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Down The Stereotypes

Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, January, 8th 2014 by THCFinder
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As cannabis users, we work extremely hard to disprove the annoying stereotypes that still stick with us to this day. No one seems to view Tommy Chong as a man who beat cancer with cannabis oil or as one of the leading cannabis activists, has brought the community much farther than we ever could have gotten without him. No they see him as some spaced out pothead that drives around in an ice cream truck full of weed. I think it's safe to say that marijuana has come a long way from "Dave's not here, man". While we recognize the foundations of the stoner community, it's important to show the world that we are not just a bunch of boring, lazy bums with no real goals in life.
 
While digging through the endless piles of junk on the internet, I stumbled across an article written by David Brooks, a writer at the New York Times. It was titled "Weed; Been There. Done That" and I felt compelled to see what a former smoker had to say about the status of cannabis these days and why he'd made the choice to not smoke any more. As with most, this choice just sort of happened. Marijuana is either for you or not, kind of like the idea of tattoo addiction. You either really like it and continue to indulge or you don't and you get a couple and call it quits. Brooks and his buddies just sort of let their cannabis use dwindle out. There's definitely nothing wrong with it but the portrayal of the stoner was more than offensive.
 
In the piece, Brooks stated that stoners are not interesting and that being a smoker is not something one should be proud of. I'm not sure if he's just been ignoring social media or cannabis just isn't as apparent as I thought but stoners are really proud of their smoking... Really proud. From stickers to sweaters to hats, stoners will wear anything that has cannabis related symbols on it. Entire companies are based off of sales of pot related clothing. If people are buying it, they must be wearing it. I myself am currently wearing a very comfortable pair of weed leaf printed socks and don't plan on changing when I go out later. Stoners are proud to smoke. And we are definitely interesting. Since the more widespread acceptance of cannabis, people of all different careers and backgrounds are being more open with their cannabis use. Doctors, teachers, police officers, and former military are all people who use cannabis. The weed smoking pool has extended past the drug rug wearing high school senior.
 
The article that Brooks wrote went on to say that stoners do stupid things. While it is true that stoners can be slightly goofy, we are not stupid nor do we do stupid things more than other people. In this day and age, stupidity is basically a birthright and being stoned makes it easier to cope with the absurd amount of stupidity that seems to have overtaken the human race. I can't stress it enough; "if you were stupid after smoking weed, chances are you were stupid before you smoked". That statement could not be more true. Being a functioning, upstanding stoner is something that pot users are extremely proud of.
 
Stoners work hard and you never know who might be a secret stoner. Your banker might be lighting up when she gets home from work or your dentist maybe packs a bowl after he's done drilling cavities out of your mouth. You don't know who smokes so there is really no reason to say "stoners are stupid" or "smoking pot makes you do stupid things". It's the choice of the individual to do stupid things. Marijuana doesn't make you do them, it's just a scapegoat.

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What To Expect When Buying Legal Bud

Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, January, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
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Buying weed legally is probably going to seem weird to people for a while, since most people have been sneaking around police, laws, and parents for years when they're simply just trying to get a little high. Hopefully knowing what to expect might make people a little less uneasy about buying their bud at a store, rather than on the street. Buying and smoking cannabis should be an enjoyable experience. If you're heading to Colorado to visit one of the few recreational cannabis shops, here's what you can expect thanks to a fellow stoner who's been through the process numerous times already!
 
- Similar to the packaging of alcohol in most states, your marijuana will be sold to you in a brown paper bag so that everyone will definitely not suspect that you're carrying a sneaky substance with you. No one will know you just bought marijuana. Obviously.
 
- When you open the bag, your bud will be in there but you won't get to look at it yet! It's packaged in a sealed container and comes with a nice little card that tells you about the cannabis laws that are specific to the state of Colorado.
 
- Every container has a warning on it, a batch number, the day that it was sold, and the weight of what it contains. So basically, it looks like medicine.
 
- The safety warning states that you shouldn't operate machinery or use marijuana if you're pregnant.
 
- Each container is sealed with a zip tie and will remain sealed until opened, which means no stink thankfully!
 
- And now? You smoke! Enjoy the fact that your geographical location allows you to smoke a plant and not worry about going to jail for it! The rest of the world will catch up eventually... We hope!

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Cannabis In CO

Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, January, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
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Well it's happened. Cannabis has become legal in two states and the day has passed where stores opened their doors to hundreds if not thousands of stoners, eager to get their hands on the first batch of legal cannabis since the drug war began and people began referring to the plant as Devil's Lettuce. It's definitely amazing that we are able to see the beginning of a cannabis accepting society, in which stoners are no longer prosecuted and disliked.
 
CNN came up with a list of a few things that people should know about the new laws that are being put forth by Colorado officials in order to keep the cannabis trade under control. With shops worrying every day about whether their supply will last until close and cannabis tourism growing in to a bigger business every day, raking in the money for the state, people are starting to worry that this will form a problem in the future.
 
1. How is cannabis legal?
Because democracy. Because we're still allowed to vote. The citizens of Colorado voted to have this measure passed and thankfully, the officials listened.
 
2. Why legalize?
Cannabis will save taxpayers billions of dollars a year, not to mention create a huge revenue for the state itself, since cannabis is a huge tourism attraction.
 
3. Is medical separate from recreational?
Yes. Recreational marijuana will have a 25% tax on it, as well as a state tax. This makes marijuana one of the highest taxed products in the state. Medical users do not have to pay the 25% tax and will continue to receive their medicine at the normal price. Medical shops and recreational shops will be separated.
 
4. How much pot can one purchase at one time?
Recreational users that are 21 or older can purchase up to an ounce at a time with a Colorado issued ID. Those from out of state can buy up to a quarter. Recreational users can also share weed with another, being able to "gift" in amounts up to an ounce.
 
5. Where can I light up?
Not in the park! Or in the street! Or anywhere that's considered public. Be careful when toking up, as you can still get ticketed for smoking in a public place. However, you can smoke on private properties so you're safe at your buddies house or curled up in bed on a snowy day.
 
6. Can I grow my own?
You can still grow your own bud. A person may have up to six plants in their home but the garden must be enclosed and locked.
 
7. If I'm underage, can I still smoke?
Person's under the age of 21 can't buy weed but for those 18-21, marijuana has been decriminalized, allowing these young people to avoid jail time and receive a fine instead. Those that are under 18 can still be sent to a juvenile facility if found in possession of cannabis.
 
8. Can you get a marijuana DUI?
Yes. They can measure the amount of THC in your blood and it must be below 5 nanograms. How exactly they plan to test drivers for cannabis consumption is a mystery, since the amount of THC that remains in a person depends upon the person. Everyone is different. The marijuana DUI is still a work in progress.
 
9. What about our friends the Feds?
As always, this relationship is one of extreme strain. In August, the Feds said that they would no longer interfere with the legal states. However, we can't really be sure that the Feds will stand by that statement or not.

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Five Very Credible People Who Support Cannabis

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, January, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder
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Celebrities support cannabis and this is a common fact. There are tons of artists that have songs about smoking blunts and drinking and selling/buying weed. Plus, with the stress of such a fast paced life, who wouldn't be smoking bud? But while celebrities have a huge effect on society, they don't seem to have the same effect on politicians. The following five people have been involved (or are involved) in politics and are supporters of cannabis legalization.
 
1. Joycelyn Elders is a Former US Surgeon General. During and after her tenure, she spoke out regarding many policies, including the legalization of cannabis.
 
2. Politician Ron Paul served as state rep in Texas and helped to cosponsor the States' Rights To Medical Marijuana Act. He's voted in favor of multiple hemp and cannabis related issues. Unfortunately, since he didn't have bottomless pockets, he didn't get elected for President like a lot of stoners hoped.
 
3. As an actor-gone-politician, Jess Venture has said numerous times that the legalization of marijuana would help to lower crime rates everywhere and boost the American economy up out of its slump.
 
4. Oprah has admitted to smoking ganja before. While she may not be a direct politician, she is an activist for many causes and could do wonders with her sway over society to promote the legalization of cannabis, including influence politicians. No one is safe from the media.
 
5. Obama himself has admitted to using cannabis. Not only that but he's the subject of a good amount of cannabis related memes around the internet.
 
Having the support of influential people like these is extremely important. If we have important politicians on our side, then our voices might be heard. Cannabis stands a better chance of becoming legal with every day that passes. It will be a great day when we can finally smoke where ever we want and get our cannabis from reputable places, rather than dark parking lots.

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Is The Price For Legal Marijuana In Colorado Too High?

Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, January, 3rd 2014 by THCFinder

In case you have been living under a rock the last couple of days, marijuana sales are now legal in Colorado. I read about one store serving over 1,000 customers on opening day. As Russ Belville pointed out, “if each customer bought at least an 1/8th for $40 bucks, that’s $14,000 in tax revenue generated. Off of one store. In one day.” Now imagine when all of the retail outlets open up in Colorado, and Washington, and eventually beyond. That will be a pile of money that is so huge even Kevin Sabet will have to get on board.

Anyone that was following the marijuana sales in Colorado yesterday probably noticed that the reported prices for marijuana sales rose during the day. The first official purchase was by Iraq War veteran Sean Azzariti. His receipt can be seen below:

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That’s $59.74 for an eighth of Bubba Kush and a truffle, plus tax. As the day went on, I saw numbers go up over $60 for an eighth. People on the West Coast were blown away by that price. Living in Oregon, I used to be blown away by those prices, but now I talk to so many people via the blog in other states and realize that how you feel about the price in of marijuana in one area depends on where you live.

If you live on the West Coast, you can find cheap eighths all day of top shelf marijuana. $20-30 is normal in Oregon where I live, and can even get cheaper if you have the right friends. So looking at Colorado prices can seem crazy. However, go just one state over to Idaho where my cousins live, and their perspective is way different. A $60 eighth of Girl Scout Cookies sounds like an unrealistically great deal to them, and they are making plans to visit to Colorado ASAP.

How do you feel about a $60 eighth? Keep in mind, I’ve been to Colorado, and they have some of the best of the best. I know when I’m far from home, I don’t have a problem paying a premium price for premium marijuana. Or in very desperate times, even a premium price for medium marijuana. I remember one time when I was in Vegas and was on day four of no weed I bought half a gram for $20 of some solid Kush and was stoked to have it! It all just depends on the scenario I suppose.

Source: http://www.theweedblog.com


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The Perc Struggle

Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, January, 2nd 2014 by THCFinder
There's multiple different kinds of percs that get put in to bongs these days. As more glass artists appear on the market, more and more interesting percolators become available. Most people know the traditional ones like the shower head, the dome, and the tree. But these days, there's a lot more going on in that filtration device than you think! Here's three of the newest, most eye catching percs that are available to stoners!
 
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Fritted Disc;
This has to be my personal favorite. The fritted disc perc is basically a sheet of crushed glass with hundreds of holes. The smoke is filtered through these multiple holes. Not only does this make the hit incredibly smooth, it looks incredible. The fritted disc is definitely something awesome that is just now seeming to make a big appearance on the market.
 
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Honey comb;
These pieces are absolutely incredible! While not only being extremely photogenic, the honeycombs resemble the fritted discs but are slightly more put together, rather than just being a sheet of crushed glass. The honeycomb considerably cools down the smoke and allows the user to take bigger hits!
 
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Pinwheel;
Combining the Dewar perc with low placed arms that form a swirling pattern, this kind of perc is like a remade version of the ring perc that is found in some pieces. The appeal of the pinwheel is the "slow draw", although this method hasn't been proven to increase high. The hit from a pinwheel is incredibly smooth.
 
Some people think that by getting a piece with a percolator in it is a waste of money. There are stoners who are 100% against them, claiming that a regular bong with a straight pipe is exactly the same as any piece containing a perc. In my personal experience, this is completely untrue. By having a perc in your bong, the smoke is filtered and cooled, allowing you to take smoother, bigger hits. It's highly recommended that you buy bongs that contain some sort of perc, depending on your personal preference! The choice can be hard but you'll be thankful when you're taking those huge hits!

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