. Those that attempt to involve themselves in the cannabis world without brushing up their knowledge first usually fail... Hard. Know the laws, know your product, and know what you stand for
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.
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
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!
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
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